June 13, 2011

Castleton Names Scardillo New Women's Coach

from press release

CASTLETON, Vt. - Castleton State College Associate Dean for Athletics and Recreation Deanna Tyson, is pleased to announce the hiring of Mary Kate Scardillo as the head coach for Castleton's volleyball and women's lacrosse teams.

A 2009 graduate of Nazareth College, where she was a four-year member of the lacrosse team, Scardillo has spent the past two seasons at Castleton as Graduate Assistant with the . While at Castleton, Scardillo helped with all aspects of the program which compiled a 25-11 record and made back-to-back appearances in the New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) Championship.

While at Nazareth, Scardillo was a three-time captain and a part of two NCAA Division III National Tournament teams (2006, 2007), earning honorable mention to the Empire Eight All-Conference Team in 2009.

"Mary Kate has demonstrated an ability to recruit strong student-athletes to the women's lacrosse program, as well as taking on an increased leadership role this past season," Tyson said. "I have no doubt that her strong work ethic and positive attitude will translate well from the lacrosse field to the volleyball court."

A native of Slingerlands, New York, Scardillo played volleyball, basketball and lacrosse at the Academy of the Holy Names and earned Most Valuable Player for the 2003 volleyball squad. Growing up in the local hotbed for volleyball talent, Scardillo has a good sense of the type of student-athlete she intends to target for the volleyball team.

"We definitely want to surround our solid returning nucleus with players who want to work hard and compete both in the classroom and on the court," Scardillo said. "I think by using some of my connections in the Capital District we can certainly develop a good recruiting base for the future."

Scardillo takes over the volleyball program from Bethany Torrice, who stepped down this spring after three seasons at Castleton.

The women's lacrosse team will be joining the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) next season, after spending the past 11 competing in the NEWLA. Castleton was a perfect 3-0 against NAC opponents last season, defeating Colby-Sawyer, Green Mountain and Thomas as part of its 12-5 campaign.

Tammy Landon, who has coached the Spartan lacrosse team for the past five seasons, will remain the Castleton field hockey coach as well as director of the aquatics program and senior woman administrator. Landon took over the struggling program in 2007 and amassed a 56-35 record, including a program-best 15-4 mark in 2009.

"I have learned a lot about being an effective leader from Tammy over the past two seasons, and we will look to build on the strong foundation she has in place," Scardillo said. "I'm grateful for the opportunity and look forward to working alongside the great staff of coaches and administrators here at Castleton."

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