Molly Ortolano enters her second season as assistant women's lacrosse coach at Siena College. In her first season, Ortolano helped to lead the program to its second highest win total and first MAAC Tournament appearance since 2005.
Ortolano graduated from UAlbany in May 2009 as a two year letterwinner on the women's lacrosse team and assists with all aspects of the program.
"I am thrilled to have Molly join our program as a former Division I student-athlete," said head coach Andrea Duffy. "She has great experience to draw from and I feel that she will have a great impact with our student-athletes achieving our team goals."
Ortolano (East Nassau, N.Y./Albany Academy) has worked local lacrosse camps the past four summers. In 2007 and 2008 she served as Albany Elite's head coach. Her responsibilities included coordinating and coaching weekly practices and tournaments. She also worked Colonie's Youth Center lacrosse camp as both a counselor and director. She taught basic and intermediate skills to girls age 10-13. As director she was responsible for administrative tasks and hiring coaches.
"My entire life has revolved around athletics and I have always aspired to make coaching my profession," said Ortolano. "I feel that my experiences as a player and as a coach have uniquely molded my attitudes about lacrosse. Having had the opportunity to play for three different college coaches and two high school coaches, I have observed a wide variety of coaching styles and skills. These observations and experiences have given me a scope that is significant beyond my years."
Ortolano earned her bachelor's degree in history with a minor in education. She was UAlbany's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative for women's lacrosse this past year, organizing fund raising efforts for non-profit organizations and participation in community service projects.