On Jan. 7, 2011, Carla Tagliente left Northwestern after two seasons as associate head coach to become the head coach at the University of Massachusetts.
Carla Tagliente joined the field hockey staff as Northwestern's associate head coach in January, 2009, and soon played a key role in leading NU to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1994-95. Tagliente now has eight seasons as a Big Ten coach under her belt having spent three years each at both Iowa (2003-05) and Michigan (2006-08).
Her first year in Evanston as Tracey Fuchs' top assistant was an unbridled success as the Wildcats posted their highest win total (12) since the 1995 campaign. Tagliente mentored an NU offense that improved from an average per-game scoring margin of -1.1 in 2008 to +1.15 in 2009.
Northwestern's offense continued to be a strength for NU in 2010 as Tagliente helped mentor Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and second-team All-American Chelsea Armstrong, who finished with a league-best 24 goals and 60 points. The 2010 Wildcats established themselves as Big Ten championship contenders, upsetting sixth-ranked and eventual NCAA semifinalist Ohio State on the road in its conference opener and finishing with three league victories -- the most for NU since the Big Ten instituted the six-game schedule in 2000.
Since coming to NU, Tagliente also has been instrumental in all of Northwestern field hockey operations as they relate to recruiting, camps and planning for the 2010 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament hosted by Northwestern.
Prior to her arrival at Northwestern, Tagliente revitalized the Hawkeyes' offense and helped them nearly double their goal output over her brief tenure. While at Michigan, she also worked primarily with the offense and led the Wolverines to the 2007 Big Ten Tournament championship game.
Following a long international playing career, Tagliente has also stayed involved with the USA Field Hockey program as coach of the illustrious A-Camp and the High Performance Center Midwest Regional team. In 2004 and 2005, she assisted the U.S. Under-16 team and traveled with them on their annual tour of Holland and in 2010 accompanied the U.S. U-19 squad on its four-game competitive tour of Argentina.
A former star for the U.S. National team as a player, Tagliente has made her mark on the international scene as a coach, leading Midwest High Performance training squads, earning her Level III accreditation and, in 2010, receiving appointment as the head coach of the U.S. U-19 program.
Tagliente also spent two years as a volunteer assistant at Maryland, where as a player she was a three-time first-team NFHCA All-American (1998, '99, 2000) and earned third-team distinction as a freshman in 1997. A two-time finalist for the Honda Broderick Award, Tagliente was a member of the 1999 NCAA champion Maryland squad that defeated Michigan in the tournament final and she continues to hold Terrapin school records for career goals (87) and points (187).
Tagliente was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American (1999, 2000, '01), including a first-team pick in her final two seasons, and was selected to the NFHCA National Academic Squad all four years. In 2001, she was awarded with the Atlantic Coast Conference's prestigious Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship.
Additionally, Tagliente competed for seven years on the USA Field Hockey national team, playing in 78 games and scoring five goals. She contributed to U.S. silver medals at the 1999 Pan American Games and 2001 Americas Cup and played alongside Fuchs in the 2002 World Cup. In her first season with the national team in 1997, Tagliente was named the USFHA Female Athlete of the Year
A native of Cortland, N.Y., Tagliente graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in finance and marketing and delivered the commencement address for Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. She is currently enrolled in Michigan's Ross School of Business, where she is working toward an MBA degree.