Courtesy of Valley Courier
Adams State College Director of Lacrosse Jason Lamb announced that he has hired Mariana DiGiovanni, a recent Adrian College (Mich.) graduate and Bulldog midfielder as the Grizzlies' graduate assistant women's lacrosse coach.
A 4-year starter for the Bulldogs, DiGiovanni scored 101 goals while assisting on 35 others in her collegiate career at Adrian, which started a women's lacrosse program in 2008, her freshman year.
She helped the program quickly develop into a power as the Bulldogs went a combined 49-15 in their first four years, posting a 14-3 mark in 2010 and a 16-5 mark this past spring. The Bulldogs also won the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference's regular season and tournament titles in 2011 and earned a bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament for the first time in school-history.
"She has experenced what we are going through right now as a program," said Lamb. "She has competed on a team that started from the ground up and within four years it was in the NCAA tournament."
In 2008, DiGiovanni was named as the Bulldogs' MVP. She also received the squad's Coaches' Award in 2011 and served as the team's representative on Adrian's Student Athlete Advisory Committee for all four years of her career.
"She is going to be a great asset because she knows what it takes to get a program that is just getting started up to playing at a national tournament level," added Lamb.
DiGiovanni is no stranger to coaching as she guided the U-15 Michigan Girls Select Team in tournaments in New York during the summer of 2010 and has worked the Nike Lacrosse Camp and several Adrian coaching and player summer camps.
A native of Troy, Mich., DiGiovanni had played high school lacrosse for the Troy Colts and was a first team all-state and all-region selection as a senior in 2007. She was also named as the team's MVP and as the Colt of the Year.
Academically, DiGiovanni earned a bachelor's degree in physical education with a minor in business from Adrian College and plans to pursue a master's degree in ASC's human performance and physical education program. She was also a recipient of the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award for her prowess in academics, leadership and volunteerism.
Her parents Susan and Mariano DiGiovanni reside in Troy. Her brother Ambrose will be an incoming freshman on the Adrian men's soccer team this fall.