PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State has announced the hiring of Tania Armellino, who will serve as the Cardinals’ head women’s soccer coach beginning in the fall of 2014.
Armellino will be just the sixth individual to serve as Plattsburgh’s head coach in the program’s 35 years of existence. She takes the coaching reins from Karen Waterbury, who stepped down at the end of the 2013 campaign after 24 years at the helm to serve as the school’s director of recreation and club sports.
Armellino’s most recent coaching stop came at Connecticut College, where she had served as the top assistant coach since 2011.
With the help of Armellino, the Camels enjoyed a banner year in 2012. That season marked the first time in five years that they nabbed a spot in the NESCAC Tournament. In 2013, Armellino helped to mentor eventual NESCAC Rookie of the Year Annie Higgins.
Her first nonstudent assistant coaching stop at an NCAA Division I institution came at the University of Dayton, where she held the title of assistant coach from April 2008 until March 2011. During that time, Armellino helped the Flyers amass a record of 50-10-8 while putting together some impressive displays in the Atlantic 10 and the NCAA Tournament.
The 2009 edition of the Flyers became the first team in program history to finish the regular season undefeated. Armellino concentrated on coaching the defense, which amassed a school record 15 shutouts. In 2010, the Flyers rolled up a 19-3-1 record and successfully defended their Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament titles.
An accomplished student-athlete in her own right, Armellino was a member of the Rutgers women’s soccer team from 1997 until 2000. While on the pitch for the NCAA Division I institution, Armellino accumulated four letters and was named a team captain as a senior in 2000.
Armellino earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with minors in Political Science and American Studies from Rutgers in 2001 before obtaining her juris doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law in 2005.