New women’s soccer coach named

March 07, 2012

McDaniel College announces that Sandra Lagana has been named the new head women’s soccer coach. She will assume her duties at the college on March 19.

A native of Sykesville, Md., she was most recently the head women’s soccer coach and assistant sports information director at Ferrum College in Virginia. 

She graduated as class valedictorian from South Carroll High School (Sykesville, Md.) in 2000 and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Bridgewater College in Virginia, where she played soccer and lacrosse during her four years there. She also earned her master’s degree in kinesiology and recreation studies with concentrations in athletic administration and coaching from James Madison University in 2006.

She was assistant women’s soccer coach, as well as head women’s soccer coach and sports information director at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. Her additional coaching experiences include soccer camps and serving as head girl’s soccer coach for the Harrisonburg (Va.) Heat Soccer Club U16 and Broadway (Va.) High School.

She has volunteered as a coach and mentor for several at-risk youth soccer programs in the Atlanta area through the Soccer-in-the-Streets program. Additionally, she has served as a volunteer game videographer for the Washington Freedom of the Women’s Professional Soccer league and has worked with the U.S. Women’s National Team.

According to Athletic Director Paul Moyer, “As we conducted this search, it was clear that Sandy is not only an outstanding coach but also someone we wanted running our women’s soccer program. She has outstanding character, is bright, hard-working, and has been successful as both a player and coach, and we know she will beable to take our program to next level.”

Lagana said, "I would like to thank Paul Moyer for giving me the opportunity to lead the women's soccer program at McDaniel College. I am extremely excited to become part of the athletics staff and college community and look forward to continuing and building upon the team's success in the Centennial Conference."

McDaniel is scheduled to open the 2012 season at home against Marymount University on Tuesday, September 4.