Simons Tortolani '94 Named Head Coach of US National U19 Team
BALTIMORE, Md. (1/28/14) - Princeton women's lacrosse alum Kim Simons Tortolani '94 was named the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-19 Team, it was announced by US Lacrosse on Jan. 21.
She will lead the team in its quest for a fifth consecutive world title at the 2015 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup, July 23-Aug. 1, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
"I am thrilled and honored to be coaching the 2015 US U-19 team," Tortolani said. "The game of lacrosse has provided me with so much both personally and professionally, and I look forward to this exciting opportunity and experience.
"I know from experience the powerful impact Kim can have on a group," Princeton head coach Chris Sailer said. "Her passionate and hard-driving personality has been imprinted on every team she has ever played for or coached. As a leader, Kim creates an environment that fosters competitive intensity, team chemistry and high achievement. If I know Kim, she can't wait to get going on this next new challenge. Team USA will be extremely fortunate to have someone with her knowledge and experience at the helm as they take to the field to represent their country in international competition."
A two-time All-America, Tortolani helped Princeton win its first national title in 1994. Captain of the 1994 NCAA championship team, Tortolani was a four-time All-Ivy League selection. Simons finished her career at Princeton with 144 points on 119 goals and 25 assists in 69 games. It was at Princeton, that she met her husband Justin, a former member of the Princeton men's lacrosse team and current spine surgeon.
Tortolani is the current head coach at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Md., where she has compiled a record of 84-39 in her nine seasons. Prior to Bryn Mawr she spent nine seasons as the head coach at Georgetown. From 1996-2004, she guided the Hoyas to seven consecutive NCAA appearances, with three trips to the semifinals while posting a record of 113-43.
“We were overwhelmed and delighted by the depth and talent in the pool of candidates, but Kim's combination of professional accomplishments, leadership style, and personal character make her ideally suited to lead the team into competition in Edinburgh next summer and to carry on the proud tradition of the U.S. Women’s National Under-19 Team,” said Nathaniel Badder, US Lacrosse director of national teams.
Team USA is the reigning U19 World Champion, having defeated Australia in 2011 under head coach Krystin Porcella. The Americans have won the last four titles, defeating the Aussies in 1999, 2003, and 2007 as well as 2011. Australia won the inaugural title in 1995.