WESTMINSTER, Md. – Sandra Lagana has been named McDaniel College's head women's soccer coach, announced by Director of Athletics Paul Moyer on Wednesday.
"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," Moyer said. "She has outstanding character, is bright, hard working and has been successful as both a player and coach and we know she will be able to take our program to next level."
Lagana has served as the head women's soccer at Ferrum College since 2007. She has spent the last five seasons building the Panthers program into a perennial playoff contender in the USA South Athletic Conference.
In her tenure, Lagana produced 10 all-conference players, two all-state players and the program's second ever all-region selection. In 2010, she guided Ferrum to an 11-6-1 record, which was the program's best finish since 1998. The Panthers' third-place finish in the USA South standings was the highest ever, earning the team its first home playoff game.
In 2011, she made it back-to-back winning season – the first time that occurred since 1997-98. Her five conference wins in each of the last two seasons were the most in program history. A six-game winning in 2010 was tied for the longest winning streak in program history.
"I would like to thank Mr. Moyer for giving me the opportunity to lead the women's soccer program at McDaniel College," Lagana said. "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."
A Sykesville, Md., native, Lagana graduated as Class Valedictorian from South Carroll High School in 2000. Following graduation, she played soccer and lacrosse at Bridgewater.
An All-ODAC selection after leading the Eagles with 11 goals and 22 points as a senior, she was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III second team.
Her 62 career points still ranks third all-time in program history. She is also second all-time with 28 career goals and 12th all-time with her six career assists.
Playing in 66 career games, she averaged 0.94 points per game and 0.42 goals per game, which both still rank in the all-time top five at Bridgewater.
Lagana's 11 goals and 22 points during her senior season both still rank in the all-time top 10 for a single season.
On the lacrosse field, she was an honorable mention All-ODAC selection in 2002 after registering 16 goals and 18 assists. She was also named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll in 2003.
For her lacrosse career, she scored 37 goals and handed out 48 assists.
After her playing days, she was an assistant at Mary Baldwin during the 2005 season before being promoted to head coach for the 2006 campaign. She has also served as the head girl's soccer coach at Broadway High School and the Harrisonburg Heat Soccer Club U16 girl's soccer team. Under her guidance, her club team was ranked eighth in Virginia for the 2004-05 season. She guided the Heat to a pair of Old Dominion Soccer League Division I championships and a Skyline Soccer League Division I title.
Lagana has also spent time as a volunteer with the Soccer-in-the-Streets program in Atlanta as well as with the Washington Freedom of the Women's Professional Soccer League and observed the U.S. Women's National Team.
She has also worked various camps in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina in addition to starting the Ferrum Soccer Camp last summer.
She holds her National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma and has been asked to joins the NSCAA as an associate staff member.
Lagana graduated from Bridgewater in 2004 with a bachelor of arts in communication studies. She earned her masters of science in kinesiology and recreation studies with concentrations in athletic administration and coaching from James Madison in Dec. 2006.
Lagana assumes the duties of her new position on Mar. 19, in time to close out the recruiting class and oversee spring practices.
McDaniel is scheduled to open the 2012 season at home against Marymount on Tuesday, Sept. 4.