Tanya Kotowicz, a former two-time UConn teamcaptain who spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach atHofstra, joined the Yale women’s lacrosse staff as assistantcoach in the fall of 2012.
In 2014 Kotowicz helped the Bulldogs to their best win totalsince 2008. Under her guidance, the Yale defense allowed 44 fewergoals than it did in 2013 -- a 26 percent improvement. The Bulldogsfinshed 13th in the nation in scoring defense (8.2 goals allowedper game) and 18th in the nation in caused turnovers (9.33 pergame). They held 11 of their 15 opponents to eight or fewer goals.Defender Adrienne Tarver was among Yale's fourAll-Ivy League honorees, as she was selected to the secondteam.
In Kotowicz' first season with the Bulldogs, 2013, Yaleregistered its most wins in five years and increased its scoring by32 goals over the previous season. The Bulldogs' defense cut itsshots allowed by 32 compared to the previous season, and had itslowest goals-allowed total since 2010. The team had one IWLCAall-region selection and a pair of All-Ivy League selections.
Kotowicz, a native of Hicksville, N.Y., who attended HicksvilleHigh, had seven years of NCAA Division I coaching and internationalexperience prior to coming to New Haven. Including camps andclinics, her efforts to spread the game have taken her to 13different states along with Australia, England and Japan. Shehas also worked to spread the game in developing areas throughoutthe United States, including Georgia, Hawaii and Washington.
Kotowicz spent four years as an assistant coach at Hofstra,where she helped the Pride earn a top 20 ranking. Hofstra made twoCAA Tournament appearances during her time there, and she helpeddevelop U.S. National Team members and All-Americans. The Pridealso had the top GPA in the country twice in her tenure, and was anIWLCA Academic Squad all four years.
Kotowicz also spearheaded several community service initiativesat Hofstra, and the Hofstra program was an IWLCA Community ServiceAward nominee in 2010. She founded and directed the Nick ColleluoriWomen’s Lacrosse Classic, raising more than $140,000 forblood cancer research through the HEADstrong Foundation sincestarting the event in 2009. She has also done community service forthe American Cancer Society, Surfer’s Healing (autism),Bristol Retirement Home, Read Across America, Friends of Jaclyn(pediatric brain tumors) and Ronald McDonald House.
Prior to joining the Hofstra staff, Kotowicz spent the 2008season as head coach at Marist. She led the Red Foxes to theirfirst MAAC championship in school history, earning a berth in theNCAA Tournament play-in game. She coached 14 MAAC All-Academicselections, 10 MAAC All-Tournament team selections and nineAll-MAAC selections.
Kotowicz had also been an assistant at Marist in 2006; inbetween stops in Poughkeepsie, she was an assistant coach at St.Mary’s (Calif.) in 2007. During her tenure with theGaels, St. Mary’s led the nation in ground balls and hadeight players named to the Academic All-MPSF team.
A midfielder for UConn from 2000-05, Kotowicz redshirted the2002 campaign due to injury. In 2005, she helped lead UConn to theECAC championship, a program-best 12 wins and a final ranking ofNo. 15 in the nation. In 2004 she was the recipient of the SamWitryol Award, presented to a UConn player who consistently makes apositive contribution to the team and understands the spirit of thegame. Kotowicz played for former Yale assistant coach Bonnie Rosen,who was head coach of the Huskies at the time.
Kotowicz was a Big East Scholar-Athlete from 2002 to 2005 and aBig East Academic All-Star from 2000 to 2005. She received her B.A.in human development and family studies from UConn in 2004,minoring in psychology. While coaching at Hofstra shereceived an M.S. in physical education in 2011.
Kotowicz’ international playing experience includes timeas a member of the Wilderness Lacrosse Team in Adelaide, Australia,in 2003. She also served as a coach with the MAAC All-Star Team inTokyo, Japan, during the summer of 2006. In January 2010 she was onthe coaching staff of the USA Athletes International Lacrosse teamthat won the gold medal at the Southern Cross Lacrosse Challenge inAustralia. She also served as a guest coach for the EnglishNational Team in January 2011.
Kotowwicz, who is German on her father's side, was an alternatefor Germany at the 2013 World Cup in Canada.
Updated May 27, 2014