John Battaglino just wrapped his fourth season as UAlbany's head women's lacrosse coach in 2015. He has guided UAlbany to five consecutive America East title game appearances, as well as back-to-back America East Conference championships in 2011 & 2012, and three NCAA Tournament berths.
Battaglino capped a historic 2015 season with the first all-time UAlbany NCAA postseason at-large bid with a 14-5 overall record. Despite falling to Stony Brook in the America East final, the Danes were picked for an at-large spot in the Syracuse regional, facing No. 15/14 Penn in the NCAA First Round at SU Soccer Stadium. The Purple & Gold went an all-time program best 9-0 at home on John Fallon Field, including a 7-4 win over No. 20 UMass on March 19. For the second consecutive year, UAlbany finished the season ranked top-10 in scoring offense and top-5 in scoring defense and scoring margin. The Danes were nationally ranked by the IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse for seven consecutive weeks, finishing the season at No. 19.
On the individual side, Maureen Keggins was the NCAA statistical champion in assists (58), assists per game (3.05) and points per game (5.00). She was named an IWLCA Third Team All-American and America East Offensive Player of the Year after breaking the all-time UAlbany records for career assists, single-season points (95) and single-season assists (58). Battaglino saw three players named to the IWLCA All-Northeast Region squads in Keggins (First Team), Rachel Bowles (First Team) and Dakotah Savitcheff. In the America East regular season awards, a program-record 13 players were named All-Conference, including five on the First Team.
Battaglino was named the America East Coach of the Year for the second straight year in 2014. Battaglino propelled UAlbany to its third America East regular season title in five years. He picked up his 50th program win at Dartmouth on March 8 on his way to his fourth-straight season with 12 or more wins. He led the Great Danes to rank top-5 in scoring margin, scoring offense and scoring defense in 2014. His 2014 squad also topped the league in overall goals per game (15.07), points per game (20.47), shot percentage (.514) and fewest turnovers per game (9.80). Battaglino led Rachel Bowles to her second consecutive league major award, Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2014. Bowles along with senior defender Kathleen Lennon and senior midfielder Ariana Parker marked the sixth consecutive year UAlbany had multiple players earn IWLCA Northeast All-Region accolades.
Battaglino was named the 2013 America East Coach of the Year after taking the Great Danes to the America East title game. UAlbany was a perfect 8-0 at home in 2013, and was on a six-game winning streak before losing in the conference final to Stony Brook. Jess Antelmi, Rachael Burek and Kathleen Lennon garnered IWLCA All-Northeast Region honors under Battaglino's tuteledge in 2013. Burek broke UAlbany career records in assists (50) and points (84) in her final season with the Great Danes. The senior attack was also named to the IWLCA All-Academic Honor Roll and was the 2013 America East Women's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
UAlbany defended its America East tournament championship in 2012. The Great Danes (12-6) took down both Boston U. and Stony Brook in the conference tournament as the No. 4 seed. UAlbany fell to Florida in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, 6-4, in Gainesville, Fla.
Battaglino was named the nation's top coach for the 2011 season by Inside Lacrosse, Snyapse Sports and WomensLax.com. He was also chosen Northeast Region Division I Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) and America East Conference Coach of the Year.
The Great Danes captured the America East regular-season and tournament championships, plus set a school record for single-season victories. UAlbany (18-1) made its first NCAA appearance since the program became a varsity sport in 1992. The Great Danes defeated Dartmouth in the first round, before losing to eventual national champion Northwestern in the NCAA quarterfinals.
UAlbany earned a national top-10 ranking in both the IWLCA and deBeer/Inside Lacrosse polls for the first time in program history. The Great Danes were the third America East program to win an NCAA Tournament game, as Boston U. advanced to the quarterfinals in 2005 and 2008. Under Battaglino's direction, UAlbany ranked second nationally in scoring defense at 7.32 goals per game, sixth in scoring margin (5.74 gpg) and 18th in scoring offense (13.05 gpg). Nikki Branchini and Taylor Frink were named to the IWLCA All-America second team.
In 2009, Battaglino was appointed the school's associate head coach. In his first season, the Great Danes ranked second nationally in scoring offense at 15.06 goals per game and fourth in scoring margin. UAlbany had four of America East's top-10 goal scorers, while Taylor Frink led the conference in points per game.
In addition, the Great Danes had one of their most accomplished campaigns in the program's history. UAlbany won its first America East Conference regular-season title, posted a school-record 13-3 mark, and was ranked in the national top-20 for the first time. In addition, Nikki Branchini became the first lacrosse athlete at the Division I level to earn All-America recognition.
Battaglino served as Syracuse's offensive coordinator and assisted in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, scouting and practice planning. During his tenure, the Orange made four NCAA Tournament appearances and won 67 games. In 2009, Syracuse captured a share of the Big East Conference's regular-season title, advanced to the NCAA quarterfinal round and posted a 14-5 record. Three SU players earned IWLCA All-America honors.
In 2008, Battaglino guided the Orange to the highest-scoring season in NCAA history. Syracuse set records for points (541) and goals (380) and led the nation in goals per game (18.01) and points (25.64). Katie Rowan was Division I's top scorer and tied the NCAA single-season mark with 69 assists. In the process, Syracuse reached the NCAA semifinals, captured the Big East regular-season and tournament titles, and finished 18-3 overall. The Orange also won the 2007 Big East crown and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals with the nation's second-ranked offensive attack.
At the high school level, Battaglino led the Eagles to four New York State regional championships and six Section II titles. He coached the program to the Class A state semifinals in 1999, 2002 and 2004 and the state finals in 2003. Battaglino, who compiled a 148-31 career record, was recognized as coach of the year from 1999-2004 by U.S. Lacrosse. Bethlehem Central High had 17 high school All-Americans during his tenure.
Battaglino earned a B.A. in political science from Siena College in 1986. He went on to earn a master's in environmental planning from UAlbany in 1992, before receiving another graduate degree in education.
Battaglino was inducted into the Adirondack Region Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2008 and served on the selection committee for the 2006 U.S. Lacrosse National Team.