GRAND LAKE, Colo. – For the fourth time in her illustrious career, Gettysburg College's Carol Cantele '83 has been recognized as the NCAA Division III Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).
Cantele, who was named D3 Coach of the Year in 2006, 2011, and 2017, was also named the top coach in the Metro Region for the 10th time. She will be honored at the IWLCA Honors Banquet held on November 14 during the IWLCA Annual Meetings at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Florida.
A second-straight national title propelled Cantele to the nation's top coaching award for the second year in a row. Gettysburg tied the program record with 21 wins, including 10 over teams that finished among the top 25 in the final IWLCA Division III poll. The Bullets knocked off six of the top 10 programs in the country and swept the Centennial Conference and NCAA titles for the first time in school history.
The Orange and Blue's remarkable season included wins over each of the teams to advance to the national semifinals, highlighted by an 11-9 decision over fourth-ranked Middlebury College in the title game. The Bullets also avenged a regular-season defeat at the hands of Franklin & Marshall College, downing the Diplomats 15-7 in the Centennial Conference Championship game.
Cantele, who was recognized as the Division III Coach of the Year by Inside Lacrosse on July 10, has guided Gettysburg to three NCAA titles (2011, 2017, 2018), 11 conference championships (2000, 2002-06, 2012-14, 2016, 2018), and a 18 trips to the NCAA Tournament in the last 19 years. She is 399-107 in 26 years leading the Bullets, while her 423 career coaching victories overall rank third in NCAA history.