Oct. 4, 2011
BEKELEY - The California lacrosse program hired Allison Comito as an assistant coach, Golden Bears head coach Ginger Miles announced on Tuesday. Comito, a two-time All-American as a player at Maryland, spent the previous six seasons as the head coach at Stony Brook.
"I'm extremely excited to work for a university and an athletic department of Cal's caliber," Comito said. "It is obvious that they are truly invested in the well being of their student-athletes, and I'm enthusiastic about becoming a part of the Cal family."
She produced a 42-54 record at Stony Brook and led the Seawolves to the 2007 America East regular-season title.
Comito joins a Cal staff that includes fellow new assistant coach Emma Wallace and Miles, who is likewise in her first year in Berkeley.
"I am thrilled to welcome Allison to the staff," Miles said. "Allison comes with a tremendous amount of experience as both a player and a coach. Her knowledge and passion for the game will be great for the team. As a part of the UMD dynasty, she is intimately familiar with what it takes to build a championship-caliber team."
A product of Glen Head, N.Y., Comito graduated from Maryland as one of its all-time best players. Comito amassed 176 goals and 89 assists in her four years as a Terrapin and is fourth all-time in goals scored. A two-time first-team All-America and three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, Comito was part of four consecutive national championships at Maryland along with lacrosse greats Jen Adams, Christie Jenkins and Quinn Carney, a former Cal volunteer assistant coach. As a senior in 2001, Comito scored the game-winning goal with eight seconds left in double overtime to give the Terrapins a 14-13 victory over Georgetown in front of 7,000 fans at Johns Hopkins in the NCAA championship match.
"Allison will be taking her experience as an elite lacrosse player and as a former head coach and stepping into the role of offensive coordinator for the Bears," Miles added. "Her style of coaching and play very much fit into our brand of smart and creative lacrosse. She will also lead our recruiting efforts and help us continue to attract the best and brightest from across the country to Cal. I couldn't be happier with her addition to the staff."
Comito graduated from Maryland in 2002 with a degree in sociology.