Jen Nardi

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Jen Nardi finished her first season as head coach of the Manhattanville women’s lacrosse team in 2018.

In her first season at the helm of the Valiants, Nardi led Manhattanville to a 9-7 record and a three-way tie for third place in the competitive MAC Freedom. Under her watch, the team scored a school-record 258 goals (16.1 gpg), while senior Carly Weiss earned the program's first-ever spot at the IWLCA Div. III Senior All-Star Game.

Nardi previously was the head women’s lacrosse coach at Smith College, guiding the Pioneers for three seasons from 2012-14. In her first season at the helm in 2012, Nardi was named Smith Coach of the Year after leading her team to a 10-9 record, matching the most wins in a season in school history and reaching the finals of the ECAC New England Region Championships for the first time ever. She still remains fourth in program history in wins at Smith.

Following her time with the Pioneers, Nardi coached at the club level before taking over as Executive Director of Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse in January 2016. She has spent the last two years managing all logistics of the program that features more than 600 youth athletes of all ages, including scheduling and operations, fundraising and donor relations, and communications efforts.

In addition to her time at Smith, Nardi also brings years of collegiate experience as a Division I assistant coach at the University of Vermont, the University of Massachusetts, Long Island University and the University of California. She also served as the interim head coach at Division III Colby Sawyer College in 2007, guiding the team to an 8-7 record and a Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament berth.

Nardi had a decorated four-year career as a goalie from the University of Massachusetts from 1998-01, graduating as the school’s all-time leader in saves. She was named to the IWLCA All-Northeast Region first team as a junior in 2000, when she backstopped the Minutewomen to an Atlantic 10 Tournament championship and led Division I in both goals against average (6.75) and save percentage (.644). Previously, she boasted a school-record .700 save percentage as a sophomore, a mark that still ranks third in D-I single-season history. For her career, Nardi posted a stellar 7.91 goals against average and .624 save percentage in 55 career games.

Nardi graduated from Massachusetts in 2001 with a degree in hospitality and tourism management. She also earned her master’s degree in sport management from Southern New Hampshire University in 2013.