- Michelle Tumolo
Michelle Tumolo finished her second season in Gainesville in 2015 and has made an immediate impact as an assistant coach for the Gators, helping Erica LaGrow direct the Florida offense.
In 2015, the Gator offense finished the season with the nation’s leading scoring offense (15.52 points per game) and 326 goals, which not only led the nation, but was the second-most goals scored by a Florida team.
Under Tumolo’s guidance, attacker Mollie Stevens emerged as one of the biggest scoring threats in the BIG EAST in 2015. Stevens finished her sophomore campaign with career-highs in goals (43), assists (nine) and points (52) and was named IWLCA All-South Second Team.
The Gators finished the 2014 season with the nation’s second best scoring offense (15.00 points per game), while ranking fourth in scoring margin (6.57) and fifth in points (412).
Tumolo helped guide Tewaaraton finalist Shannon Gilroy as she became the first Florida player to score 100+ points in a season and led the nation in goals scored (86). Four Gators finished the season with 40+ points and nine scored 10+ goals in 2014.
Tumolo finished her career at Syracuse as one of the greatest athletes in program history. In addition to being a Tewaaraton finalist in 2012, she also was named the IWLCA Attacker of the Year, an IWLCA First Team All-American and the Big East Attack Player of the Year. Tumolo also an All-Big East First Team selection in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
While at Syracuse, Tumolo was a member of teams that won the Big East Championship in 2012 and 2013, advanced to the NCAA Championship game in 2012 and made it to the NCAA Final Four in 2010 and 2013.
Additionally, she was elected as a team captain for her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Despite being sidelined with an ACL injury during her senior year, Tumolo finished her career at Syracuse ranked third in all-time scoring with 278 points, second in career assists with 137 and fifth in all-time goals with 141.
During her junior season, Tumolo became just the second player in school history to amass 200 points and 100 assists in her career. In addition to her career records, Tumolo also ranks in the top-10 on multiple single-season record boards, including No. 6 with 95 points in 2012 and holding three spots on the single-season assists leaderboard.
Tumolo notched the game-winning goal with five seconds on the clock in a come-from-behind victory over North Carolina to send Syracuse to the 2012 Final Four, where they faced Florida.
In her sophomore season, Tumolo led her team in scoring with 66 points (33 goals, 33 assists) and ranked second on the team in ground balls (21).
Tumolo experienced a highly successful freshman campaign, finishing the season with the highest single-season totals in points and assists from a freshman in Syracuse history. Additionally, her 74 points ranked her as the second-highest scoring freshman in the nation in 2010.
Tumolo has been honing her coaching skills since 2010, when she coached the South Jersey Devils Girls Lacrosse Club. She also served as a coach at the Syracuse University Elite Lacrosse Camps from 2010-2013. Tumolo is a current member of the U.S. Women’s National Team and has been on the roster since 2010.
The Mullica Hull, N.J., native graduated from Syracuse in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in child and family studies.
The Michelle Tumolo File
- Mullica Hill, N.J. (Clearview Regional High School)
- Syracuse University (2013, Bachelor of Science – Child and Family Studies
- United States Women’s National team (2010-2014)
- Attack, Syracuse University (2009-2013)
- Tewaaraton Trophy Finalist (2012)
- IWLCA Attacker of the Year (2012)
- IWLCA First Team All-American (2012)
- Big East Attack Player of the Year (2012)
- All-Big East First Team (2011, ’12, ’13)
- University of Florida, assistant coach (2013-present)
- Syracuse University Elite Lacrosse Camp (2010-2013)
- South Jersey Devils Lacrosse Club (2010)