Colleen Manning is the current head coach at North Attleboro High School. She was previously the head coach at Sharon High School (2015-2017), and helped turn the program around. In 2016, she led Sharon to it’s 1st MIAA tournament appearance, and Colleen was named the Hockomocksports.com Coach of the Year. In 2017, the team went 15-5, and earned a #6 seed in the MIAA tournament. Sharon won its first playoff game vs Newton South, before falling to Westford in the quarterfinals. Colleen helped coach and mentor the 2017 Hockomocksports.com player of the year, as well as two LNE team 1 and 2 members. Before Sharon, Colleen was the Foxboro High School JV Coach from 2012-2014.
Colleen was a standout player in high school and college. A native of Plainville MA, she attended King Philip Regional High School, where she played lacrosse under Gold Star coach Mike Vitelli. She helped lead the Warriors to a 2006 South Sectional Title, and in 2007 was named a Hockomock League All-Star. Colleen was then recruited to play at Worcester State College, where she was a captain and do-it-all midfielder. She holds the school record in points (99), and in 2011 was named a 1st team All-NEWLA member.
Colleen previously coached with the Outlaws, and has experience coaching youth and high school camps and clinics.
Mike Vitelli brings over 20 years of women’s high school and college coaching experience to Gold Star Lacrosse! After graduating from Stonehill College in 1996, Mike started his coaching career as the head coach of Walpole High School. In 2001, he became the assistant coach at Stonehill College where he helped the team go 28-13. The 2001 team reached the NCAA semi-finals, and the 2002 team played in the NCAA national championship game.
Vitelli spent 2002-2007 coaching the girl’s lacrosse team at King Phillip High School in Wrentham. During his tenure at King Phillip the Warriors dominated opponents. The team won five straight Hockomock League Championships including an unbeaten record of 73-0-1 during that time period. In addition to an undefeated league record the Warriors also made two South Sectional Championship appearances in 2006 and 2007, winning the Sectional Championship in 2006. Vitelli was also named the Boston Globe Division I Coach of the Year in 2007.
Mike returned to Stonehill as an assistant for the 2008-2011 seasons. In 2008, Stonehill won the NE-10 Championship, and in 2010 the Skyhawks were the NE-10 Runner Up. He was instrumental in coaching numerous league all-stars and Division II All-Americans.
Mike was part of the North Attleboro high school program from 2015-2017. In 2015 he served as an assistant coach, and helped lead the team to a 13-6 overall record, and the school’s first ever post-season berth. In 2016 he became the head coach and led the Rocketeers to a 13-7 record, including another post-season appearance and the school’s first ever post season win. In 2017, North finished 13-7, and again won the first-round tournament game against Hopkinton.
For the 2019 season, Mike was named the head coach at Bishop Feehan High School. He had a stellar first year, and led a young squad to an MIAA tournament appearance
Kourtnie Wilder, a native of Framingham MA, played varsity field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse for the Flyers. In 2010, she helped lead the lacrosse team to a state championship title (along with fellow Gold Star coaches Tanner, Rachel and Kara). She was also named a Bay State League All-Star in field hockey and ice hockey her senior year. Kourtnie was then recruited to play lacrosse at Assumption College, where she excelled on and off the field. On the field, she posted a total of 45 starts on defense, 37 ground balls, 6 draw controls and 16 caused turnovers. In the classroom, she was a 2 x Student-Athlete Honor Roll member. She also earned the Spring 2015 Assumption College Premier Student-Athlete Award for a perfect 4.0 GPA during her senior year. Kourtnie graduated in 2015 with a degree in Biology (with a concentration in secondary education).
Kourtnie currently teaches science at King Phillip Regional High School where she is also the head coach of the varsity girls lacrosse team. For her inaugural season in 2018, she was named the Hockomocksports.com girls lacrosse coach of the year after leading the Warriors to a second-place finish in the Kelley-Rex division and to the Div. 1 East quarterfinal.
Anne started paying lacrosse as a 7th grader in Franklin MA. At Franklin High School, she was a 3-year member of the varsity team and a two-year starting goalie. She was a two-year captain and All-Hockomock player. As a senior she was named the Hockomock League MVP, and a Boston Globe All-Scholastic, as Franklin reached the south sectional semi-final for the first time in program history.
After high school, Anne moved on to play goalie at Springfield College. A four-year starter and two-year captain, she contributed to Springfield’s 2012 and 2013 NEWMAC championships, and helped the team advance to the NCAA tournament. As a sophomore and junior she was selected to the NEWMAC All-Conference 2nd team and All-Academic teams. As a junior, she was selected as the NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player. In her senior year, Anne was named the NEWMAC Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Year. Anne graduated in 2014 with a degree in Physical Education and a minor in Health.
Anne was an assistant coach at Endicott College from 2014-2016. In her two seasons, the Gulls advanced to The CCC Tournament, including reaching the league finals in 2016. Anne also coached 12 All-Conference players, six IWLCA All-Region selections, one ECAC New England All-Star, and one conference Defender of the Year.
In 2017, Anne was named the head coach at MIT. During her first season, the Engineers made it to the NEWMAC semi-finals, falling to top seeded Springfield College. She coached two All-Conference players, one IWLCA All-Region selection, 7 NEWMAC All-Academic honorees and 6 IWLCA All-Academic honorees.
Anne has continued to help MIT play at a high level both as a team and on an individual basis. She led her squad to the NEWMAC semi-finals in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. In 2018, senior Emily Young became the first player in the history of the MIT women’s lacrosse program to be named NEWMAC Athlete of the Year, while classmate Katie Notarangelo received the team’s first Co-Defensive Athlete of the Year accolade. In 2019, Eva Then was named the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year.
Tanner started playing lacrosse as a freshman at Framingham High School. During her four years on the varsity team, she helped Framingham win two state championships. She capped her senior year by scoring the game- winner with a second remaining on the clock in the State Championship against Longmeadow. She was named All-American as a senior and was a two-time All-Scholastic. Tanner completed her high school career with 199 goals and 105 assists.
After high school, Tanner moved on to play at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was a senior captain for the Minutewomen. Tanner helped lead UMass to four Atlantic 10 Conference championships, and four NCAA tournament appearances, three of which lead to the sweet 16. She was a major contributor for UMass, and has played in every game. She holds the UMass record for most games played. During her freshman year in 2011, she was named to the A10 All-Rookie team and in 2012 she made the A10 2nd team. In 2013 & 2014 Tanner landed on the A10 1st team, as well as the North East All-Region team. In 2014, she was selected to the A10 all-tournament team. Tanner graduated in 2014 with a degree in Communications and a minor in Education.
Tanner was the Varsity Head Coach at Holliston High School from 2014-2016. In each of her two seasons coaching the Panthers the team improved their winning percentage under her leadership.
In 2017, Tanner was named the head coach of the varsity girl’s lacrosse team at Natick High School. In her first season the Red Hawks finished with a 12-8 record. They finished off the 2018 season with a 13-7 record, and making it to the Sectional quarterfinals for the second year in a row. Over the last two seasons Tanner has helped coach 7 league all-stars, 2 EMass all-stars, and 1 All-American.
The summer of 2017 Tanner finished playing her second season for the Boston Storm in the UWLX professional women’s lacrosse league. The Storm made its second straight appearance in the UWLX Final, where Tanner finished the game with a hat trick.
In August of 2017 Tanner was drafted 9th by the New England Command. She currently plays midfield for the team in the inaugural season of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL). She gets to play along side Coach Kristin. Tanner has 3 goals and 2 assists in the 2 games she has attended and played in.
Kristin started playing lacrosse in 9th grade at Framingham High School. Between her junior and senior year, the Flyers went 50-0 and won two state championships. She was a two-time All-American, an Under Armour All-American, and the 2007 Boston Globe Player of the Year.
After high school, Kristin went on to play midfield at Boston College. During her freshman year, she tore her ACL and received a medical redshirt. Determined to return to form, from 2009-2012 she helped lead the Eagles to new heights. Kristin became the first player in ACC and BC history to be named to the All-ACC team four years in a row. In 2011, BC made the 16-team NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. That same year, Kristin was named an IWLCA 1st team All-American, another first for BC. For her final year in 2012, she
was a captain, a Tewaraaton Award finalist, and an IWLCA 2nd team All-American. She ended her career as BC’s all-time leading goal scorer (168) and top 5 in all other categories (assists, points, ground balls, draw controls). Kristin graduated from Boston College’s undergraduate program in 2011 with a bachelors degree in biochemistry, and graduate program in 2012 with a Masters in Education.
Kristin was a member of the United States Women’s National Team from 2010-2014. In 2012 she was named to the 24-player Touring Team, and in 2013 she was named to the 18-player World Cup Team. In July 2013, Team USA competed in the FIL World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. USA won the gold medal, beating Canada in the final game 19-5. Throughout the ten-day tournament, Team USA went a perfect 7-0, outscoring all opponents 131-39. In addition to playing, Kristin has coached many youth and high school clinics all over the country with Team USA.
From 2011-2013, Kristin worked with the Mass Mavericks club team. In 2011 she was an assistant coach, and from 2012-2013 she was the head coach of the 10th and 11th grade high school team.
In 2012, Kristin was named head coach of the varsity girls lacrosse team at Franklin High School. In seven years at the helm, she has helped the Panthers compile a 127-28 overall record, including seven undefeated Hockomock league championships and three Division 1 East Sectional championships. Kristin has led Franklin to three state-semi final berths, and has helped coach a total of 40 league all-stars, 4 league MVPs and 6 All-Americans. In 2013 Kristin was named the MetroWest Daily News Coach of the year. In 2013, 2014 & 2017 she was named the Hockomocksports.com Coach of the Year. In 2016 Kristin was named the Boston Globe and Metrowest Daily News Coach of the Year.
Kristin played for the Boston Storm for the 2016 season – one of four teams in the inaugural UWLX women’s professional lacrosse league. Boston went to the championship game, dropping a tough match to Long Island. Kristin finished the season with 10 goals, and 4 assists in 6 games, and was named a UWLX All-Star.
Kristin currently plays for the WPLL Command team, which won the league’s first championship in 2018.
Check out some media on Kristin:
Pioneer Spirit – August 2016 New England Lacrosse Journal
Igoe Regains Elite Form for UWLX’s Boston Storm – July 2016 Lacrosse Magazine
Still Swinging, Igoe has Franklin Soaring – 2015 ESPN Boston HS Blog
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