Kristin Ventresca has been named the next head coach of the Mitchell College women’s lacrosse team, as announced recently by Director of Athletics Matt Finlayson. Ventresca will make her collegiate head coaching debut for the Mariners, who posted a 3-9 record in 2023, the most wins for the program since 2018.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kristin Ventresca as our next head coach for our women’s lacrosse program,” said Finlayson. “Her passion for the sport, coaching experience, and dedication to providing a first class-student athlete experience will all have a positive impact for our women’s lacrosse program. Kristin has proven the ability to build successful programs and recruit quality student-athletes, which is exactly what this team needs as we enter the GNAC.”
Prior to her arrival in New London, Ventresca spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Conn. During her tenure with the Warriors, she coordinated and implemented offensive strategy and skills, organized and managed team fundraising activities, and identified and cultivated high level potential recruits through clinics, tournaments, the transfer portal, and correspondences. Ventresca’s roles also included developing and presenting in-depth scouting reports for all opponents, as well as maintaining academic progress reports for student-athletes.
“I would like to thank Matt Finlayson, Ashley Kishorn, Todd Peretz, and the entire search committee for this opportunity,” shared Ventresca. “The support I have felt within this community is amazing. I am excited to build the women’s lacrosse program here at Mitchell into a program that is competitive in the GNAC, while enhancing our student-athletes experience both academically and athletically.”
Additionally, Ventresca has extensive experience at the high school level, having served as the head girl’s lacrosse coach at Montville High School in Montville, Conn., from 2012–2020. Under her guidance, the program made its first appearance in the CIAC Class S tournament in 2015 and went on to make it back to the state tournament in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. The team also took home a pair of Eastern Connecticut Conference division titles in 2016 and 2018.
Ventresca and her husband Jon have four children: Shay, a graduate student at the University of Connecticut; Sean, a junior at Eastern Connecticut State University; Jack, a freshman at American University; and Liam, a high school senior at the Pomfret School.