Taryn VanThof

Taryn VanThof enters her third season as an assistant coach at the University of Florida and will continue to work with the Gators’ midfielders.

A three-time IWLCA All-American midfielder at Loyola University Maryland and a US Lacrosse National Team member, VanThof joined the Florida coaching staff following one season as an assistant coach at Rutgers.

The Gators went 17-4 en route to their first NCAA Quarterfinal since the 2014 season and won their fourth consecutive BIG EAST Tournament title. Florida also picked up its fourth-straight BIG EAST regular season championship after going 9-0 in conference play. The team set a program record for most goals scored with 343 and most caused turnovers (188). 2018 marked Florida’s sixth season with at least 17 wins in the nine-year history of the program. The Gators were the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where they defeated No. 15 Colorado in the Second Round to advance to the first NCAA Quarterfinal since 2014. Florida traveled to No. 5 JMU and put up a tough fight before falling 11-8 to the Dukes. Seven Florida players were named IWLCA All-Region, the most in program history and four earned All-American honors (Haley Hicklen, Sydney Pirreca, Lindsey Ronbeck and Cara Trombetta). Three Gators won BIG EAST Awards: Shannon Kavanagh (Freshman of the Year), Sydney Pirreca (Midfielder of the Year), Haley Hicklen (Goalkeeper of the Year) and the staff was honored with the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.

VanThof made an immediate impact at Florida during the 2017 season, as the Gators posted a 17-3 record and claimed the program’s third consecutive BIG EAST championship. Her effect on UF’s midfielders, namely IWLCA First Team All-American Mollie Stevens, was easily distinguishable. Stevens set the UF single season record for draw controls, winning 106 in 20 games.

The Florida offense also had a banner year, scoring 16.8 goals per game and racking up 488 total points, both program records.

In Rutgers’ third season in the Big Ten Conference, VanThof helped guide the Scarlet Knights to a second straight conference tournament semifinal game and the program’s first conference tourney win since 1998. Rutgers notched two ranked wins last season – both against Ohio State – with VanThof on staff.