After serving this past season as the interim head coach, Zach Tamburello has had the interim tag removed and has been named head women’s lacrosse coach. Roanoke College director of athletics Scott Allison made the announcement after conducting a nationwide search to fill the position vacated by Mary Schwartz last August.
“Zach has played an important part in our success over these past four years and what we were able to accomplish this spring.” Allison on the hiring, “He’s earned this opportunity.”
As the interim head coach, Tamburello helped to guide the Maroons to a 16-5 overall record. In the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Roanoke finished 2nd behind Washington and Lee with a 7-1 mark, falling to the Generals in the ODAC Tournament Finals. After receiving Roanoke’s first NCAA Tournament bid since 2009, Tamburello guided Roanoke to a tournament opening win over Bryn Athyn (23-4) before falling to, eventual Final Four participant, Gettysburg (8-9).
In the final IWLCA Top 25 rankings, Roanoke finished at #24. Under his guidance, Roanoke would see two All-Region and one All- American in addition to a pair on the IWLCA Senior All Star Game invitees.
“I am excited to continue my time at Roanoke College. I want to thank Scott Allison and Tom Rambo for their support and giving me this opportunity to be the next head coach of this program.” Tamburello continues, “I am especially grateful for the young women who make up this team. I can’t wait to continue building off the success we had as a team last year.”
Tamburello came to Roanoke College prior to the 2018 season after one year as the lead assistant at Pomona-Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. During his four seasons as an assistant with the program, Roanoke College had 18 All-ODAC, six VaSID All State, and six NCAA All Region players.
In addition to coaching, Tamburello has gained extensive experience working camps all over the country at some of the top college and universities; Stanford, Florida, James Madison, UNC, and Oregon just to name a few.