Kim Pemberton, University of Louisville Athletics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Vicki Latino, an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at the University of Louisville for the past five years, has been elevated to associate head coach by Louisville head coach Kellie Young.
“Vicki has been an integral part of our daily operations since her arrival five years ago,” said Young. “She has advanced our use of and proficiency with technology, executed our defensive game plan to help us rise in the polls and assisted with the identification and commitments from some of the best talent across the country. Vicki’s loyalty to Louisville Lacrosse has been unwavering and I look forward to her future contributions to our program and Louisville athletics.”
Latino has been the defensive coordinator and video director at the University of Louisville the last five seasons. In her third season with Louisville, the Cardinals broke out to a school-best 16-4 record, winning the Big East regular season and conference tournament crown for the first time in the program history.
Louisville also qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time in 2014, advancing to the Sweet 16, defeating Ohio State, 11-10, in overtime in the first round before falling to Northwestern, 11-8. Four athletes earned All-America honors, Nikki Boltja was named to the first team, Kaylin Morissette was named to the second team while Monica Negron and Faye Brust were named to the third team.
Since joining the ACC two years ago, the Cardinals have been ranked in the Top 20 all season and have advanced to NCAA Tournament in each season. In 2016, the Cardinals earned the highest ranking in school history at No. 5. Louisville also set a new school record, starting the season with a 7-0 record.
Prior to coming to Louisville, Latino served as the women’s lacrosse head coach at Manhattan, her alma mater, in 2011.
Latino worked with the Tri-State Lacrosse Club in Highstown, N.J., where she served as the head coach and camps and clinics director from 2009-10. Her responsibilities included instructing summer travel all-star lacrosse teams and assisting with the creation and set up of coaching and skills clinics throughout the state of New Jersey. Additionally, she assisted the head goalkeeper coach at multiple camps and clinics. During that time, Latino worked at Ramapo High as the varsity squad’s assistant coach.
A Lady Jasper from 2005-08, she was a two-year starter on the back line and played in 32 consecutive contests during her junior and senior seasons. As a freshman, she was part of a squad that won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA championship. Latino graduated from Manhattan in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in management.