McDaniel College has chosen Sandra Lagana, a Sykesville native and South Carroll High School valedictorian, as the school's next women's soccer head coach.
Lagana, a 2000 graduate from South Carroll, was announced as the Green Terror's new coach on March 7 by Director of Athletics Paul Moyer.
"Sandy is not only an outstanding coach but also someone we wanted running our women's soccer program," said Moyer in a statement on the hiring.
"She has outstanding character, is bright, hard working and has been successful as both a player and coach, and we know she will be able to take our program to next level," he said.
Lagana has served as the head women's soccer at Ferrum College (Va.) since 2007, and built the Panthers program into a playoff contender in the USA South Athletic Conference.
In her tenure, Lagana produced 10 all-conference players, two all-state players and the program's second ever all-region selection.
In 2010, she guided Ferrum to an 11-6-1 record, which was the program's best finish since 1998. Her five conference wins in each of the last two seasons were the most in program history.
"I am extremely excited to become part of the athletics staff and college community, and look forward to continuing and building upon the team's success in the Centennial Conference," Lagana said.
She will assume duties at McDaniel on March 19, in time to close out the recruiting class and oversee spring practices. McDaniel is scheduled to open its 2012 season at home against Marymount on Sept. 4.
After graduating from South Carroll, Lagana attended Bridgewater College (Va.), where she played soccer and lacrosse.
At Bridgewater, she led the Eagles with 11 goals and 22 points as a senior, and her 62 career points still ranks third all-time in program history. She is also second all-time with 28 career goals and 12th all-time with her six career assists.
For her lacrosse career, she scored 37 goals and handed out 48 assists.
She graduated from Bridgewater in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in communication studies. She earned her masters in kinesiology and recreation studies, with concentrations in athletic administration and coaching, from James Madison in December 2006.
After her playing days, she was an assistant at Mary Baldwin during the 2005 season before being promoted to head coach for the 2006 campaign.
She also served as the head girl's soccer coach at Broadway High School and the Harrisonburg (Va.) Heat Soccer Club under-16 girl's soccer team, and has also spent time as a volunteer with the Soccer-in-the-Streets program in Atlanta and the Washington Freedom of the Women's Professional Soccer League.
She has also worked various camps in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and started a Ferrum Soccer Camp last summer.