LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Passaic Valley Regional High School alumni Jennifer Tafro has been named as head field hockey coach for the 2017 season by the Ramapo College Department of Athletics.
"We are very excited to welcome Coach Tafro to our Roadrunner Family," said Director of Athletics Harold Crocker. "I believe that her knowledge of the game and experiences in the NJAC, combined with her passion and high energy level, will have a positive impact on our student-athletes and program this fall."
Tafro is a former All-American from Montclair State University. She joins the Ramapo College staff after serving as the first assistant coach at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. for the 2016 season. There, she helped lead the Lynx to the NCAA Tournament and their fourth Southern Athletic Association Championship in the last five seasons.
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"I am thrilled to join the Ramapo family," Tafro said. "Field Hockey and coaching have been lifelong passions of mine and it is exciting to be back competing in the NJAC."
Prior to coaching at Rhodes, Tafro was the graduate assistant coach at Frostburg State University where she developed and administrated drills for the Bobcats as well as playing a major role in the team's strategy and philosophy. Frostburg was second in the Capital Athletic Conference in saves while in her first season with the Bobcats; they led the CAC in saves and finished fourth in defensive saves. Tafro also served as an assistant coach at the Quik Stik Elite Field Hockey Club working specifically in introducing skills, creating drills and managing travel for the team.
At Montclair State University Tafro was a standout student-athlete and a two time All-American. She holds numerous Red Hawk records and is the second all-time career points leader in MSU history, along with the single season points leader during 2012 and 2013 seasons. She was named NJAC Midfielder of the Year following the 2013 season while the Red Hawks captured the conference crown in 2012 and 2013. Tafro earned four NJAC First Team All-Conference honors while she was named NFHCA South Atlantic First Team All-Region following the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
"I am eager to work with the coaches and support staff at Ramapo. I hope to help these young women achieve their goals on and off the field this season."