St. John Fisher College announced that it hired Linda Michele to guide the women's lacrosse program in the summer of 2011.
In each of her first four seasons at the helm, Michele has led the Cardinals to four consecutive Empire 8 Conference championships and four-straight appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship.
Previously, Michele had coached at The College of Brockport, a program that she transformed into a national power in just two years.
In her first season, Michele guided the Golden Eagles to the program's first NCAA appearance, ultimately ending in the quarterfinal round. Brockport, which won just five games in 2009, went 13-4 in 2010 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time in the program's history with Michele being named the 2010 NCAA Division III Coach of the Year.
In 2011, Brockport received an at-large bid to NCAAs after finishing in 2nd place in the SUNYAC.
Michele's scholastic coaching resume is even more impressive. Prior to Brockport, Michele served as the head coach at East Rochester High School where she compiled a career record of 160-40. Over 13 seasons, she guided the team to four Section V Championships and three New York State Final appearances. The East Rochester native also coached at the Albany Girls Academy from 1990 to 1996, where she finished with a 78-14 record.
In 2001, she formed the Lady Roc Lacrosse Club, a premier travel lacrosse team for girls in the Rochester and Buffalo region. Michele has also served as the USWLA and US Lacrosse National Tournament Director, US Lacrosse coach and Empire State Games Western Region coach.
She was inducted into the Rochester Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2008.
In addition to her extensive lacrosse resume, Michele coached field hockey at East Rochester from 1999-2008 where she compiled a record of 185-28-12 and led the Bombers to three Class C Sectional Championships.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland in 1982 and a Master of Science in Health Education from Russell Sage College in 1992.
Michele is the fourth women's lacrosse coach since the program's inception in 2000.
She currently resides in East Rochester with her husband Mark. They have four children, Whitney, Sean, Jordan and Casey.