July 11, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Waagbo announced the first addition to her coaching staff on Friday with the hiring of Danielle Etrasco as an assistant coach. Etrasco arrives at West Point following one season as an assistant coach with Virginia Tech's women's lacrosse program.
"I am very excited to welcome Danielle Etrasco as the newest member of the Army Women's Lacrosse staff," Waagbo said. "Danielle brings with her valuable experiences as both a decorated player at Boston University and for Team USA, as well as serving as an assistant coach in the highly competitive Atlantic Coast Conference last year. Her competitive spirit is absolutely contagious. She is a very impressive young coach and mentor, and will be a great fit here at Army West Point as we look to build the women's lacrosse program."
Etrasco spent the 2013-14 academic year at Virginia Tech, where she served as an assistant under head coach Megan Burker. While in Blacksburg, Va., Etrasco worked primarily with the Hokies' attack, helping produce an All-ACC first team player and working to improve the team's scoring output from 177 goals in 2013 to 192 goals in 2014.
In her role at Virginia Tech, Etrasco also served as the team's student-athlete academic liaison and was responsible for developing practice plans, breaking down video and coordinating travel.
Prior to her time at Virginia Tech, Etrasco enjoyed a standout playing career as an attacker at Boston University. Along with serving as team captain as a junior and senior, Etrasco led the Terriers in scoring during her sophomore, junior and senior campaigns, including team bests of 79 points, 59 goals and 20 assists as a senior. Additionally, she was named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list in 2013, as one of the top college players in the nation.
A two-time Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American, Etrasco earned IWLCA All-Northeast Region first team and All-America East Conference first team honors in each of her final three seasons at Boston University.
In the summer of 2011, Etrasco was invited to join the United States National Team, eventually earning a spot on the 2013 World Cup squad. Etrasco won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, totaling 17 goals and three assists in seven games during the tournament.
"I am extremely honored to be joining Coach Waagbo and the Army women's lacrosse program," Etrasco said. "It's an exciting time for Army and women's lacrosse, with the opportunity to provide another Division I women's sport to these incredible cadets, as well as helping to grow the game. West Point has an amazing amount of leadership, tradition and pride, all of which I cannot wait to be a part of."
A native of Massapequa, N.Y., Etrasco also served in a coaching capacity with the Long Island Liberty Lacrosse program in Manhasset, N.Y., and at the Around the Crease lacrosse camp in Boston, Mass.
Etrasco earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Administration from Boston University in 2013.