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UF: Esposito Joins Lacrosse Staff as Assistant Coach

via UF press release/website, by Katie Callahan

Christina Esposito comes to Gainesville after spending the 2023 season at Stony Brook. 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida lacrosse head coach Amanda O’Leary announced Thursday the hiring of Christina Esposito as assistant coach for the Gators.

“We could not be more thrilled to have Christina join the Gators,” said O’Leary. “She brings so much knowledge, motivation and passion for the game. We are so excited to have her in the Orange & Blue.”

Esposito arrives in Gainesville after spending the 2023 season with Stony Brook. She led the Seawolves to a 15-4 record and a trip to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. Esposito was a member of Northwestern’s lacrosse program from 2013-17.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join an already astounding coaching staff and elite group of athletes here at UF,” said Esposito. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to give all my past experience and knowledge to our players. Competing and dominating every day in sunny Gainesville is a dream come true.”

Esposito Coaching History
Esposito spent the 2023 season coaching as an assistant at Stony Brook University, leading the Seawolves to a 15-4 overall record and a perfect 7-0 run in the CAA. Under her tutelage, the offense sat 13th in the nation in goals per game (14.79).

Prior to Stony Brook, Esposito served as the Director and Head Coach of the Long Island Jester Girls United Lacrosse club. She was a member of that organization from June 2020 until Sept. 2023.

Esposito also held the title of Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at St. Dominic High School in Long Island for three seasons, helping the team to its first ever New York State Championship in the team’s second season (2022).

The West Babylon, N.Y. native has also served as the Head Coach of the Long Island Yellow Jackets 2027 Team, which ranked as the No. 1 team in Long Island and the No. 2 team in the country during her tenure.

Esposito Playing History
Esposito spent her five-year collegiate career at Northwestern University, while earning her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies and her master’s degree in Sport Administration.

While with the Wildcats, she was a two-time IWLCA Second Team All-West/Midwest Region selection, a member of the All-Big Ten Team and was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team in her final season with the squad.

The West Babylon, N.Y. native finished her playing career with 99 goals, 55 assists, 55 groundballs, 36 caused turnovers and 34 draw controls. She ended her career on a high note with her best statistical season, posting 45 goals and 19 assists.

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