Gia Cillizza
Gia Cillizza
Title: Head Field Hockey Coach
Phone: 202-319-4744
Email: cillizza@cua.edu

CUA Field Hockey, led by Gia Fenoglio Cillizza in her 13th year as head coach, has enjoyed tremendous success over the last five years -- the most accomplished period in the program’s 45-year history.

During that time, the program has put together a 77-24 or .762 winning percentage. The team has won three Landmark championships, one ECAC championship and made four NCAA Tournament appearances -- one of only eight programs in the nation to appear in each of the last four DIII NCAA tournaments. In both 2013 and 2014, the team progressed all the way to the Elite Eight, coming within a goal of the Final Four.

In each of those five years, the Cardinals have been nationally ranked – including several times in the top 10. CUA has also played a difficult schedule that, in 2014, boasted six teams ranked in the top 20, besting the No. 1, No. 6, No. 15 and No. 19 teams in the nation.

During this time, the program has produced eight All-Americans, 16 All-Region players and 29 All-Landmark honorees including three Landmark Players of the Year and two Landmark Rookies of the Year. Seven seniors were chosen to play in the NFHCA Senior Game.

Head Coach Gia Cillizza is in her 13th year in the position. She and her staff have been honored with the coaching staff of the year award in the conference three out of the last four years – and five times since the conference began in 2007. Cillizza became the winningest coach in program history in 2006 and passed the 100-win milestone in 2010.

Off the field, the field hockey team continued to excel with its academics, receiving its fourth straight NFHCA Division III National Academic Team award with a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in the 2013 fall semester. Thirteen student athletes made the NFHCA National Academic Squad in 2014 with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher through the first semester of 2013-14.

The team also continued its service to others volunteering annually at the Armed Forces Retirement Home and MLK Day of Service as well as with DC Special Olympics and Relay for Life.

During Cillizza’s time on the sidelines, she has coached 12 of the program’s 13 All-Americans as well as 27 All-Region selections, 65 All-Conference selections, four Conference Rookies of the Year, two Conference Defensive Players of the Year, three Conference Players of the Year and 12 NFHCA All-Star Game participants.  She has also coached several CUA Athletics Department award winners including Meg Comunale, Mary Swarthout, Andrea Baick, Ro Dixon and Erin Swift (Donley Cup); Tracey Scanlon, Michele Repass, Jayme Dinsmore and Stephanie Roselle (Outstanding Senior Athlete) and Carley Walko, Kelly Burke and Kathleen Langan (Jone Dowd Role Model) as well as Megan Payne, who received the President’s Medal in 2007.

Cillizza’s tenure includes six regular season titles (2006-08, 2011, 2012, 2014), nine conference championship games (2005-08, 2010-14), six ECAC post-season tournament appearances (champion in 2010, runner up in 2008, semifinalist in 2005, 2006, 2009), and four NCAA Tournaments (2011-14). 

Cillizza began her career as head coach in 2002 after serving for three years as an assistant at CUA under Miami University (Ohio) college teammate Lisa DeStefano Thompson. In 2004 after a two-year stint as a part-time head coach, Cillizza left her career in publishing where she was an assistant production editor, reporter, and marketing manager for National Journal Group (now Atlantic Media) to follow her passion -- full-time coaching.

Cillizza has coached at U.S. Field Hockey's National Futures Championship, served as a site director, selector and coach in the U.S. Field Hockey Futures development program, directed Revolution Field Hockey camp at CUA, and coached camps with the University of Maryland, Nike, Gateway Field Hockey, Cecil County Field Hockey and Archbishop Spalding High School. She has also served on various National Field Hockey Coaches Association, NCAA, conference and University committees.

From 2006-10 Cillizza served as associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at CUA.  In this role she oversaw seven varsity programs, directed the department's major events and programs, mentored coaches and handled special projects and committees. She has completed coursework toward a master's degree in psychology at CUA.

Cillizza is a 1998 graduate of Division I Miami University in Ohio where she was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter at midfield and defense. She was elected co-captain of her team in her junior and senior years. Cillizza earned a bachelor's degree in English literature and journalism and was a reporter and editor for the university's newspaper.

A St. Louis, Mo., native, Cillizza was co-captain of the Visitation Academy 1993 Midwest Championship team, which finished an unblemished 21-0, and was named first team all-conference her junior and senior years. During high school she participated in the U.S. Futures program and played on all-star teams at the National Field Hockey Festival. Her background includes high school and club softball and soccer as well as musical theater and dance.

Cillizza, her husband, Chris, and two sons live in Falls Church, Va. 

Season

Coach

Record

Win %

Honors

2002

Gia Fenoglio

6-11

(2-3 CAC)

.353

Two players named all-conference, NFHCA academic team award

2003

Gia Fenoglio Cillizza

9-7

(2-3 CAC)

.563

CAC semifinals; #15 NFHCA ranking; three players named all-conference, two all-region, one all-American; NFHCA academic team award

2004

Gia Fenoglio Cillizza

10-9

(4-1 CAC)

.526

CAC semifinals; five players named all-conference, one all-region; CAC Rookie of the Year; NFHCA academic team award

2005

Gia Fenoglio Cillizza

11-7

(3-2 CAC)

.611

CAC Runner Up (first time in conference championship game), ECAC semifinals, #13 NFHCA ranking; five players named all-conference, one all-region, one all-American; NFHCA senior all star game, NFHCA academic team award

2006

Gia Fenoglio Cillizza

13-8

(5-1 CAC)

.619

CAC Runner Up; ECAC semifinals,  #16 NFHCA ranking; seven players named all-conference, three all-region, one all-American; CAC Rookie of the Year, CAC Coach of the Year (first time); NFHCA senior all star game; NFHCA academic team award

2007

Gia Fenoglio Cillizza

11-9

(5-1 LC)

.550

Inaugural Landmark Conference season; Landmark Runner Up, Landmark regular season title, ECAC Tournament; four players named all-conference, one all-region; Co-Defensive Player of the Year; Coaching Staff of the Year; NFHCA senior all star game; NFHCA academic team award

2008

Gia Fenoglio Cillizza

14-8

(6-0 LC)

.636

Landmark Runner Up, Landmark regular season champions; ECAC Runner Up; five players named all-conference; two all-region, one all-American; Defensive Player of the Year; Coaching Staff of the Year; NFHCA senior all star game; NFHCA academic team award

2009

Gia Fenoglio Cillizza

12-7

(5-1 LC)

.631

Landmark semifinals, ECAC semifinals; five players named all-conference, one all-region; NFHCA senior all star game; NFHCA academic team award

2010

Gia Fenoglio Cillizza

17-4

(4-2 LC)

.809

ECAC Champions, Landmark Runner Up, #14 NFHCA ranking; six players named all-conference, three all-region, one all-American; Player of the Year; NFHCA senior all star game; NFHCA academic team award

2011

Gia Fenoglio Cillizza

17-2

(6-0 LC)

.895

NCAA Tournament 2nd Round, Landmark Champions, Landmark regular season title, #9 NFHCA ranking; eight players named all-conference, five all-region, two all-Americans; Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, Coaching Staff of the Year; NFHCA senior all star game, NFHCA Academic Team Award

2012

Gia Fenoglio Cillizza

12-8

(5-1 LC)

.600

NCAA Tournament, Landmark Champions, Landmark regular season title, #7 NFHCA ranking; five players named all-conference,  two all-region; NFHCA senior all star game; Rookie of the Year, Co-Coaching Staff of the Year; NFHCA Academic Team Award

2013

Gia Fenoglio Cillizza

15-6

(4-2 LC)

.714

NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, Landmark Champions, #17 NFHCA ranking; five players named all-conference,  three all-region, three All-American; NFHCA senior all star game; NFHCA Academic Team Award

2014

Gia Fenoglio Cillizza

16-4

(6-1 LC)

.800

NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, Landmark regular season title, #7 NFHCA ranking; #2 regional ranking, five players named all-conference,  three all-region, one All-American, Player of the Year, Coaching Staff of the Year, two in NFHCA Senior Game; Synapse honors: one All-Rookie Squad, two All-American, Defensive Player of the Year; NFHCA Academic Team Award

 

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