Two-time Patriot League Champions and head coach Cindy Timchal to run clinics
Allison Fondale enters her sixth season with the women's lacrosse program in 2013. Fondale, the associate head coach, brings a wealth of experience to the Midshipmen sidelines with previous coaching stints at three different universities, including ACC powers Duke and Maryland, and a former two-time All-American while at Loyola College. At Navy, Fondale serves as the recruiting coordinator and primary coach for the defense and goalies.
Fondale has helped guide the Mids to three straight NCAA Tournaments and three Patriot League titles from 2010-2012. During her five seasons at Navy, the Mids have amassed an impressive overall record of 76-22 (.776).
Behind one of the best defenses in the country 2012, Navy advanced to a third straight NCAA Tournament, won a third straight Patriot League title and won its first outright regular season title after going undefeated at 6-0 in Patriot League play.
The Mids led the Patriot League and ranked sixth in the country with an 8.33 goals allowed per game average. Navy's defense held 15 opponents to nine goals or fewer during the season.
Navy employed a goalie platoon in 2012, with Michelle Verbeeck ranking first in the league in goals-against average (8.15) and save percentage (.484) while teammate Elaina Ponchione ranked second in the Patriot League in both categories with an 8.71 GAA and a .474 save percentage.
The 2012 team posted an 18-3 overall record, setting a school and Patriot League record for most victories.
In 2011, Navy's defense ranked second in the league with a 9.71 goals-against average. The Mids won a second straight league title and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history. Navy finished the season ranked No. 20 in the deBeer Media Poll.
In 2010, the Fondale-coached defense shutdown Sacred Heart in Navy's 12-2 NCAA Play-In Game victory to advance the team to its NCAA First Round showdown with No. 3 North Carolina. The team posted a 17-4 mark and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
On the season, the Mids allowed just 8.38 goals per game, ranking seventh in the nation for the second-straight year in scoring defense. In addition, goalie Elaina Ponchione ranked in the top 15 in the nation in goals allowed for the second year in a row.
In 2009, Fondale helped lead Navy to a second-consecutive 13-win season and a trip to the Patriot League Final for the first time in program history. She helped tutor a defensive unit that ranked seventh in the nation in scoring defense.
In her first season at Navy in 2008, she played an instrumental role in guiding one of the youngest teams in the country to a historic first season. A record-setting spring saw the Mids produce an NCAA record for wins by a first-year program with 13 and earn their first appearance in the Patriot League Tournament appearance.
Thanks much in part to the nation's seventh-ranked scoring defense, led by all-league selections Caitlin Mandrin Hill and Elaina Ponchione, the Mids held 10 opponents to eight or fewer goals, while producing 10 or more caused turnovers seven times.
Prior to arriving in Annapolis, Fondale served as the head coach at Ohio University for the previous year and a half before the university decided to drop the program, along with three other sports in January of 2007. While at Ohio, Fondale guided the Bobcats to a 4-12 mark in 2006 and had two players earn All-Conference honors and another named as the ALC Goalie of the Year.
Fondale took over at Ohio after serving as an assistant under Timchal in 2004. While at Maryland, she served as the primary recruiter while working extensively with the offense and goalies. Maryland achieved a national ranking of seventh and landed three players on the IWLCA All-America team in 2004. In addition, three players were members of the U.S. Development Team and one was a World Cup team alternate.
Prior to College Park, Fondale spent six years at Duke, first as an assistant and then associate head coach. There, she helped build the Blue Devils into an elite program, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in all six seasons, including three-straight quarterfinal appearances and a trip to the national semis in 1999. She coached 12 players to IWLCA All-America recognition, while 19 garnered All-ACC laurels. In addition, five of her recruiting classes were ranked among the top seven nationally, including the 2004 class, which ranked No. 1 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse Magazine. Fondale coached and recruited two-time All-American Kristen Waagbo to Duke as part of its '03 class, which included four members off the USA Under-19 team and was tabbed second in the country.
Fondale has strived for success in the classroom at each of her previous coaching stops, making it fitting she would land at one of the nation's finest academic institutions. She has served as the academic advisor to all of her teams. In 2006, her Ohio team was recognized as a "Merit Squad" for having a team GPA over 3.00 while two seniors were named to the IWLCA Honor Roll. While at Duke in 2004, the Blue Devils won the IWLCA Merit Award for leading all NCAA Division I schools with a 3.40 team GPA.
The theme of academic success has continued at Navy and Jasmine DePompeo became the team's first Academic All-American in 2012.
A two-time IWLCA All-American at Loyola College, Fondale led the Greyhounds to three NCAA national semifinal appearances and a spot in the 1997 championship game. In 1994, her squad earned the No. 1 ranking and won a school-record 16 games. She finished her career with 120 points (71 g, 49 a). In 2008, she was one of 10 women and men inducted to the 2008 class for the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
A native of Fulton, Md., the former Allison Valentino earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in clinical psychology from Loyola.
Allison and her husband, Joe, reside in Annapolis. The couple gave birth to a daughter, Elaine, in 2011.