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.
Last spring, Valentino 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. 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, Valentino 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, Valentino 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.
Valentino 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, Valentino 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. Valentino 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.
Valentino 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.
A two-time IWLCA All-American at Loyola College, Valentino 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., Valentino earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in clinical psychology from Loyola.