A first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer at the University of North Carolina her senior year in 2008, Erica LaGrow helped the Tar Heels to four consecutive quarterfinal appearances in the NCAA championship.
LaGrow’s hometown is Skaneateles, N.Y. was a midfielder at North Carolina, who started all four years and ended her career with 80 goals and 15 assists to go along with 90 ground balls and 84 draw controls. She brought that experience to Florida, when she was hired to become an assistant coach once the program was created in 2010.
“Obviously being a part of a program that’s been successful in the past, has taught me a lot about technique, a lot about skills and whole game concepts that I was able to transfer over here to Florida.”
LaGrow was also a member of the United States Women’s National Team for five years. She was a member of the touring team that captured the Prague Cup in 2008. The Prague Cup is a tournament in Europe which hosts lacrosse national teams, and multiple Division I schools to compete for a championship. She credits the experience of being a part of the National Team, to helping her become a better coach.
“You learn a lot, you know how to speak with each other, you know how to coach things, you know how to make each other better.”
At the University of Florida, LaGrow coordinates the offense with assistant coach Michelle Tumolo. The Gators offense last year finished second in the nation in scoring margin. Florida also finished with the fifth best scoring offense in the country, and sixth in points. The team’s offensive philosophy revolves around the players that are currently on the team.
“We create an offense around the players that we have, obviously develop those skills for each player and as a whole on offense,” LaGrow said. “We teach the basics and run more of a motion style offense.”
With the lacrosse season already in full swing, the Gators have set their goals high. “Any division one program, their goal is to win conference championships and national championships,” LaGrow said. “I think on a day-to-day basis, we have to get better each day and improve our skills, improve our offense, and improve the defense from top to bottom.”