Vito La Francesca

Vito La Francesca

Coach Vito La Francesca is now in his 14th season at the helm of the women's soccer program in 2020, having won the eight GNAC championships with the Lasers. La Francesca took the reigns of the program in the Fall of 2007, where he was named GNAC Coach of the Year. In 2012 he lead the Lasers to a 3-1 defeat of Amherst College in the first round of the NCAA tournament, becoming the first team in the history of Lasell University to win an NCAA tournament game. He has accumulated an overall record of 176-73-15, including eight straight NCAA tournament appearances from 2010-2018. His team has qualified for the GNAC tournament every season he has been head coach, and also appeared in the ECAC Northeast Regional tournament in 2009. In his tenure he has seen more than two dozen of his players be named to GNAC All-Conference teams.

La Francesca additionally coached the first two female athletes to receive All-America status. Mack Kingman, a four-year standout for La Francesca, was named to the NSCAA All-America Second team following the 2016 season, and was also announced as the GNAC Woman of the Year, another first honor for Lasell University. Carly Zdanek was also named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Women's All-America Third Team following the 2017 campaign.

Coach La Francesca was the assistant coach at Babson College in 2006 before his tenure at Lasell. Prior to moving to the collegiate level at Babson, he had successful stints as the head coach at Beaver Country Day (2004-2006) and Watertown High School (1999-2002). He has been coaching women's soccer in various capacities since 1997 and holds several advanced coaching degrees.

La Francesca earned his Associates Degree in Engineering Technology from the Wentworth Institute of Technology, in 1997, and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wentworth, in 1999. He is currently working at Harvard Medical School in the Engineering and Construction division and resides in Reading, Massachusetts with his wife and four children.

Career Record

Year Overall Conference Post-Season
2007  11-7-0   8-5-0 GNAC GNAC Quarterfinals
2008  10-6-2   7-3-2 GNAC GNAC Quarterfinals
2009  9-6-2   8-2-2 GNAC GNAC Quarterfinals - ECAC Quarterfinal
2010  14-4-3   8-2-2 GNAC GNAC Champions - NCAA First Round
2011  16-5-1  11-2-0 GNAC GNAC Champions - NCAA First Round
2012  15-5-1   9-2-1 GNAC GNAC Champions - NCAA Second Round
2013  17-4-1  10-0-1 GNAC GNAC Champions - NCAA First Round
2014  17-5-0  11-0-0 GNAC GNAC Champions - NCAA First Round
2015  13-5-4  10-0-1 GNAC GNAC Champions - NCAA First Round
2016  18-3-1  10-0-1 GNAC GNAC Champions - NCAA First Round
2017  13-6-0  10-1-0 GNAC GNAC Champions - NCAA First Round
2018  14-6-0  11-1-0 GNAC GNAC Runner-up
2019  9-11-0   8-5-0 GNAC GNAC Semifinals
Total  176-73-15  121-23-10  
     0.695     0.818