Leslie LaFronz was tabbed as the head coach of the field hockey and women's lacrosse program, beginning in the fall of 2009.
LaFronz comes to Kean with over 20 years of coaching experience at the high school, club and collegiate levels. She most recently served as the head coach of both the field hockey and women's lacrosse programs at Ramapo College from 2003-2008. Prior to her time at Ramapo, she spent 10 years as the varsity head coach at Wayne Valley High School and was named the County Coach of the Year on four occasions. In addition to her coaching duties, LaFronz also was the athletic academic coordinator for Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan from 1992-1999.
LaFronz was recently named to the Advisory Panel of espnW, a new source of sports information for girls and women that recently debuted last winter. espnW marks an expansion of the ESPN brand that looks to appeal to girls in high school and to female athletes who want to continue their sports involvement after college. The Advisory Panel is made up of 29 of the most prominent women and men in sports from around the country.
As a full-scholarship student-athlete at Northwestern University, LaFronz competed in the NCAA Division I tournament all four seasons as a field hockey player and for two seasons while playing women's lacrosse. Her field hockey team advanced all the way to the Final Four in 1984.
LaFronz currently owns Rapid Fire Field Hockey, a year round field hockey business that assists in the development of the youth, including summer camps, instructional clinics and league play.
LaFronz earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Northwestern University in 1985.
Ingrid Alkhoven joins the Cougars for her second season on the sidelines in 2012.
Alkhoven has been playing and coaching in the Netherlands for most of her life. Highlighting her playing career include participating on the first women’s team of the highly competitive hockey club Bloemendaal, one of the oldest hockey clubs in the Netherlands. She has also played and coached for the club team “de Reigers”.
Most recently Alkhoven is the program director of Total Dutch Field Hockey, a Field Hockey organization for players in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania offering a year round program for all ages and all levels.
Alkhoven graduated from C.I.O.S. (Central Institute of Sports Education) in the Netherlands in 1995.
Joelle Vitale roams the sidelines for her second season in 2012.
Vitale concluded her playing career for the Cougars in 2010-11 after competing as a four-year member with the field hockey program and two-year athlete for women’s lacrosse. During the fall, she could be seen playing in 70 field hockey games on defense while recording eight defensive saves in addition to two goals and an assist. For her collective efforts she was tabbed a three-time New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Star. During the spring she tallied 69 groundballs, while causing 22 turnovers in addition to scoring 12 goals and an assist. In 2011 she was named a first-team all-star for both the Skyline and NJAC conferences.
Off the field Vitale excelled in the classroom as well as she was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society in 2010.
Vitale earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from Kean University in 2012.
Olivia Triano transitions to the sidelines for her first season in 2012 as a graduate assistant coach for the Cougars.
A four-year starter on the field hockey team, Triano became the first player in program history to earn National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association First-Team All-American honors and became just the second player in Kean history to participate in the NFHCA Division III Senior All-Star Game. The 2010 and 2011 New Jersey Athletic Conference Midfielder of the Year, she played in 70 career games, recording 59 goals and 147 points, both second in school history. Despite a two-year hiatus from the game, she was a three-time NJAC first-team all-star and two-time All-American and concluded her career tied for the all-time assist mark with 29.
Triano also played for two seasons on the women’s basketball team as she recorded 130 points to go along with 44 rebounds, 17 steals and 34 assists.
Triano, a two-time Kean University D’Angola Female Athlete of the Year award winner, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from Kean in 2012 and is working towards her Master of Arts degree in Special Education.