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Tambroni Completes Nittany Lion Staff for 2017-18; Mendoza Named Penn State Men’s Lacrosse Director of Operations
Penn State men’s lacrosse coach Jeff Tambroni announced the addition of Taylor Mendoza as the program’s new director of operations. Mendoza joins the Nittany Lions with previous collegiate experiences at Amherst College and Skidmore College.
“The addition of Taylor Mendoza as our Director of Lacrosse Operations will help our program reach another level of success,” said Tambroni, who led the Nittany Lions to their fifth NCAA appearance in 2017. “He possesses a tremendous work ethic and he brings a set of skills that will assist our program in a multitude of ways. He has already proven to be an asset to our staff and we are excited about his contributions and future at Penn State.”
Mendoza spent the previous two seasons at Amherst College as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, working with both the offense and defense on the field and raising the profile of the program through new recruiting materials and social media channels.
In 2016, Mendoza helped guide the man-up unit to a No. 3 national ranking (49.2 percent efficiency) as Amherst averaged 14.16 goals and 46.3 shots per game. His coaching expertise with the face-off unit translated into a 23 percent improvement in 2017, which placed Amherst in top 25 nationally in that statistical category.
Amherst landed two of the most talented classes in history due to Mendoza’s efforts, including the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie of the Year and a face-off man who earned all-NESCAC second-team honors. In his two seasons with the Purple and White, Mendoza mentored eight United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Scholar All-Americans, eight USILA All-America selections, 10 All-NESCAC selections and more than two dozen academic All-NESCAC honorees.
Mendoza served as the first assistant at Skidmore College from 2013-15, guiding the face-off unit to an improvement of 17 percent over his two seasons with the program. In addition to his on-field coaching duties, he handled film breakdown, scouting reports, player development and recruiting, as well as team logistics, alumni relations, and fundraising.
A 2013 graduate of SUNY-Cortland, Mendoza earned his degree in business economics. He won three letters as a midfielder for the Red Dragons as the program totaled 56 wins against only five losses during his career. In his three seasons, SUNY-Cortland reached the NCAA quarterfinals (2011), semifinals (2013) and advanced to the championship game in 2012. Mendoza and his wife Laura reside in State College.