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Hoffmann Adds Cat Rainone to Lacrosse Staff

Aug 23, 2021

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon women's lacrosse coach Chelsea Hoffmann added to her coaching staff on August 24, 2021 with the hiring of assistant coach Cat Rainone.
Rainone spent the last three seasons as the goalkeepers coach and defensive coordinator at La Salle after a standout collegiate career at Penn State. She joins the Oregon staff as the goalkeepers coach and defensive coordinator.
"We are excited to welcome Cat Rainone to Oregon Lacrosse," Hoffmann said. "She brings a championship mindset and is a great player development coach who will help our student-athletes grow and improve in every aspect of their game. I can't wait for her to see her in action with our defensive unit this Fall."
Rainone's units consistently improved during her time with the Explorers. Her goalkeepers raised their save percentage from .447 to .476 in her first season coaching at La Salle and posted a Goals Against Average of 11.93 in the shortened 2020 season. Rainone coached Explorer goalkeeper Molly Loughlin to a historic season in which she set the school record for saves with 170 stops.
"I am elated to have the opportunity to work with such dedicated athletes as well a passionate staff that Oregon has fostered," Rainone said. "I am thankful for the support Chelsea and the department have given me thus far and I am eager to see what impact our staff can have on the Pac-12. I look forward to hitting the ground running in Eugene, and I'm so excited to be starting my journey as a Duck!"
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Rainone was a standout goalkeeper at Penn State. She earned the starting job as a senior and picked up two Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week honors while leading the Nittany Lions to the National Semifinals. Penn State posted its highest win total in 28 years with Rainone in net. She was named to Big 10 All-Academic team twice.
Rainone also worked with Ultimate Goal Lacrosse, serving as goalie coach and defensive coordinator from 2014 to 2017, and also spent time as a strength and conditioning coach during her time at Penn State.