Seawolves went 14-5 in their first season under head coach Joe Spallina.
Allie Emala, a former captain of the Virginia Tech women's lacrosse team is in her first season as an assistant coach for Stony Brook women's lacrosse.
Emala works heavily with the Seawolves on draw controls. In 2013, the squad set a new school single-season mark for draw controls with 259.
Emala most recently spent the last year working as a School Coaching Officer at the Bedford Girls' School in Bedford, England, approximately 60 miles outside of London. She was placed at the school through English Lacrosse, the official governing body of lacrosse in England.
At Bedford Girls' School, Emala taught and coached lacrosse, field hockey, netball, tennis, rounders and swimming to girls ages 7-18. Specifically with lacrosse, Emala taught and coached girls with a wide range of skill sets, many of whom had little-to-no lacrosse experience. She spent approximately 45 hours a week on lessons and practices.
Emala's work in England came after an outstanding four-year career as a midfielder at Virginia Tech, where she captained the Hokies her junior and senior years. She holds the program's career and single-season draw control records with 245 and 88, respectively. Her 88 draw controls in 2010 led the nation. She also ranks third all-time at Virginia Tech in goals (138) and fifth in assists (49) and second in total points (187).
Emala was named Virginia Tech's Co-MVP in 2011 and was the team's Rookie of the Year in 2008. She also was an All-ACC team selection in 2011, a four-time ACC All-Academic team selection and a third-team All-American as named by SynapseSports.com.
While attending Virginia Tech, Emala also spent summers working in lacrosse. In the summer of 2011, she coached and worked with TLC Lacrosse in Maryland, teaching girls, ages 12 and 13, stick skills and lacrosse IQ. In Summer 2010, she evaluated candidates for the Under Armour High School All-American team. In the three previous summers, she worked as a lacrosse camp instructor at Virginia Tech and the Bryn Mawr School.
Emala, a native of Baltimore, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from Virginia Tech in 2011.