Ashley Casiano Joins Yale Staff

Ashley Casiano. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ashley Casiano. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Played in NCAA Tournament for Marist

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Ashley Casiano, a two-time all-conference goaltender for Marist who helped the Red Foxes to the NCAA Tournament in 2010, has joined the Yale women's lacrosse staff as an assistant coach. She joins returning assistant coach Tanya Kotowicz to form the staff under Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse.

Casiano joins the Bulldogs after earning her B.A. in communications with a concentration in sports communication from Marist, where she earned MAAC All-Academic Team recognition as a senior and made the Dean's List twice. Last season she was ninth in the country in saves (149) and 13th in save percentage (.461). That helped her earn second team All-MAAC honors for the second season in a row. She started every game except one for the last three seasons of her career, leading her team in ground balls each year.

As a freshman Casiano helped the Red Foxes earn an NCAA Tournament berth by beating Fairfield 9-7 in the MAAC Tournament championship. She was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts, and over the course of her career the Red Foxes make a total of three MAAC Tournament appearances. She was a two-time all-tournament selection.

A native of South Windsor, Conn., Casiano lettered in lacrosse and basketball all four years at South Windsor High. She has worked as a coach at various camps, including Yale's camp this past June, and has also volunteered with Special Olympics.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity