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2007 Millersville graduate Mia Gambino Hall starred for the Marauder women’s lacrosse team for four seasons, and after two seasons as the head coach at Shippensburg, Hall took over the head coaching duties at Millersville prior to the 2012 season. Hall enters her fourth season with the Marauders in 2015. She succeeded her former mentor Barb Waltman, who retired in 2011 as the longest-tenured coach in Division II history.
In just her first season, Hall made a drastic improvement in the Millersville offense. After scoring just 117 goals and 158 in 2011, Hall’s 2012 squad collected 198 goals and 240 points. The Millersville offense saw its first 40-goal scorers since 2009 with Caitlin Shannon and Ashley Henderson scoring 45 and 42 goals each. Seven Marauders scored double-digits goals, including five with at least 20 goals and two with 42 or more. The 2012 team also increased its shot total from 297 to 419 with an aggressive offense attack. Hall's first team included 14 underclassmen and one senior.
In year two, Hall turned the Millersville offense into one of the best units in the PSAC. The 2013 squad broke the programs all-time record for goals in a season with 221. The previous record of 217 had not been touched since 1989. Hall also orchestrated the first trio of Marauders to score 40-plus goals in a year for the first time since Millersville began tracking individual team records in 2004. The team went 9-7 in her second season to capture its first winning record since 2008 and the most wins in a season in 12 years.
Hall has developed eight All-PSAC performers in her time with the Marauders and three players have totaled over 100 career goals to rank in the top 10 in Millersville's history. Hall also led the team through continued community service efforts. In 2013, the Marauders were the recipient of the PSAC Sportsmanship Award because of their work in helping the Seton Hill lacrosse program and families effected by a fatal bus accident.
Hall quickly moved through the coaching ranks and just one year removed from graduation, she was hired as the head coach at Shippensburg. As a first-year head coach, Hall led the Lady Raiders to an 8-9 overall record and a solid 5-5 PSAC mark. The following season, Hall’s team went 8-8 with a 4-7 league record. In two seasons, Hall produced seven All-PSAC selections, including three first team picks.
After graduating from Millersville with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in coaching, Hall spent a year as an assistant to Anne Phillips at Franklin & Marshall. That season, she helped the Diplomats to a 19-2 record and a return trip to the NCAA Division III Championship.
With four years of coaching and four years as a player, Hall boasts an intimate knowledge of the PSAC. Also, as a native of Pottstown and current resident of Mount Joy, Hall is familiar with Millersville’s prime recruiting region.
Hall is just the third coach in Millersville lacrosse’s illustrious 45-year history. Beginning in 1967, Marge Trout coached the team until Waltman took over in 1979.
As a player under Waltman, Hall was an All-PSAC First Team selection in her final two seasons and was a Division II Academic All-American. She served as team captain for two seasons and was named IWLCA All-Region as a junior. She led Millersville in groundballs during all four of her competitive seasons, totaling 156, and she consistently ranking amongst the team leaders in caused turnovers. In 2006, Hall ranked second in the PSAC for groundballs and caused turnovers. She graduated cum laude in 2007 and earned a master’s of education degree from Millersville in 2009.
She also competed at the international level. Hall was chosen to represent the United States of America in the American International Sports Team in Prague, Czech Republic, earning MVP of the Prague Cup.
A 2002 graduate of Pottsgrove High School, Hall was an All-PAC-10 defender and was named all-area first team as a senior. She was also a club player for Phillips’ CLC Coventry Club team that went on to win the 2000 Keystone State Games gold medal and the silver medal in 2001.