Dioli Named Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach at Babson

Dioli Named Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach at Babson

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College head women's lacrosse coach Michelle Smith announced on Wednesday that Cat Dioli has been hired as the program's new assistant coach. Dioli comes to Babson after a successful two-year stint as an assistant coach at the College of Wooster.

"I am very excited to welcome Cat to Babson," commented Smith. "She brings a wealth of experience as a student-athlete and as a coach at the both the collegiate and club levels, and shares our team's vision for success. I'm looking forward to working with her."

Dioli, who graduated from Bates College in 2014 with a degree in environmental studies, was a four-year standout on defense for the Bobcats. A three-time Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) All-New England Pilgrim Region and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Academic All-Conference honoree, she was selected to participate in the North-South All-Star game following her senior campaign. Dioli, who served as team captain in 2014, also played two years of volleyball at Bates.

Dioli began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Simmons College in 2015 where she helped the Sharks win six games and reach the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament. She was hired at Wooster prior to the 2016 campaign and assisted in all facets of the program while helping the Fighting Scots post back-to-back 11-win seasons, which included a berth in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Tournament semifinals in 2016.

In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Dioli has been a coach with the Boston-based 3d Lacrosse Club since 2010. She also worked as an admissions counselor at nearby Newbury College from 2014-15.

"I am extremely excited to be joining the Babson community and am very grateful for the opportunity to work with Michelle and the women's lacrosse program," said Dioli. "When I visited campus, Michelle's dedication and excitement towards her team was contagious, and I knew I wanted to be part of the program. I can't wait to get started and immerse myself in all aspects of the campus community."

In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Dioli also will assist in Babson's equipment room.