Tara Clough, who spent five seasons coaching the Sacred Heart Greenwich lacrosse team, has been hired as coach of Greenwich girls lacrosse squad.
Greenwich athletic director Gus Lindine announced the hiring of Clough on Tuesday afternoon. Clough resigned as Sacred Heart’s coach, after guiding the team to its most successful run in program history.
Clough replaces Rachel Vallarelli, who stepped down following her first season at the helm at Greenwich. While at Sacred Heart, Clough, a New Canaan native, led the Tigers to three consecutive FAA Tournament Championships (2017, 2018, 2019).
Under Clough’s direction this past spring, Sacred Heart registered a record of 18-1 on its way to winning the FAA championship. During her five seasons at Sacred Heart Greenwich, the Tigers had a record of 72-19.
Clough played lacrosse, soccer, basketball, ice hockey and tennis growing up in New Canaan and went on to play lacrosse at the collegiate level at Notre Dame, where she captained the squad.
She began her coaching career as a volunteer assistant lacrosse coach as as a graduate student at Boston College and besides coaching at Sacred Heart Greenwich, she has coached various club and youth teams. She recently served as co-director of the Grizzlies Summer Academy and is currently one of the coaches with the Connecticut Grizzlies Girls Lacrosse Club.
“I’m thrilled for this opportunity to lead the Greenwich High program and to coach in the FCIAC,” Clough said. “The FCIAC is one of the most competitive conferences in the state and I’m looking forward to coaching a program like Greenwich, which always has so much depth.”
Clough takes over a Greenwich squad that qualified for the FCIAC Tournament and CIAC Class L tourney. The Cardinals lost to Cheshire in the first round of the Class L Tournament, after beating Brien McMahon in the qualifying round.
”This gives me an opportunity to work with and develop youth lacrosse players as well in Greenwich,” Clough said. ”There’s so much upside to this opportunity. I look forward to helping the team contend with the top teams in the FCIAC and state.”
Clough fondly recalled her time at Sacred Heart.
”We had a great run of success at Sacred Heart,” she said. ”I had a chance to coach so many talented athletes and experienced so many exciting moments. I’m thankful for the opportunity they gave me to coach at Sacred Heart.”