Kelly Gallagher is in her fourth season as the head women's lacrosse coach at the University of Tampa. She was chosen as the program's first coach, being named to the position on Oct. 9, 2012.
Gallagher brings a total of 17 years of lacrosse experience, including coaching stints with Limestone College (2011-12) and NCAA Division I Detroit-Mercy (2008-11).
The Spartans earned their first berth in the 2016 Sunshine State Conference Women's Lacrosse tournament after finishing fourth in regular-season play.
Her Spartans ranked among NCAA leaders in draw controls in each of her first two seasons, leading the nation in the category in the first year of existence.
She guided Tampa to a successful inaugural season in 2014, matching up against five nationally-ranked opponents. After guiding the program to its first victory in an 11-9 win over Newberry on March 4, Gallagher led her Spartans to four consecutive victories to conclude the month of March as the Spartans also won five of their final eight games of the 2014 campaign.
As the top assistant at Limestone, Gallagher helped the Saints to a 17-2 record in 2012. While advancing to the NCAA tournament, Limestone had three IWCLA All-Americans. The Saints posted the top win-loss percentage in NCAA Division II, and also had five players in the national top-five among statistical rankings.
Hired as the first assistant coach in Detroit women’s lacrosse history, which began play in 2009 as the first such program in the State of Michigan, Gallagher was directly responsible for recruiting nationwide as well as handling the scheduling of practices and games. She also handled training of the team’s goalkeepers and scouting of both UDM’s players and their opponents.
Among Detroit-Mercy’s accomplishments during her tenure was a runner-up finish in the National Lacrosse Conference in 2009 and a semifinalist appearance the following season. The Titans also had nine players named to the NLC All-Conference Team, six All-Tournament selections and the 2009 NLC Attack Player of the Year.
Prior to her time at UDM, Gallagher was an assistant coach at Muhlenberg College from 2006-08. Joining the coaching staff in September of 2006, she helped the team to a 9-7 overall record in 2007 before the Mules posted a solid 11-5 record the following season. While with the Division III institution she was responsible for the development of the goalkeepers, recruitment efforts, the planning of practice and development of offensive sets.
Muhlenberg posted a record of 20-12 over those two years and qualified for the Centennial Conference Tournament in 2008 for the first time in program history. That season, the Mules also posted a team-record 11 wins and had a non-conference wins streak of 22 games through that campaign. They also placed five players on the All-Centennial Conference Team and had a North-South All-Star selection.
In addition to her college coaching experience, Gallagher also gained valuable international experience as she served as an assistant coach with the Haundenosaunee Under-19 World Team at the 2011World Cup in Hanover, Germany. In that role, she helped to develop and prepare the goalkeepers, plan team camps and practices and develop offensive and defensive strategies.
As a player, Gallagher competed for Washington College in Chestertown, Md. from 2003-06. While there, she helped lead the Shorewomen to a runner-up finish in the 2003 ECAC Regional Lacrosse Championship. She started at attack for two seasons and was voted team captain as a senior by her teammates.
A 2006 graduate of Washington College, Gallagher holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history and a minor in political science.
Lisa Beltramello was named the assistant coach in the summer of 2016 and is entering her first season at Tampa.
Beltramello joins the Spartans after a successful stint as the Homestead High School head coach in Mequon, Wisc. While with Homestead, Beltramello was responsible for teaching the fundamentals of the sport to 50 first-year players while also managing the day-to-day responsibilities of the sport.
Prior to coaching at Homestead High School, the Suffield, Conn. native taught overseas at the Benenden Boarding School in Cranbrook, U.K. Her duties at Benenden included teaching physical education while specializing in lacrosse for students ranging from 12-18 years old.
The former midfielder spent two seasons as the graduate assistant for Marquette, her alma mater. She earned her masters in professional studies with an emphasis in sports leadership. The Cum Laude student graduated with a dual undergraduate degree in secondary education and psychology and a minor in broad field social studies with a 3.65 cumulative grade-point-average.
She resides in Tampa, Fla.