ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 
Carla Gigon
Carla Gigon
Title: Assistant Coach
Email: cgigon@fas.harvard.edu
Alma Mater: Syracuse 2003
Experience: Fifth Season

Gigon, who served as a volunteer goalie coach for the Crimson in 2010, began her second full-time stint in 2011 after working as the coaching assistant/goalies coach for the Crimson for the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

Over the last four years with Gigon on staff, Harvard earned three Ivy League tournament appearances, including a trip to the championship game in 2011, four wins over top-20 teams, 20 All-Ivy League selections, an overall record of 31-31 and a 16-12 mark in the Ancient Eight.

In the spring of 2014, the Crimson returned to the Ivy League tournament after going 4-3 in conference play and 9-7 overall. Freshman Marisa Romeo led the conference in scoring with 48 goals.

During the 2013 season, Harvard posted a 2-1 record at home and earned four All-Ivy League selections. The Crimson ranked 19th in the nation with 13.57 draw controls per game, with Kyleigh Keating standing 28th among individuals (3.79).

In stark contrast to the previous season, Harvard's strength in 2012 laid in its defense. The Crimson finished the year ranked fourth in the NCAA in scoring defense (7.81) while freshman goalkeeper Kelly Weis '15 posted the third-best goals against average (7.63) and 14th-best save percentage (.474) in the country. Harvard held 12 of its 16 opponents to under 10 goals, while five opponents scored five or fewer goals. As a result, seven Crimson were named to the All-Ivy League teams, including unanimous first team selection Ellen Gleason '12, representing the most All-Ivy picks for the team since 1990.

Harvard posted its best overall (10-6) and conference (4-2) records since 1994 in 2011. The Crimson advanced to the Ivy League Championship game after knocking off No. 10 Dartmouth in the semifinal game. Harvard handed Princeton a lost on its home turf for the first time since 1991. The win over the Tigers also marked the first back-to-back wins over Princeton since 1991-92. Harvard also picked up its first win over the Big Green since 1994. The Crimson made five second-half comeback wins and fell in three others by a single goal. Five Crimson players earned a spot on the All-Ivy League teams and three were named All-Northeast region.

From 2004-11 Gigon coached the Mass Elite Lacrosse Club, coaching teams at practices, local and national recruiting tournaments. Gigon has also coached at numerous camps since graduating from Syracuse in 2003.

Gigon was a two-sport athlete for the Orangewomen, playing goalie for both the lacrosse and soccer teams. She was named second-team all-region as a senior. She served as a captain as a senior and helped her team to four NCAA tournament appearances and three runner-up finishes at the Big East tournament. She graduated with the most saves in school history (475) and with four of the top-five single-season save marks.