In the fall of 2005, Stanford great Nina Pantano joined the UC Davis women's lacrosse coaching staff as Elaine Jones' top assistant. She enters her third season with the program.
Pantano wrapped up a stellar career with the Cardinal in 2005. She scored 29 goals, earned her third straight all-conference nod, was named MVP of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament, and was selected to participate in the North/South Senior All-Star Game as part of the STX Farewell Lacrosse Festival.
A four-year starter in the Cardinal midfield, Pantano finished with 107 career goals, becoming just the fifth player in school history to break the century mark. She also finished among all-time Stanford career leaders in games played (72), shots (255), draw controls (53) and caused turnovers (52). Additionally, Pantano twice was selected as her team's Most Valuable Midfielder and served as co-captain as a senior.
Pantano is no stranger to the Aggie lacrosse program. She scored a team-best five goals against the Aggies as a sophomore in the 2003 Mountain Pacific Lacrosse League semifinals, then added three against UC Davis in the 2004 MPSF semis.
Also an outstanding scholar-athlete, Pantano graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in economics last June. She twice made all-academic squads for the MPSF and the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, sporting a cumulative grade-point average of 3.587.
UC Davis represents the first collegiate coaching stop for the Wayne, Pa. native. However, Pantano's experience ranges from youth programs and numerous lacrosse camps in the Bay Area to three years with the junior varsity squad at her prep alma mater of Radnor High School.