Southern Vermont College Athletics Hires Otero to Head Newly-Formed Women's Lacrosse Program
May 9, 2014
Southern Vermont College Director of Athletics Michael McDonough announced the appointment of Thomas L. Otero as the head coach of the College’s recently-established women’s lacrosse program.
Otero comes to SVC from nearby Mount Anthony Union High School where he has been the varsity girls’ lacrosse coach since 2001. In his tenure at MAU, Otero led the Patriots to the 2009 and 2010 Division I Vermont State Championships, winning the title in their second trip. Otero has also spent time coaching varsity football and baseball at Mount Anthony while teaching physical education and health at the High School for the past 28 years.
“I’m looking forward to creating a competitive women’s lacrosse program here at Southern Vt.,” commented Otero. “I’m very excited about the opportunity, and I’m anxious to get the recruiting process going and get prospective student-athletes on campus to see the College and meet other players.”
A 1976 graduate from Norwich University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Education and a minor in Health, Otero spent time working in law enforcement after graduating from the Vermont State Police Academy in 1980. Otero worked for the Bennington Police Department for 10 years, retiring as a sergeant, and he has been an American Red Cross First Aid & CPR/AED instructor since 1974. Taking the reins of the SVC women’s lacrosse team marks Otero’s second stint working at Southern Vt. as he was an adjunct faculty professor in the College’s criminal justice program for eight years starting in 1985.
“The addition of women's lacrosse has brought excitement to our campus,” said McDonough, “And we are fortunate to have Tom to lead the program. He brings experience, knowledge and a track record of success that will serve our student-athletes well.”
A three-year letter winner for the Cadets while at NU, Otero also brings to SVC a US Lacrosse Level 2 coaching certification with a Level 3 certification pending. He served as the head coach for the Vermont-New Hampshire Senior Lacrosse All-Star Game in 2004 and 2013, and he also coached the Vermont Rising Stars Game on four separate occasions.
“I focus on skills, techniques and discipline,” continued Otero, “And I’m a great proponent of the history of the game and its culture for women’s lacrosse. I hope to make a positive impact on the College and athletic community here at SVC.”
Taking over the newly-formed program, Otero will begin recruiting his squad for the 2015 season with the Mountaineers slated to begin their official participation in the New England Collegiate Conference in 2016.
Michelle Deal, Assistant Professor, The Hunter Division of Humanities