Lauren "Money" Molinaro joined the Islanders family in March 2012 as the program’s first assistant coach. She will play a major role in recruiting and scheduling for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Soccer as the program gears up for its debut in 2013.
Most recently, Molinaro served as the head coach of the New England Mutiny of the Women’s Professional Soccer League, a position she has held since 2010. She was also the team’s summer camp director and an assistant coach for Manchester (Conn.) High School.
In addition to her professional experience, Molinaro spent three years as an assistant coach for the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I. There, she developed and implemented technical team training as well as individual player development sessions for her teams. She also served as a national recruiter for the Rams as well as coordinating team travel and scheduling along with fundraising activities.
In her three seasons at URI, the Rams had nine Atlantic 10 All-Conference selections, including four honorees to the league’s All-Rookie Team. Among those was 2007 Rookie of the Year Jessica Babice. The 2006 Rams also set a school record with six players honored by the A-10.
Molinaro has also spent significant time working on the club and Olympic Development Program levels. She served as a Region I ODP staff coach from 2004-06, then joined the Rhode Island ODP staff from 2007-09. The native of Ellicott City, Md., served as the head coach of the Eagle Elite U-17/U-18 Program from 2004-06 and was an assistant for Fortuna Rhode Island from 2006-09.
Molinaro played four years for the University of Connecticut, serving as the team captain in the 2000 season. She was also a standout off the field, earning a Scholar-Athlete Award in each of her four seasons and being named the Outstanding Senior Scholar-Athlete in 2000. She was a member of the Dean’s List every semester at UConn and earned recognition as a Scholar-Athlete All-American in 2000. Following her collegiate career, she was one of the top draft picks for the Bay Area Cyber Rays of the Women’s United Soccer Association.
Following her playing career, she spent the 2001-02 season as a graduate assistant coach at her alma mater. She holds both bachelor’s (2001) and master’s degrees (2002) from Connecticut in education.