PINTA returned as the head coach after three years
as the head coach of Hastings Middle School in Upper
Arlington, Ohio. While at Hastings, she grew the program
from 18 to 52 players. Coach Pinta has been involved
in coaching and playing high school lacrosse for over
30 years. Coach Pinta starting playing lacrosse in
1983 as a defender on Thomas Worthington High School's
team. In 1985 she helped Worthington to a title when
they won the Midwest Schoolgirl's Lacrosse Association
Championship. She continued to play lacrosse at The
Ohio State University from 1987-1992. While there,
she was selected to the Collegiate Midwest Team #1
that competed at the National Tournament in 1989.
Between 1987 and 1990 she coached the junior varsity
team at Thomas Worthington under the direction of
1991 Coach Pinta began her coaching career at Upper
Arlington High School at the junior varsity level.
In 1992 she assumed the head coaching position. Under
her direction, the varsity squad made eight appearances
in the Midwest Tournament. The Golden Bears went on
to win state titles in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2013, 2015,
and 2016. Additionally, 2013 marked the Golden Bears'
9th consecutive Regional Championship win. During
her high school coaching career she has amassed a
record of 241-81-8, having earned the first-ever OCC
Coach of the Year Award in lacrosse for the 2007 season.
That same year she was also honored by the Ohio Schoolgirls
Lacrosse Association for her 16+ years of service.
During her tenure as head coach she served on the
National Scholastic All-American and Academic All-American
Selection Committees and was a board member of the
Ohio Schoolgirl's Lacrosse Association. Currently,
she serves as the Ohio State Lacrosse Coaches' Association
Secretary. In 2009 Coach Pinta was inducted into US
Lacrosse's "Century Club" which was established
to recognize high school coaches of girls lacrosse
who have achieved significant levels of varsity wins
in their coaching careers. In the same year, she was
also inducted into the Ohio
Lacrosse Hall of Fame for her many contributions
to the game.
addition to her high school coaching, Coach Pinta
also was instrumental in founding and organizing both
the Jones and Hastings middle school lacrosse programs
as well as the Upper
Arlington Lacrosse Association, which provides
youth lacrosse programs and clinics for elementary
Pinta also co-founded the Ohio Middle School Girls
Lacrosse Association with Laurie Johnson in 1994.
More recently, Coach Pinta was the founder and head
coach of the Midwestern
Force Lacrosse Club, a position she resigned from
in June, 2011. During
her five years as head coach of MFL, Coach Pinta helped
transition more than 200 players to the collegiate
currently is the director of the Lady
Bears Lacrosse Camp, which provides instruction
to kindergarten-high school players during the summer.
Coach Pinta also spent four years coaching her daughter's
UALA youth team.
Pinta teaches physical science and honors science
research at Upper Arlington High School. She is the
mother to two children: David (age 16) and Clara (age
14), who attend Upper Arlington High School.