A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Marissa Giannerini has been involved in lacrosse for over 20 years. She is a high school graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory school in Towson, Maryland, which has been recognized as one of the top high school programs in the country. She helped them to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference Championship in 2001. Giannerini continued her career at Rutgers University, receiving an athletic scholarship following her graduation, and completed her collegiate lacrosse career at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
While attending Rollins, Giannerini served as a captain for two years and contributed to helping a new collegiate program grow into a national contender in a short time. Giannerini became the first collegiate All-American lacrosse player in the state of Florida, receiving that recognition after her first season at Rollins. Giannerini finished her career at Rollins serving as a 3-time IWLCA All-American selection, 3-time First Team All-South Region selection, a Nike/Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week, and a 3-time member of the Academic Honor Squad. Giannerini is the all-time record holder at Rollins in goals per game, shots per game, and shots on goal per game. She is second on the record board for points, goals, game-winning goals, shots attempted, shots on goal, and free-position shots. Giannerini graduated from Rollins with a psychology degree and a minor in international business. Following her undergraduate work, Giannerini continued at Rollins and received a master's degree in human resource management.
Giannerini has been coaching the game of lacrosse for over 12 years and as held positions at the high school, club and collegiate levels. Following her playing career, she decided to stay at her alma mater and work as a graduate assistant coach under head coach Dennis Short and assistant coach Tom Kienle in 2012. While coaching at Rollins, she helped the squad garner their first NCAA national semifinal appearance in program history as the No. 1 seed, while ranked No. 1 in the South Region and No. 2 in the country. While working at Rollins during the 2012 season, she helped coach an IWLCA Defender of the Year, South Region Midfielder of the year and South Region Goalie of the Year. Giannerini also coached five IWLCA All-Americans, six All-South Region Team selections, and an All-Rookie Team selection. She feels grateful for the mentoring and guidance of Coach Short and Coach Kienle and the opportunity to not only play for them but also coach under two of the best teachers in the game.
Following the completion of her master's degree, Giannerini returned home to her roots in Baltimore and took the position of the first assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Maryland. She was excited about the opportunity to coach under and learn from Kathy Railey, a U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee and one of the winningest coaches in Division III lacrosse. While at Stevenson, Giannerini was responsible for recruiting and the coaching of the offense, goalies and the draw specialist team. She helped the Stevenson lacrosse team win the MAC Commonwealth Conference Championship in 2014, leading to an NCAA postseason appearance for the first time in program history. The team ended their season ranked 19th in the country. Giannerini helped coach two all-region team selections and five all- conference team selections.
Giannerini came to Oglethorpe University in November 2015 as the second head coach in the history of the program and is now going into her second season. She inherited a young and growing program which is exactly what her college playing and coaching experience had prepared her for. During her first season as head coach, the Oglethorpe women’s lacrosse team received their first win in two years and placed two players on the all-conference team for the first time ever. She is enthusiastic about developing a winning culture both on and off the field and is passionate about her team, their potential and their growth into a contender in the South.
Giannerini currently resides in Brookhaven, Georgia, and lives with her dog, Lady.