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Palatino takes the reigns of the program at Curry following one season at Mount Ida College. During her lone season with the Mustangs, Palatino made history to tie program’s most wins since joining the Great Northeast Athletic Conference in 2007. She was involved in all facets of team development including academics, film breakdown, and cultural development among much more. In addition to her coaching duties, Palatino was the advisor of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Game Management.
She holds her Premier Diploma from United Soccer Coaches (Formerly NSCAA) and her E license from the USSF. Palatino was also selected into the United Soccer Coaches "30 Under 30" Program, a year-long education and mentorship opportunity for a select few up-and-comers who have made coaching their career of choice. The United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 Program is designed to give participants exposure to mentorship, and the opportunity to take advantage of educational offerings, such as diplomas and the United Soccer Coaches Convention.
Prior to Mount Ida, Palatino spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Connecticut College in New London, Conn. There she collaborated with the head coach of a highly competitive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) team in all aspects which included training sessions, recruiting, scouting, and the organization of camps and clinics. She helped make history again by contributing to the team’s and College’s first team sport NESCAC Championship. She assisted in developing a winning culture to earn two NCAA postseason appearances in three years.
During the summers, Palatino was involved in the operation of a number of clubs and clinics. From the fall of 2014 through December of 2016, she was the head coach of the Southeast Soccer Club in southeast Connecticut. There she mentored and prepared 18 players for collegiate soccer and led the team to the club’s first State Cup Championship. Palatino has assisted or ran camps and clinics at Brown University, Connecticut College, and Dartmouth College.
A resident of Johnston, R.I., Palatino possesses a bachelor's degree as a double major in Psychology and Environmental Studies from Connecticut College and later obtained a master’s in Psychology from Connecticut College in 2016. Her thesis titled "Soccer is so much more than a Ball, a Field, and a Net: The Relationship of Gender and the Role of the Coach in Sport Experience from the Coaches’, Players’, and Parents’ Perspectives" explored gender norms in sport as well as the influence of the coach in the lives of their student-athletes.
At Curry College, Palatino has made an immediate impact to the institution in her role as a coach, the Senior Woman Administrator and Game Administrator. Her team, also known as the "Colonel Troop Family", succeed both on and off the field in their competitiveness in the Commonwealth Coast Conference, in the classroom with the highest female sport team GPA, and in the community with various community engagement opportunities. Her focus on the development of people to be positive and inclusive role models and leaders. She implemented a "90 for 90 team study hall" in addition to the college study hall, out of season leadership development and training workshop, and the women's soccer team was the first team to officially have a faculty member mentor to represent the program, Dr. Jeanne Smith (Education Department).
Palatino also serves on various college campus committees and collaborates closely with the Title IX coordinator.
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