"I just carried some of these [offensive] ideas over to college [from Bethlehem], and the kids have been able to take those ideas and make them work," said Battaglino.
Battaglino added that what he's done in creating high-scoring offenses is nothing innovative. "You just set them up to build on their strengths," he said. "I call it rearranging furniture. When you first move into a house, you keep moving things around until they become more functional. That's what I've done."
Among the players that Battaglino has turned into collegiate scoring machines are Bethlehem graduates Katie Rowan and Halley Quillinan, who helped Syracuse reach the 2008 NCAA Final Four, as well as Guilderland grad Kayla Best and Shenendehowa grad Olivia Jarem, who combined for 67 goals in their senior seasons at UAlbany.
Though Battaglino has deep connections to Section II, he said he will cast a wide net to find players to bring to UAlbany.
"I'm going to get the best players I can, whether they are from here, Long Island, Syracuse or out of the state," said Battaglino.
The team that's already in place at UAlbany should be competitive within America East again. Several key players from this season's league championship squad are scheduled to return in 2011 including leading scorer Taylor Frink and Division I All-American midfielder Nikki Branchini.
"I have to see what we've got," said Battaglino. "We might be a little more of a ball control team next year.""