Posted on February 26th, 2021



The sport of lacrosse, particularly at the collegiate level has a lot of turnover due to the growth of the game and the competitive nature of the athletic departments. Below are some notable coaching changes at the NCAA Division I Men's & Women's Lacrosse level of high profile coaching candidates and collegiate programs:


Division I Men's Lacrosse Coaching Changes:

  • Ryan Wellner, former Navy Associate Head Coach left to be the Defensive Coordinator at Notre Dame
  • John Crawley, former Colgate Assistant Coach hired as the Offensive Coordinator at Lehigh University
  • Dylan Sheridan, former Inaugural Cleveland State University Head Coach stepped down to take the Assistant Coach position at Ohio State University
  • Andy Whitley, former Fairfield Assistant Coach hired as the new Head Coach at Bellarmine
  • Gerry Byrne, former Notre Dame Assistant Coach has been hired as the new Head Coach at Harvard
  • Anthony Gilardi, former Towson Offensive Coordinator hired as the next Head Coach at Stony Brook
  • Chris Wojcik, former Harvard Head Coach forced out and is now the new Assistant Coach at Notre Dame
  • Joe Amplo, former Marquette Head Coach hired as the 8th Head Coach at the Naval Academy
  • Andrew Baxter, former Yale Associate Head Coach named as the new Head Coach at Fairfield University
  • Andrew Stimmel, former Yale Assistant Coach named Head Coach at Marquette
  • Rick Sowell forced out as Navy's Head Coach after a successful career rebuilding programs at Dartmouth, St John's & also at Stony Brook
  • Jim Nagle, forced out as the Stony Brook Head Coach


Division I Women's Lacrosse Coaching Changes:

  • Katie McConnell, reigning MAAC Coach of The Year at Manhattan named Head Coach at Lafayette
  • Alex Frank, former Colorado University Assistant Coach has been named Head Coach at Dartmouth
  • Emily Boissoneault, former JMU Assistant Coach named the 1st D1 Head Coach at Pittsburgh
  • Kathy Taylor, former Head Coach at LeMoyne hired as the new Head Coach at Colgate University
  • Melissa Lehman, former Upenn Assistant Coach named as the new Head Coach at Rutgers University
  • Kara Lupo, former Assistant Coach at Stanford University named Assistant Coach at Ohio State
  • Danielle Spencer, former Head Coach at Dartmouth named Head Coach at Stanford University
  • Tim McCormack, former Assistant Coach at Northwestern hired as the Head Coach at Arizona State
  • Amy Bokker, former Stanford Head Coach hired as the new Head Coach at Ohio State University
  • Amy Altig, former Penn State Assistant Coach for 9 years hired as the new Head Coach at Delaware
  • Laura Brand Sias, former Head Coach at Rutgers University stepped down



About the Author:

Tom Michaelsen played Division 1 lacrosse at St. John's University under Head Coach Rick Sowell for 2 years and then Jason Miller with assistant coaches Dan Chemottie (Richmond HC), Dan Paccione. Upon graduating in 2008, Michaelsen got drafted professionally into the MLL (42nd overall) and the NLL (24th overall).