Assistant will replace Griffiths at her alma mater
Jan. 10, 2013
What They're Saying
"Jennifer is an exceptional coach and Lafayette has chosen a person of the highest quality to lead the field hockey program. Aside from her strong history and connections with Lafayette, she brings excellent attention to detail to her coaching work. She understands the game well, and will be a great role model for the student-athletes on the team."
Andrew Griffiths - Head Field Hockey Coach, Old Dominion University
"Jennifer is the type of coach that can infuse the skills she had as a college and elite adult player with the knowledge she has gained as an assistant coach to be a global head coach. She is such a strong facilitator of all the skills needed to run a program and mold the best student-athletes at Lafayette. I have felt she could be a strong and well-composed head coach for a few years now and I am more than ecstatic to watch her take the nationally-ranked Leopards to another realm. I have enjoyed working with her and feel her level-headedness and preparation skills will always put Lafayette in a place to win every game they compete in. I am not looking forward to coaching against her program."
Becca Main -Head Field Hockey Coach, Quinnipiac University -NFHCA President
"I cannot even express how excited and happy I am that Jennifer is the new head field hockey coach at Lafayette. In my years here on College Hill, I have learned so much about Jennifer. She is one of the most hardworking, caring and compassionate individuals I know. Her knowledge of the game is incredible and her dedication to this team is something to be recognized. Personally, I feel I have become very close with Jennifer and trust her with anything, which is a unique quality that you don't find in all coaches. Aside from that, Jennifer was a standout at Lafayette and knows first-hand what it's like to be a student-athlete here, making her the perfect fit as head coach. No one is more deserving of this opportunity than Jennifer and I cannot wait to see what great things she does with this program."
Emily Valeo '13 -Midfielder and former co-captain, Lafayette Field Hockey
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette field hockey assistant coach Jennifer Stone '04 has been promoted to the head coach position, Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon announced Thursday. Stone served as assistant coach under Andrew Griffiths for the past six seasons.
"Our department mission and core values focus on the effective learning experience for student-athletes through competitive NCAA Division I athletics," said McCutcheon, who led a national search for Griffiths' replacement. "One could not find a better fit to carry out our mission than Jennifer Stone. Jennifer was side-by-side with Andrew Griffiths as they restored our hockey program to excellence. As an alum, an All-American student-athlete, an accomplished coach and USFHA High Performance team member, there is no better person to lead our field hockey team to even greater heights. She will set a standard that will make us all better."
The Lafayette field hockey team is coming off one of its best seasons ever, earning the first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in Patriot League history and securing its second straight Patriot League championship. The 2012 Patriot League Tournament and regular season champions fell to No. 5 Maryland in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, 2-0. The 2012 squad finished the season with a 17-3 record and went 7-0 in conference play.
"I'm thrilled to be able to take over the program and keep things moving forward," Stone said. "I'm in a great situation and Lafayette holds an incredibly special place in my heart. I played here for four years, coached here for the past six seasons and Lafayette means a whole lot more than just a hockey program or just a school. Lafayette has really shaped who I am and I'm just ecstatic to be able to keep things moving forward."
Throughout Stone's time at Lafayette, the program has continued to grow as she and Griffiths improved a 9-11 record in 2007 to a 14-6 record by 2009 and a 9-10 record in 2011 to a 17-3 mark this past season. In addition, Lafayette field hockey has been named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Academic Squad all six seasons.
Outside of Lafayette, Stone has served as the head coach and site director of the Futures Elite Academy Program for the U.S. Field Hockey Association (USFHA) since 2001. The program creates a selective program for 25 elite athletes for development on the Olympic level.
In addition to her work with the USFHA, Stone is also involved in a number of camps and clubs. She has been the Co-Director of the Lafayette College and Revolution Field Hockey Camps since 2007 and has worked as the Co-Director and head coach of the True North Field Hockey Club since 2010. Stone was also the director of Sneak Peek, a major recruiting event for the NFHCA, in Dec. 2011 and Jan. 2012.
The Newtown, Pa. native graduated from Lafayette in 2004 with Bachelor's degrees in Economics & Business and Art and earned her Master's degree in Sport and Recreation Management from Temple University in 2011. While playing for the Leopards, she received the Charles L. Albert Award in 2004, as the most outstanding senior female student-athlete at Lafayette. She was a STX/NFHCA National Second-Team All-America selection in 2003 and a STX/NFHCA Regional All-American First-Team selection in 2002 and 2003. On the league level, she was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year in 2003 and was on the All-Patriot League First Team in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
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