Dec. 17, 2012
EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette field hockey head coach Andrew Griffiths has accepted the same position at Old Dominion University, it was announced Monday. Griffiths led the Leopards to their second consecutive Patriot League Tournament title in 2012, finishing the year with a record of 17-3.
Lafayette assistant coach Jennifer Stone has been named the interim head coach for the Leopards. Stone, a standout on College Hill from 2000-2003, has been Griffiths’ top assistant for the past six years. A national search has begun for Griffiths’ replacement.
Griffiths earned multiple coaching awards in his final season with the Maroon and White. Synapse Sports named him the Division I National Coach of the Year, while the NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) honored him with All-Mideast Region Coach of the Year accolades. Additionally, he was named Patriot League Coach of the Year after capturing the Patriot League regular-season championship and his second consecutive Patriot League Tournament crown.
The 17-3 record this past fall was good enough to earn the first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in Patriot League history. Lafayette’s historic run ended in a 2-0 loss to No. 6 Maryland on Nov. 10.
“Andrew is a great coach and did an outstanding job at Lafayette,” Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruch McCutcheon said. “We are certainly going to miss him and wish him the best of luck in the future.”
Griffiths went 72-46 in the first six years of his head coaching career at Lafayette and takes over an Old Dominion squad that is annually ranked in the Top 25. He will take over for Beth Anders, who retired at the completion of the 2012 season after 30 years with the Monarchs.
"I have had a truly outstanding experience here at Lafayette over the last six years,” Griffiths said. “I have had the chance to work with some incredible student-athletes, who have accomplished impressive things on and off the field, both academically and in their other pursuits. I am grateful to Bruce McCutcheon and Lafayette for giving me the opportunity to be a head coach here, and I know that the team will go on to further successes under new leadership."