Amanda Belichick Named UMass Lacrosse Assistant Coach

AMHERST, Mass. - Amanda Belichick has been named an assistant coach for the University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team as announced by head coach Alexis Venechanos. Belichick will primarily work with UMass' midfielders and be responsible for daily operations, scouting, and recruiting.

"Amanda is a perfect fit for what UMass lacrosse embodies as she is an extremely hard worker and very passionate about the program," said Venechanos. "She brings a unique coaching and playing background which will compliment the rest of the coaching staff. Serving as a high school head coach and her involvement on the high school club scene, she an invaluable addition to the program. We are delighted to have her at UMass."

She joins UMass after serving as head lacrosse coach at Choate Rosemary Hall for the past two years. Along with her coaching responsibilities, she worked in the admissions office of Choate and was the Girls Athletic Liaison. Belichick, the daughter of New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, also served as an assistant coach for the varsity soccer team and the junior varsity ice hockey team.

A native of Weston, Mass., Belichick, 24, has worked several lacrosse camps throughout the country including Amonte Sports Camp and The Lacrosse School. At the club level, she served as coach of the Nor'Easter Lacrosse Team and Revolution Lacrosse.

A 2007 graduate of Wesleyan University, Belichick was a co-captain for the Cardinals as a senior. During her junior year of 2006, she became just the second player in program history to scoring over 50 points in a season (33g, 19a) as an attack.

UMass is coming off one of its most successful seasons in program history after advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1984. The Minutewomen also captured the 2009 Atlantic 10 Tournament and Regular-Season championship titles. Rising junior Jackie Lyons was named to the U.S. Developmental Team and will return as one of the top players in the league this season. In all, UMass returns nine of 12 starters from last season.

2009-08-26



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