Amherst Names Jon Thompson New Head Lacrosse Coach

During his tenure at Colby, Thompson and his teams helped organize and implement four separate civic engagement fundraisers, during which more than $45,000 was raised for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and Alpha 1/25, a Maine-based Marine Corp Regiment fighting in Afghanistan.

Rising senior captain Gabe Mann and his teammates on the selection committee were very impressed with all the candidates brought to campus. "We could tell that Coach Thompson has the commitment and the passion to help push Amherst in the right direction towards competing for both the NESCAC and national championships immediately," said Mann on behalf of the student panel.

"Jon's winning attitude and intensity came across forcefully in the interview process," Coffey added. "I expect that he will make strong and lasting connections with our student-athletes and our terrifically supportive alumni."

"The process of the search for this position was very taxing for me and my family," said Thompson. "It was an incredibly hard decision for us, but in the end we decided that the goals, resources and the mission of Amherst and of the athletic department were too important to ignore. We love the feeling of being on the cutting edge of education. You are surrounded by that environment at Amherst and we are excited to help lead in that direction within the community as well as within the athletic department."

Thompson notes that his first order of business will be to get to know his new players. "I am eager to learn about the young men that make Amherst Lacrosse tick. This experience will be for me-as it will be for the young men who study and play at Amherst-about relationships. It will be about the relationships that we will develop, nurture and take pride in. Those relationships, those bonds, and our camaraderie will ultimately determine our success with our families, in the classroom, in the community, and surely on the lacrosse field."

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