Caitlin Erickson Named Head Coach at Randolph-Macon

ASHLAND, VA Randolph-Macon Director of Athletics Jeff Burns announced on Wednesday that former University of Mary Washington All-American Caitlin Erickson has been named the new head women's lacrosse coach.

Erickson arrives in Ashland after a two-year stint as an assistant coach with her alma mater. Erickson helped lead the Eagles to 28 wins over her two years on the sidelines in Fredericksburg. The 2009 squad won the Capital Athletic Conference Championship, advanced to the third-round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the season ranked 12th in the Nation.

In 2008, UMW posted 14 wins, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and was ranked 18th in the Nation at the close of the season.

"I believe Caitlin is a perfect fit for the lacrosse program and the R-MC community as a whole," said Burns. "Her success on the field and in the classroom, as well as her experience as an assistant under UMW Head Coach, Dana Hall, will prove to be vital as she looks to lead the program to an ODAC title, the NCAA Tournament and most importantly, producing positive experiences and quality student-athletes here at Randolph-Macon."

Erickson was involved in all aspects of the UMW program, including on the field instruction as well as practice preparation. Erickson also spearheaded all recruiting efforts for Mary Washington as well as organizing the team's strength and conditioning program and fundraising efforts.

Erickson joined Dana Hall's staff in 2008 after completing one of the most brilliant careers in school history. She is the Mary Washington career leader in points (303) and assists (124), while being the single season record holder in points with 143, and assists with 81. Erickson also holds single game records for assists (10) and points (14).

"I'm extremely honored to be the next women's lacrosse coach at Randolph-Macon College," said Erickson. "I want to thank President Lindgren, Provost Franz and Director of Athletics Jeff Burns for giving me this opportunity. I would also like to thank Mary Washington head coach, Dana Hall, for first teaching and mentoring me as a player and then as a coach. R-MC has a rich tradition and I am very excited to be a part of the future of the women's lacrosse program."

A two-time All-CAC choice and All-Region selection, Erickson was a consensus All-American in 2008 after she led the nation in assists per game and points per game as a senior, breaking the NCAA Division III record for points per game with 7.94. Erickson helped UMW to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007.

In addition to her lacrosse duties, Erickson also served as an assistant coach for the field hockey program since 2008. The Eagles have won 34 games in her two plus seasons.

Originally from Texas, Erickson graduated from Mary Washington with a degree in business administration and is currently pursuing her MBA at her alma mater.

Erickson will inherit a Jackets team that went 8-6 in 2009 and advanced to the ODAC Tournament Semifinals.

2010-10-20



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