Burhans Named New Head Lacrosse Coach at Manhattanville

PURCHASE, N.Y. – Following six years as a Division I player and coach, Courtney Burhans has been selected to take over as head women's lacrosse coach at Manhattanville College, Director of Athletics Keith Levinthal announced on Wednesday.

"I would like to thank Keith and the Athletic Department for the opportunity to lead this program," Burhans said. "It is an honor to work at a place like Manhattanville where both academic and athletic success are valued. I am excited to begin work with the girls and look forward to leading the team to the top of the Freedom Conference."

"We are happy to have Courtney as the next coach of our women's lacrosse program," Levinthal said. "I was impressed with her tremendous enthusiasm that she showed toward Manhattanville and am confident she will parlay that into success on the field. She brings Division I experience as a player and coach, and that knowledge will translate well to her players."

Burhans comes to Manhattanville after one season at nearby Manhattan College, where she served as defensive coordinator, goalie coach and strength & conditioning coach for the Division I Jaspers. In her role with the team, she managed the team's budget, assisted in the recruiting of potential student-athletes, implemented a strength & conditioning regiment for the program, and also played a role in scouting and game and practice management.

Previously, she worked for one year with another local Division I program, Stony Brook University, where she also served as defensive coordinator and goalie coach with the Seawolves. In her role, she mentored the America East Conference's first-team netminder and five All-Conference honorees overall.

Burhans also brings Division I experience playing experience to Purchase, as she is a four-year letterwinner for Loyola (Md.) University. As a netminder for the Greyhounds, she was named a team captain as both a junior and a senior and helped the squad earn a berth in the Big East Conference Tournament for the first time in 2010.

A native of Bayville, N.Y., Burhans graduated from Loyola in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in communications and business.

Burhans and the Valiants will start the 2013 season on February 27, when the squad hosts Division II Saint Thomas Aquinas College beginning at 4:00 p.m. at GoValiants.com Field.

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RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan women's lacrosse assistant coach Courtney Burhans as accepted the head coaching position at Manhattanville after one season with the Jaspers. It is the first head coaching job in her career after spending two years as an assistant with two schools.

Last year, Burhans was defensive coordinator, goalie coach and strength & conditioning coach for the Jaspers and helped guide freshman goalkeeper Christina Fiorinelli to an NCAA best 3.79 ground balls per game.

“Courtney was a tremendous asset to the Manhattan women's lacrosse program,” said Jaspers head coach Diane Haddeland. “We are sad to see her go but very excited for the opportunity to see her as a head coach. I have no doubt that Courtney will excel in this position. She will be a valuable person to the students, faculty and members of the Manhattanville Community.”

The Valiants are a Division III program located in Purchase, N.Y. and are a member of the Freedom Conference. Last year the team advanced to the conference semifinals before being eliminated by FDU-Florham.

Prior to joining Manhattan she served as an assistant at Stony Brook University, again working with the defensive units. Burhans was a standout goalkeeper in her own right at Loyola (Md.) where she played from 2007-10.

A nationwide search to fill the position will begin immediately.

2012-08-29



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