Former JHU Capt. Brianna Cronin Joins Oberlin Lacrosse Staff

Oberlin, Ohio - Oberlin College head women's lacrosse coach Jacqueline McDevitt has announced the hiring of former Johns Hopkins captain Brianna Cronin as her new assistant coach.

"I am extremely excited to welcome Brianna to the Oberlin lacrosse family," McDevitt said. "From the moment I met her I knew she was the spark that we've been looking for. Brianna's enthusiasm, drive and passion for teaching a sport she loves are evident in everything she does."

A 2011 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Cronin was a starting Midfielder and four-year varsity letterman for the Blue Jays. She served as team captain for two seasons and helped lead her team to four successful seasons in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC). The ALC, where Cronin made the Academic Honor Roll, is one of the most competitive NCAA Division I conferences in the country which includes perennial powers Northwestern and The University of Florida.

"I believe her student-athlete experience as a two-year captain in one of the toughest Division I lacrosse conferences in the nation coupled with the high academic standards of John Hopkins is what makes her a perfect fit for the position," McDevitt added. "There's no doubt that she will be a great role model for our players both on and off the field. I am looking forward to working with Brianna as we foster our championship culture and elevate Yeowomen Lacrosse to new heights."

In her career with the Blue Jays, Cronin scored 47 goals and played in 59 games, starting all 17 games in her senior season.

Cronin comes to Oberlin after a successful season as the head coach at her high school alma mater, Arlington High School (Massachusetts). During her first season, the Spy Ponders posted 12 wins and a tournament appearance, after having just two wins the previous season.

"I am thrilled to work with such a highly motivated and talented group of young women," Cronin said. "I expect to use my experience from Hopkins to impart a sense of enthusiasm, hard work and love of the game to this Oberlin squad. I would like to thank the staff at Oberlin, more specifically, Interim Athletic Director, Natalie Winkelfoos, and Coach McDevitt, for believing in me and giving me a chance to become part of a great college team. It is a wonderful opportunity at the beginning of my career to be able to work with and learn from people as passionate and goal oriented as the staff at Oberlin. After last year's great season, I'm very lucky to be part of such a vibrant program."

Cronin has an extensive background in coaching, clinics, and instructional camps. She has spent several years coaching Johns Hopkins camps and operating clinics for youth lacrosse programs. She most recently was selected as the Head Coach of the Metro Boston entry in the Massachusetts Bay State Games.

Cronin also has experience as an exercise and personal trainer, and has developed strength and conditioning programs for competitive athletes.

As a high school player, Cronin was a three-sport athlete, who was recruited in ice hockey and lacrosse. She was selected to be All-State in two sports and decided to pursue lacrosse in college.

Cronin earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from Johns Hopkins in 2011.

2012-09-13



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