Greg Raymond Named New Lacrosse Head Coach at Hobart

Hobart and William Smith Colleges announced today that Greg Raymond, the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Princeton University, has been hired as head coach of the Hobart lacrosse team.

"After a comprehensive national search, it was clear that Coach Raymond possesses a passion for the game, an ability to connect with and motivate student-athletes, and an understanding and respect for the tradition of Hobart lacrosse," says Hobart and William Smith President Mark D. Gearan. "Just as importantly, he clearly comprehends the importance of academics in the lives of our student-athletes, an understanding that will enable him to have great success with the program."

In four years at Princeton, Raymond's defense has ranked first or second in the Ivy League three times and twice led the conference in man-down defense. Princeton won the Ivy League and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament in 2010 and 2012. The Tigers achieved their highest national statistical ranking in 2012, climbing to No. 6 in scoring defense, allowing just 7.25 goals per game, and No. 2 in man-down defense, killing off 85 percent of the opposition's man-up opportunities.. Princeton won the Ivy League and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament in 2010 and 2012. The Tigers achieved its highest national statistical ranking in 2012, climbing to No. 6 in scoring defense, allowing just 7.25 goals per game, and No. 2 in man-down defense, killing off 85 percent of the opposition's man-up opportunities.

"It became apparent through the interview process that in addition to having the tools necessary to teach the game, he is also able to clearly articulate the value of a Hobart education to the highest caliber of student-athlete," says Vice President for Student Affairs Robb Flowers. "He is a great communicator who will build lasting relationships with our students and passionate fan base."

Raymond will be the 19th man to lead the Hobart lacrosse program when the Statesmen step on the field in 2014.

"From his foundation at Corning East High School to leading his college team to a Division I title and from working under some of the very best in college coaching to coordinating one of Division I's top defenses, Greg Raymond is the perfect fit for Hobart College and our lacrosse program," says Hobart Director of Athletics Mike Hanna '68. "Along with the Hobart lacrosse student-athletes and Hobart coaches who assisted in the interviewing process, I'm extremely excited about the energy, discipline, teamwork and recruiting experience Coach Raymond will bring to the program and to Hobart Athletics."

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Richard Salter '86, who served on the selection committee and is the Hobart Lacrosse Faculty-Athletes Fellow agrees: "Coach Raymond conveys a tremendous energy and love of the sport of lacrosse. I got a sense from our conversations that he was born to coach. He conveys excitement and potential and impressed me as a true teacher and coach."

Over the past four seasons, Raymond has mentored nine All-Americans and nine All-Ivy League student-athletes.

"I'm deeply honored to be chosen to lead the Hobart lacrosse program," said Raymond. "Everything from the championship tradition, to the exceptional facilities, the dedicated student-athletes, and the picturesque campus has me excited. I look forward to working with the team as we write the next chapter in the rich history of Hobart lacrosse."

Raymond spent the 2008-09 academic year serving as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Drexel University. He helped the Dragons earn a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament thanks in part to a 9-8 win over nationally ranked Villanova. Raymond coached the league's Rookie of the Year, goalie Mark Manos, who is currently a member of the MLL's Charlotte Hounds' practice squad.

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2013-07-12



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