Amanda Belichick Named Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach
WORCESTER, Mass. – Amanda Belichick has been named the new head coach of the women's lacrosse program at the College of the Holy Cross as announced by director of athletics Nathan Pine. Belichick, who is the sixth head coach in program history, joins the Crusaders after spending the last two seasons as the head coach at Wesleyan University. She has also served as an assistant coach at Ohio State and UMass.
"I am pleased to welcome Amanda Belichick to Holy Cross as our head women's lacrosse coach," said Pine. "Coach Belichick has an impressive coaching background at multiple institutions, and she has played important roles in all facets of running top collegiate women's lacrosse programs. She has a track record of recruiting and developing talented student-athletes, and I am confident our program will thrive under her leadership."
"I am excited and honored to be the next women's lacrosse coach at Holy Cross," said Belichick. "I want to thank Nathan Pine, Joe Bertoletti and the entire search committee for this opportunity and for believing in my vision for the future of Holy Cross women's lacrosse. I look forward to building on the school's great tradition and working with the talented student-athletes in the program."
During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Belichick served as the head coach at her alma mater, Wesleyan University. She helped the Cardinals improve their national computer ranking from No. 49 in 2013 to as high as No. 17 in 2014, while facing schedules ranked in the top 20 in the nation in both 2014 and 2015.
Prior to her time at Wesleyan, Belichick spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio State, where she served as the recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator. The Buckeyes were consistently ranked in the top 20 throughout her tenure, reaching a high ranking of No. 10 twice during her time in Columbus. She coached three Tewaaraton Award nominees, four IWLCA All-Americans and 11 All-American Lacrosse Conference players. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 19 in the nation in scoring offense with 219 goals and 2.88 goals per game in 2012. Also in 2012 she coached Alayna Markwordt, who ranked third in the nation in points per game (5.29) and fifth in assists per game (2.88).
Previously, Belichick spent the 2010 season as an assistant coach at UMass, helping the Minutewomen win the Atlantic 10 Championship. She coached one U.S. National Team member, two IWLCA All-Americans and five All-Atlantic 10 players. She joined the UMass program after serving as head varsity girls' lacrosse coach at Choate Rosemary Hall for two years.
Belichick earned a degree in history from Wesleyan in 2007. She was a four-year letterwinner on the Cardinals' lacrosse team and was a team captain as a senior. Belichick tallied 47 goals and 25 assists for 72 points during her career, including a 52-point season in 2006.
Belichick is the daughter of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT BELICHICK
"Amanda is a great student of the game. She is extremely hard working and passionate about the sport of lacrosse. With her local ties to the area and her great eye for talent she is a perfect fit for Holy Cross." – Northwestern Head Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller (Nine-Time NCAA National Champion)
"I am extremely excited for Amanda to have this opportunity. Amanda is a hard worker and will be a great leader for Holy Cross. I am confident she will do a great job and will have great success." – Ohio State Head Coach Alexis Venechanos (Four-Time NCAA National Champion)
"I am so proud of Amanda for getting this opportunity. I had the chance to work with her for two years at UMass and not only do I think she is a hard worker but she is innovative, smart and competitive. She has a good eye for talent when it comes to recruiting and a creative style of coaching. I know she will excel at Holy Cross and I hope she will keep Boston College on her spring schedule." – Boston College Head Coach Acacia Walker (Three-Time NCAA National Champion)
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* All new coaching hires are contingent upon successful background checks.