Jan. 10, 2013
From Lafayette Athletic Communications
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette field hockey assistant coach Jennifer Stone has been promoted to the head coach position, Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon announced Thursday. Stone served as assistant coach under Andrew Griffiths for the past six seasons.
"Our department mission and core values focus on the effective learning experience for student-athletes through competitive NCAA Division I athletics," said McCutcheon, who led a national search for Griffiths' replacement. "One could not find a better fit to carry out our mission than Jennifer Stone. Jennifer was side-by-side with Andrew Griffiths as they restored our hockey program to excellence. As an alum, an All-American student-athlete, an accomplished coach and USFHA High Performance team member, there is no better person to lead our field hockey team to even greater heights. She will set a standard that will make us all better."
The Lafayette field hockey team is coming off one of its best seasons ever, earning the first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in Patriot League history and securing its second straight Patriot League championship. The 2012 Patriot League Tournament and regular season champions fell to No. 5 Maryland in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, 2-0. The 2012 squad finished the season with a 17-3 record and went 7-0 in conference play.
"I'm thrilled to be able to take over the program and keep things moving forward," Stone said. "I'm in a great situation and Lafayette holds an incredibly special place in my heart. I played here for four years, coached here for the past six seasons and Lafayette means a whole lot more than just a hockey program or just a school. Lafayette has really shaped who I am and I'm just ecstatic to be able to keep things moving forward."
Throughout Stone's time at Lafayette, the program has continued to grow as she and Griffiths improved a 9-11 record in 2007 to a 14-6 record by 2009 and a 9-10 record in 2011 to a 17-3 mark this past season. In addition, Lafayette field hockey has been named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Academic Squad all six seasons.
Outside of Lafayette, Stone has served as the head coach and site director of the Futures Elite Academy Program for the U.S. Field Hockey Association (USFHA) since 2001. The program creates a selective program for 25 elite athletes for development on the Olympic level.
In addition to her work with the USFHA, Stone is also involved in a number of camps and clubs. She has been the Co-Director of the Lafayette College and Revolution Field Hockey Camps since 2007 and has worked as the Co-Director and head coach of the True North Field Hockey Club since 2010. Stone was also the director of Sneak Peek, a major recruiting event for the NFHCA, in Dec. 2011 and Jan. 2012.
The Newtown, Pa. native graduated from Lafayette in 2004 with Bachelor's degrees in Economics & Business and Art and earned her Master's degree in Sport and Recreation Management from Temple University in 2011. While playing for the Leopards, she received the Charles L. Albert Award in 2004, as the most outstanding senior female student-athlete at Lafayette. She was a STX/NFHCA National Second-Team All-America selection in 2003 and a STX/NFHCA Regional All-American First-Team selection in 2002 and 2003. On the league level, she was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year in 2003 and was on the All-Patriot League First Team in 2001, 2002 and 2003.