Sept. 30, 2008
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (September 30, 2008) - Sacred Heart University head women's lacrosse coach Laura Cook announced the hiring of Alaina Andersen as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2009 season. She will assist with coaching the Pioneer defense including the goalkeepers as well as assisting with practice and game preparations and recruiting.
Andersen comes to Sacred Heart after a season as the head coach of the girl's lacrosse program at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Virginia. While in charge of the day to day operations of the lacrosse program, Andersen helped turn around a VES program that went 2-15 in 2007 to a 10-8 record last spring. For her efforts, Andersen was named the Coach of the Year.
After a standout playing career at Oneonta State College, Andersen first gained coaching experience as an assistant coach at Lynchburg College. While on staff for the 2005 through 2007 seasons, Andersen assisted with the day-to-day operations including recruiting, defensive strategy, full field press for midfield and attack and scheduling. She also developed an in-season and off-season lifting and conditioning program. She helped lead her team to the three-straight appearances in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament while coaching six OCAC All-Conference players.
While at Lynchburg, she also served in an intern position within the Office of Wellness Education. She helped develop a new health program, "Healthy 4 Life", focused on healthy eating, as well as providing individual counseling for students and co-led the PACE awareness group to train students on how to handle drinking on campus.
As a student-athlete at Oneonta State, Andersen was a three-year starter. She led the team in ground balls and was the team's second leading scorer in 2003. She guided her team to the SUNYAC Playoffs in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and advancing to the championship game her sophomore and junior seasons.