July 6, 2010

Copelan Extends Contract with Fairfield

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn.
– Fairfield University Head Men's Lacrosse coach Andy Copelan has signed a new contract to coach the Stags through the 2015 season. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"Andy has shown great passion for Fairfield University and its ideals," said Director of Athletics Gene Doris, "and a commitment to excellence in the classroom and on the lacrosse field. Since his arrival on campus he has reenergized our men's lacrosse program and has elevated the Stags into the conversation at the national level. I believe that this contract rewards the efforts of Andy, his staff and student-athletes, and shows the support that the University is providing to aid him in the continued ascent of Stags lacrosse."

Since his arrival at Fairfield Copelan has led the Stags to 15 victories, including the first back-to-back winning seasons in over a decade. The Stags have finished in third place in the ECAC Lacrosse League – one of the top three conferences in the nation - in both of those campaigns. Under Copelan's tutelage, Fairfield has played an impressive national schedule – including a victory over 2010 national runner-up Notre Dame, when it was ranked third in the country – and the programs first-ever nationally televised game on ESPNU versus Denver as part of the ESPNU Warrior Classic.

"I am honored to be the men's lacrosse coach at Fairfield," said Copelan, "and am committed to building a program that the University, and our fans, can be proud of. "I wish to thank Father Von Arx, Mark Reed, Gene Doris and Pat Murphy for their commitment to me, my staff, and our program. Their support allows me to lay down roots here within the Fairfield community – at an institution, and in an area, that I love."

The Stags finished the 2010 season at 8-6 and ranked 25th in the nation in the RPI, after having been nationally ranked throughout the regular season. Fairfield posted a 4-3 mark in ECAC play and had five players selected to All-ECAC Teams following the campaign. The five all-conference selections equaled the total number of honorees the program had in its first four years as a member of the league. In addition Copelan has coached four Stags to selection in the annual USILA North-South Senior All-Star Game, while three have been selected in Major League Lacrosse drafts.

Copelan has now spent four seasons as a head coach, including a two-year stint as the youngest head coach in the nation, and has a career mark of 33-27.


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