Fairfield Promotes Whitley to Assistant Coach
from press release
Fairfield University head men's lacrosse coach Andy Copelan announced that Andy Whitley has been promoted to assistant coach, after serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the past three seasons. In his new capacity, Whitley will now have responsibilities that include goalkeeper coach, recruiting, and travel coordination, while maintaining his duties as the Stags face-off coach.
"I've enjoyed working with Andy over the course of the past three seasons and am excited to promote him to a full time assistant," Copelan said. "He has demonstrated an ability to coach at the highest level and he has a clear passion for Fairfield lacrosse."
Whitley fills the coaching position vacated by Tony Vallance, who was with the program for five seasons, who left to pursue other professional ventures.
"I would also like to publicly thank Tony Vallance for his contributions to our program," said Copelan. "He is a fantastic person, coach and friend. We wish him and his wife Alison all the best with their future endeavors."
Whitley came to Fairfield for the 2009 season, after serving as an assistant coach at Yale for three seasons, where he worked with the goalkeepers and defense. In 2012 he coached the Stags to sixth in the NCAA with a win percentage of 58.2 percent at the face-off X. Michael Roe finished the year seventh in the nation with a .608 face-off win percentage, the fifth-best in a single-season in program history. In his first season at Fairfield, 2010, Whitley coached Stephen Golmont to 10th on the program's face-off win and face-off win percentage single-season lists.
Whitley began his coaching career in 1997 at Wesleyan as the defensive coordinator. In that time the Cardinal defeated four top-20 teams and appeared in two ECAC Tournaments. Whitley also spent three seasons as an assistant coach at The Hopkins School in New Haven, Conn.
Whitley earned a pair of varsity letters at Franklin and Marshall College, helping the squad to the schools third-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 1995. He was a two-time All-Centennial Conference selection as a goalkeeper and graduated in the top-25 in saves percentage, goals against average and career saves. Whitley played two seasons at Alfred University, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in each of those seasons. Whitley graduated from Franklin and Marshall in 1996 with a B.A. in Sociology.
The Stags are coming off one of the program's best seasons, which included a program-best 12-4 record and second consecutive berth in the ECAC Lacrosse League Championship title game.