Andrea Cofrin Joins Phillips’ Coaching Staff

Andrea Cofrin. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Andrea Cofrin. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

New Assistant Brings Nine Years of Head Coaching Experience

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Andrea Cofrin, who led Saint Anselm to its first NCAA Tournament appearance last season, has joined the Yale women's lacrosse staff as an assistant coach. Anne Phillips, Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse, made the announcement Thursday.

"I am excited to have Andrea Cofrin join the Yale lacrosse program as our assistant women's lacrosse coach," said Phillips. "Andrea does a great job of developing and mentoring student-athletes. She is a tireless recruiter who brings a wealth of knowledge and vast experience to our program -- as a player, assistant coach and head coach. Andrea's energy and passion for the game will be a welcomed addition and I look forward to having her meet our team, recruits and alumni."

Cofrin brings nine years of head coaching experience to her new role -- including one year at Saint Anselm, five years at Siena, two years at Lees-McRae College and one year at the University of Dallas. She has also served as an assistant coach for one year at Siena and one year at Oneonta State, and she spent more than three years as co-director and co-owner of the travel program ADK Lacrosse.

Last year Cofrin led Saint Anselm to a 13-4 record, the best in program history. The Hawks were ranked No. 9 in Division II, their first top 10 appearance. The team had one All-American, two first team NE-10 honorees, the Saint Anselm Female Athlete of the Year and an inductee into the Chi Alpha Sigma National Student-Athlete Honor Society.

The Hawks were also active in community service under Cofrin's leadership, raising $3,000 to support "Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer" with their third annual "Teal the Field" game. Their other service activities included a walk for autism and work with Girls Inc.

Prior to her time at Saint Anselm, Cofrin was the head coach at Siena for five years, leaving as the winningest coach in school history. She was the MAAC Coach of the Year in her second season (2010), and went on to lead the Saints to four consecutive MAAC Tournament appearances. She coached seven first team All-MAAC selections, including the 2012 MAAC Defender of the Year. Her team was named an IWLCA All-Academic Squad twice, and she had 31 MAAC all-academic selections. The team also participated in multiple community service efforts, volunteering for Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity and the Double H Ranch Camp Challenge Ride to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses.

Cofrin's other head coaching stops included Lees-McRae, where she helped the team score 72 more goals (and allow 33 fewer goals) in 2008 than it did in 2007, and the University Dallas, where she also coached soccer and served as the senior women's administrator. The soccer team went 10-3 under her leadership, earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

As an assistant coach at Siena in 2005, Cofrin helped the Saints to a share of the regular season MAAC championship and their first MAAC Tournament appearance.

Cofrin's coaching career began at Oneonta State, where she helped the team to a 10-6 mark in 2004 as an assistant.

Cofrin is a 2003 graduate of Frostburg State, where she earned a B.S. in sociology. She is currently working on her M.S. in sports psychology at Capella University.

At Frostburg State, Cofrin was a four-year starter and helped the team to a pair of ECAC Tournament appearances. She served as captain her senior year, when she was fourth on the team with 20 goals. She was also a two-year starter for the soccer team, making a pair of AMCC Tournament appearances.

Cofrin is a native of Liverpool, N.Y., and attended Liverpool High School. At Yale she replaces former assistant coach Tanya Kotowicz, who has been named head coach at Central Connecticut State University.

Cofrin will be residing in Hamden, Conn., with her husband, Shawn, and eight-month old daughter Rhiannon.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity