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posted 07.18.2012 at 1.47 p.m. by Clare Lochary

Mike Faith Named New F&M Women's Coach

Mike Faith, the newly announced head women’s coach for Franklin & Marshall College, didn’t go far to find his new job. He’s been head coach at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, just 26 miles down the road from Lancaster for eight years, in which time he’s compiled a 97-48 record.

The program itself does have a ways to go, in order to rebound from the hazing scandal that rocked the Diplomats earlier this spring and resulted in the firing of former F&M coach Lauren Paul on April 17. Paul's assistants, Caitlin Powderly and Lidia Sanza, were placed on administrative leave and later fired, and 16 players were suspended from the team. After Paul’s dismissal, F&M played two games under interim head coach Melissa Mariano, the Diplomats’ field hockey coach. F&M then withdrew from consideration for the Centennial Conference tournament and the NCAA tournament. The team finished the 2012 season with a 13-3 record and was ranked No. 10 in the country when it withdrew from the postseason.

On July 6, the New York Times published an article detailing the specifics of the allegedly hazing incident, which occurred in 2011. In the Times article, a lawyer for Paige Burns, a sophomore midfielder who was cut from the team in February 2012, states the activities included forced consumption of alcohol and sexually suggestive pranks. Burns’ former teammates, Erin Dunne and Kelsey Hoffman, refute her version of the events, although the school affirms that there were “multiple, consistent accounts” consistent with Burns.

In an April 27 interview with LMO, Paul categorically denied that she and her staff ever condoned hazing, and released a statement to the media saying that the university’s investigation into the incident was flawed.