July 27, 2012

Fairfield Extends Copelan's Contract Through 2019

from staff reports

Fairfield University head men's Lacrosse coach Andy Copelan is not going anywhere soon. The school announced Thursday it has signed Copelan to a new contract to coach the Stags through the 2019 season. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"I am happy, both personally and professionally, that Andy has agreed to remain a member of the Fairfield University family," said Mark Reed, the University Vice President of Administration and Chief of Staff. "Since his arrival on campus Andy has been as passionate about Fairfield University and its mission as anyone, and I am convinced he is the right individual to lead our men's lacrosse program."

The Stags are coming off arguably the best season in program history, as Copelan led the 2012 squad to a program-record 12-4 record and a second consecutive trip to the ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament championship game. Fairfield reached as high as 13th in the national polls during the regular season, and started the year with a school record seven consecutive wins to establish the best opening to a season in program history at 7-0. The Stags finished the year ranked 17th in the nation, the program's highest-year end ranking.

"Andy has revitalized Fairfield lacrosse since his arrival on campus and has the program positioned to join the ranks of the best in the nation," said Director of Athletics Gene Doris. "He has committed himself and the program to fulfilling the ideals of the University in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community. That commitment has shown brightly with student-athletes being honored for academic and athletic success, and I am confident that this will remain the norm throughout his tenure at Fairfield."

In the four seasons Copelan has been at the helm of the Stags, every student-athlete that has completed their eligibility has earned a degree from Fairfield. On the field, he has led the team to a 35-24 mark and is now 53-39 in six years as a Division I head coach. Included in those victories is a 2010 win over then #3 Notre Dame, 10-8, in what remains the highest-ranked opponent the Stags have beaten in program history.

Under Copelan's direction the Stags have had numerous accomplishments, as a team, and as individuals. Brent Adams and Charlie Cipriano became the first Stags to receive All-America recognition in the same season, just months after becoming the first classmates selected in the same Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. Cipriano is the first player to earn ECAC individual honors, earning consecutive Goalkeeper of the Year accolades.

"I am honored that Father von Arx, Gene Doris and Mark Reed believe in what we are doing, believe in our future and share the same vision for Fairfield lacrosse," said Copelan. "Thank you to my coaching staff and to the student-athletes who have dedicated themselves fully to this program. It is an exciting time to be a part of Stags lacrosse and I look forward to continue building Fairfield lacrosse into a nationally competitive program that we can all be proud of."

Copelan came to Fairfield in August 2008 following a three-year stint on Dave Cottle's staff at the University of Maryland. With the Terps he helped secure back-to-back top-three ranked recruiting classes and a 2006 Final Four appearance. Copelan began his coaching career at Marist College, where in 2004 he became the youngest head coach in the country. He posted an 18-15 record in two years with the Red Foxes, including leading Marist to its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2005.

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