August 26, 2009

Haverford Promotes Bathory to Head Coach

from press release

HAVERFORD, Pa. -- Following a national search, Haverford College Director of Athletics Wendy Smith '87 has announced the promotion of Colin Bathory '99 to head coach of the men's lacrosse program. Bathory has served as the recruiting coordinator and top assistant with the program since the 2006 season, helping to guide the Fords to a 42-21 cumulative mark over the past four campaigns, a Centennial Conference regular season crown (2009), and a pair of NCAA tournament appearances (2008, 2009).

"Colin has been an integral component of the team's success over the last few years," stated Smith.  "After a national search it was evident that Colin was uniquely qualified to lead the lacrosse team's quest for excellence, both academically and athletically, while maintaining the team's commitment to community service and leadership within the broader Haverford community."

Prior to his arrival on the Haverford sidelines, Bathory served as the head coach for two years at Plano East High School in Texas where his team reached the semifinals and finals in the Division II Texas state championship tournament. Before heading to Texas, Bathory was an assistant coach at Hampden-Sydney (Va.) College where he helped lead the Tigers to a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Division III national tournament. He also coached the Auburn (Ala.) University club team for one season (2002) and was an assistant with the Shipley School (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) for two years (2000-2001).

"I am honored to be named the next head men's lacrosse coach at Haverford College," said Bathory. "This is a great opportunity for me and I look forward to continuing my relationship with the Haverford community. It is a world-class institution where the caliber of what it stands for and does, speaks for itself. I would like to thank Wendy Smith and her staff for this opportunity."

Bathory earned a degree in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College through Haverford's cooperative program with Bryn Mawr. On the playing field, he was a four-year letterwinner on the Fords lacrosse team and accumulated 305 ground balls which is third-most in program history while his 115 career points ranks 19th all-time within the program. He received the athletic department's Varsity Club Award following his senior year and earned the team's "Swan" (senior contributions) and "Gopher" (100+ ground balls) awards in '99.

"Colin represented the true scholar-athlete as well as gained enormous respect from his peers for his helpfulness and support while he was a student here," said Haverford's Senior Advisor to Institutional Advancement and Lecturer Greg Kannerstein, the Athletic Director of the department at the time of Bathory's hiring as assistant coach. "He's carried those traits back to Haverford in the role he's had here so far, and I am sure that he will infuse the men's lacrosse team with his attributes as well as upholding the winning tradition of the last several years," Kannerstein added.

Bathory, who will begin his official duties as head coach on September 1, has been serving as the interim coach of the program since August 1 following the departure of previous head coach Mike Murphy who took over the reins of the University of Pennsylvania men's lacrosse team.

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