May 31, 2012

Samaras-Mantziaras Resigns as Richmond Coach

from press release | Division I Coaching Carousel

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Stephy Samaras-Mantziaras has resigned as head women's lacrosse coach as announced by the University of Richmond athletic department Thursday.

"Sadly, it is time for me to say goodbye to Richmond," said Mantziaras. "The past three years have literally been the best years of my life. I was able to coach the greatest group of lacrosse girls in the entire world. It was the right athletic department and program for me. I will always cherish my time at Richmond."

"The department is grateful to Coach Samaras-Mantziaras for her dedication towards pushing our women's lacrosse program forward," said senior woman administrator LaRee Sugg.  "Our student-athletes and staff have been and will continue to be profoundly positively influenced by the manner in which she conducted her program. We wish her the nothing but success in all her future endeavors."

Mantziaras accumulated a 30-26 record in her three seasons at the helm of the Spiders and guided Richmond to three-consecutive A-10 Tournament championship finals. Mantziaras guided Richmond to a thrilling 13-12 win over No. 13 JMU earlier this season.

Mantziaras boasted two All-Americans in graduated senior Mary Flowers and sophomore defender Taylor Blazer and had 19 Spiders garner All-Conference recognition in her tenure.

Mantziaras led Richmond to its fourth regular season title in five years with a 6-1 A-10 mark in 2010. Mantziaras owns a 66-58 career record in six years as a head coach.

A national search for Mantziaras' replacement will begin immediately.

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