June 7, 2013

Team USA's Falcone Named Furman Assistant Coach

from press release

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman head lacrosse coach Rachel Whitten announced today the hiring of Team USA member Amber Falcone as the team's assistant coach.

"I am extremely excited for Amber to join the Furman coaching staff," said Whitten. "She is not only a phenomenal coach, but she is also competing at the highest level of women's lacrosse for Team USA. Amber's energy and passion for lacrosse is very apparent on the sidelines and the field. Her knowledge and skills will be a huge asset to Furman and our athletes. The excitement about Furman lacrosse has been growing throughout the year, and all the pieces are starting to come together with the hiring of Amber. I am excited for the future of Furman lacrosse!"

Falcone, a native of Westminster, Md., has spent the last four seasons as an assistant at Vanderbilt, where she coached three All-Americans and two U.S. women's national team players. In her first season with the Commodores, the team made its sixth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and the following year, Vanderbilt notched a win over seventh-ranked Stanford.

A member of the U.S. women's national team since 2008, Falcone led Team USA to its sixth World Cup title and was chosen the team MVP in 2009. A former All-World Team selection, she will compete with Team USA at the 2013 FIL Women's World Cup in Oshawa, Canada, July 10-20.

Falcone was named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's 2009 Defender of the Year as a senior at North Carolina. The Tar Heels' first four-time All-American, she led her team to a runner-up finish in the 2009 NCAA Tournament and was a finalist for both the Honda Award and the Tewaaraton Trophy.

"I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work at Furman, a university that takes pride in both academic and athletic excellence," said Falcone. "I look forward to working with Rachel and assisting her in building a top Division I lacrosse program!"

A 2009 graduate of North Carolina, Falcone earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies then went on to complete her master's degree in education at Lipscomb in 2013.

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