June 20, 2012

Christos Steps Down as Drew Coach After 12 Seasons

from press release

MADISON, N.J. – Head Women's Lacrosse Coach, Kim Christos, informed the Drew University Athletic Department that she will be resigning after 12 years at the helm of the Ranger women's lacrosse program. A nationwide search for her replacement will begin immediately.

Christos, a Madison resident, will step aside from coaching to spend more time with her family and four children. Prior to the 2012 season Christos ranked 24th in the nation in winning percentage among collegiate coaches in all divisions. Among her Division III counterparts, she was 16th all-time in winning percentage and 25th all-time in wins with 140. She finishes her coaching career at Drew with a record of 148-80, good for a winning percentage of .649.

"The decision to leave was extremely difficult, but the timing felt right," said Christos. "I will cherish my experience at Drew and look forward to my next chapter in life."

In 12 seasons Christos led the Rangers to three conference championships, an ECAC championship and five NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2007, Drew marched all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history and posted a program best 16 wins.

"I've accomplished a lot these last twelve years, including conference titles, numerous championship appearances and NCAA Tournament trips," said the four-time conference coach of the year. "However, I'm most proud of the opportunity to be a mentor to many young women, helping them develop as lacrosse players and young adults."

Christos coached a plethora of talented players at Drew including 67 All-Conference players, 59 All-Region selections and six All-Americans. Her players have also excelled in the classroom with over 76 student-athletes earning all-academic team and conference honor roll awards.

"We're all sorry to see Kim go after such a successful career with us at Drew," said Athletic Director Jason Fein. "Her desire to spend more time with her family and concentrate on the other important things in life is admirable. She will be missed, but we all wish her the best in the future and know that she and her family will remain a part of the Drew family for years to come."

Despite having one of the toughest schedules in the country year in and year out, the Rangers have won 10 or more games in 11 of the 12 seasons under Christos' leadership. Since entering the Landmark Conference in 2008, the Rangers have been to the conference championship game three times and the playoffs each season.

The search for Christos' replacement will begin immediately.

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