July 23, 2012

Riordan Steps Down as Manhattanville Coach

from press release

PURCHASE, N.Y. – After a successful five-year stint in Purchase, Anna Riordan has stepped down from her position as head women's lacrosse coach at Manhattanville to pursue other opportunities, Athletic Director Keith Levinthal announced on Monday.

"Anna took over the program right out of college and managed her players exceptionally well on and off the field. She immediately changed the culture of the team and produced nothing but high character student-athletes, a feat that is impressive for a coach of any age," Levinthal said. "As a department, we thank Anna for her five years of service to our women's lacrosse program and wish her well in her future endeavors."

The winningest coach in program history, Riordan led Manhattanville to a 35-49 record – including the two highest single-season win totals ever at the school – in her five years at the helm of the program. In her first year as a collegiate coach she guided the Valiants to a then-record nine victories, finishing just outside a spot in the Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament. The following season was another record-breaker: the team posted an 11-6 record and reached the highly competitive MAC Tournament for the first time, while also producing two All-Conference performers.

"I am extremely appreciative for the opportunity that Keith gave me to lead this program for the past five years," said Riordan. "The time that I have spent here has been a great learning experience, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity. Most importantly, I want to wish the team the best for the upcoming season and for the rest of their careers here at Manhattanville. I have seen so many student-athletes work hard and put so much into this program, I want to thank them for that hard work and dedication."

In her five seasons, Manhattanville made a pair of postseason appearances, including reaching the Freedom Conference semifinals in 2012. The team also had four players named to the All-Freedom Conference teams this season, increasing the number of All-Conference honorees under Riordan's watch to seven.

A national search for Riordan's replacement is already underway, according to Levinthal.

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