January 16, 2014

Pechulis Named Interim Coach for Westfield St. Women

from press release

WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Jeff Pechulis has been named interim head coach of the Westfield State University women's lacrosse team.

Pechulis replaces Greg Styles, who recently resigned as head coach after six seasons. Styles compiled a fine 59-36 record in leading the Owls to six straight winning seasons.

"Coach Styles did an excellent job with the lacrosse program at Westfield State University. He always took pride in his team's performance and was committed to developing a program built through recruiting and teaching fundamentals," said Westfield State University athletics director Richard Lenfest. "Under his leadership the program took many positive strides and I expect this to continue with the promotion of Coach Pechulis from assistant coach to head coach."

Pechulis was an assistant coach at Westfield State the past two years. He was directly responsible for the coaching the Owl defense and goalies and assisted with all aspects of running the women's lacrosse program, including recruitment.

Pechulis played a pivotal role in Westfield State advancing to the conference tournament championship games the past two seasons. Since joining the coaching staff, the Owls have noticed a steady drop in goals against average. During the 2013 campaign, the Westfield defense held opposing offenses to a team record low of 8.8 goals against average. The 2013 season produced seven all-conference selections from WSU, including goalie Mimi Khampaeng who finished 17th nationally with a .510 save percentage.

Prior to Westfield State, Pechulis coached for three years at Westfield High School with both the varsity and junior varsity teams. He also spent eight years with the Westfield Youth Lacrosse program as coach and a member of the advisory board.

While a student at UMass-Amherst, he was introduced to the sport of lacrosse as member of the 1985 sub-varsity team.

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