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Hobart names Princeton assistant Raymond as head coach

Friday, 12th July 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/12/13
From Press Release

Princeton assistant Greg Raymond has been named head coach at Hobart, it was announced today.

Raymond, a former Drexel assistant who followed Chris Bates to Princeton, joins the Statesmen following four seasons as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers.

“After a comprehensive national search, it was clear that Coach Raymond possesses a passion for the game, an ability to connect with and motivate student-athletes, and an understanding and respect for the tradition of Hobart lacrosse,” says Hobart and William Smith President Mark D. Gearan. “Just as importantly, he clearly comprehends the importance of academics in the lives of our student-athletes, an understanding that will enable him to have great success with the program.”

At Princeton, Raymond’s defense ranked first or second in the Ivy League three times and twice led the conference in man-down defense. Princeton won the Ivy League and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament in 2010 and 2012.

The Tigers’ D achieved its highest national statistical ranking in 2012, climbing to No. 6 in scoring defense, allowing just 7.25 goals per game, and No. 2 in man-down defense, killing off 85 percent of the opposition’s man-up opportunities.

Over the past four seasons, Raymond has mentored nine All-Americans and nine All-Ivy League student-athletes.

Raymond spent the 2008-09 academic year serving as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Drexel University. He helped the Dragons earn a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament thanks in part to a 9-8 win over nationally ranked Villanova.

Raymond coached the league’s Rookie of the Year, goalie Mark Manos, who is currently a member of the MLL’s Charlotte Hounds’ practice squad.

Raymond got his start in collegiate coaching in 2006, serving as an assistant for legendary Head Coach Bill Tierney at Princeton. In 2006 and 2007, the Tigers earned NCAA tournament bids, reaching the quarterfinal round in 2006.

Raymond graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. On the lacrosse field, he was a long-stick midfielder for the Blue Jays, serving as a team captain in 2003, 2004, and 2005.

After losing most of his first two years on campus to a knee injury, Raymond saw his first significant playing time in 2003, appearing in 12 games as Hopkins reached the NCAA national championship game. The following season, he played in all 15 games helping the Blue Jays advance to the NCAA semifinals.

As a senior, Raymond and his classmates penned a perfect ending to their collegiate careers, posting a 16-0 record and winning the national championship. He played in every game that year, recording 28 ground balls and scoring his first goal. Following graduation, Raymond played three seasons for the MLL’s New Jersey Pride.

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