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Women’s lacrosse: Arcadia names Pollock as head coach

Thursday, 30th July 2015

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/30/15
From Press Release

Director of Athletics Brian Granata announced that April Pollock has been named head women’s lacrosse coach at Arcadia University. She replaces Erin Livingston, who will remain at the University as assistant athletic director and head field hockey coach.

April Pollock

April Pollock

“We are very pleased to have April join our staff at Arcadia,” said Granata. “With her high-level playing experience as well as eight years as a collegiate head coach, we are confident that she will do a great job leading our women’s lacrosse program forward in the coming years.”

“Coach Livingston has done an admirable job elevating the level of performance of our women’s lacrosse team in recent years,” Granata added. “She has established a strong foundation that Coach Pollock can continue to build upon. We understand that this is a very difficult decision for Coach Livingston to step away from the program at this time, but we feel it is in the best interest for the current and future growth of our women’s lacrosse program.”

Pollock arrives at Arcadia after eight seasons as the head women’s lacrosse coach at NCAA Division II American International College, where she amassed the most wins in program history. She guided the Yellow Jackets to a program record for wins in 2010, and coached the program’s first-ever IWLCA All-Region selection this past season.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead Arcadia University’s women’s lacrosse program,” said Pollock. “I plan to continue to foster an environment where the team reaches for success both in their academic and athletic pursuits. I’d also like to thank the staff at Arcadia for embracing me and exemplifying excellent leadership during the search process.”

Pollock served as the assistant coach at NCAA Division III Springfield College in 2007, where she worked primarily with the goalies and defensive players, and oversaw the program’s recruiting and fundraising efforts. Pollock also organized and coached at the Pride’s Peak Performance Lacrosse Camp.

Before her arrival at Springfield, Pollock was the assistant coach at Smith College from 2003-06. She coached the goalies and attack players and assisted in all other aspects of the Pioneers’ program. Pollock was also the director of youth sports at the Hampshire Regional YMCA in Northampton from 2003-06, where she developed physical education classes at two local private schools and developed new youth sports programs at the YMCA.

Pollock was a four-year starter in goal at the University of Connecticut, where she still holds the Huskies’ records for career goals against average (8.97), career save percentage (.558), career wins (26), saves in a season (195) and saves in a single game (20). She was named the team’s Defensive MVP in 2000 and 2003 and was selected to play in the Division I North-South Senior All-Star game in 2003.

Pollock graduated from Connecticut in 2003 with bachelor degrees in political science and women’s studies. She completed her master’s degree in physical education at Springfield in May 2008 with a concentration in advanced-level coaching.

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