The winningest coach in the short history of the Manhattanville women's lacrosse program has stepped down, the school's athletic director announced this week.
Anna Riordan will leave the program this summer after compiling a 35-49 record at Manhattanville over five years. She guided the Valiants to nine and 11 win seasons in her first two years, the two highest win totals in program history. During those years the Valiants produced two all-conference performers and qualified for the MAC tournament for the first time, according to Manhattanville Athletic Director Keith Levinthal.
“Anna (Riordan) 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 in a statement. “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.”
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The team's 2012 run to the Freedom Conference semi-finals in 2012 was also a highlight for the Valiants. The team had four players named to the all-conference team in that season, bringing the total number of Riordan's players to win the award to seven.
“I am extremely appreciative for the opportunity that Keith (Levinthal) 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.”
Levinthal said the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.