Andrea Cofrin was named Columbia’s head women’s lacrosse coach on Thursday, September 3, 2015 by Peter Pilling, Columbia’s Director of Intercollegiate and Physical Education.
Columbia capped its inaugural year under coach Cofrin in impressive fashion, with a 6-9 overall record in 2016, the most wins since the 2010 season. The Lions' high-powered offense performed at an all-time best clip, highlighted by having two players with 30+ goals and five with 20+ goals for the first time since 2007. The 51 assists on the year marked the highest season-total since 2011 (54) and the sixth-most in program history.
"I'm really pleased with the progress we've made this season," said coach Andrea Cofrin.
"I'm grateful for all the hard work and time our senior class put into this program and I'm extremely excited about the foundation we've built for the future."
The Lions received three selections to the 2016 All-Ivy League Team. Lindsey Ewertsen became the first rookie in program history to earn first-team honors for the Lions. Junior midfielder Taylor Quinn earned her third consecutive second-team nod, and was joined by sophomore attacker Victoria Kalamaras, who received her first All-Ivy selection. Ewertsen added more hardware to an impressive debut season being named to Inside Lacrosse Women All-Rookie Team. The midfielder was the only Ivy League player represented on the team, this after being selected to IWLCA Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team.
Cofrin was most recently an assistant coach at Yale for the 2014-15 season after leading Saint Anselm to its first NCAA Tournament appearance as the head coach in 2013-2014.
"Andrea has a wealth of experience as a player, assistant coach, club coach and head coach,” Pilling said. “Andrea’s energy, passion and leadership will help bring our lacrosse program to the next level. We are thrilled to have her join the Columbia Athletics family."
Cofrin’s head coaching experience includes time at Saint Anselm, Siena, Lees-McRae College, and the University of Dallas. She also served as an assistant coach for one year at Siena and another at Oneonta State. Additionally, she spent more than three years as co-director and co-owner of the travel program, ADK Lacrosse.
"I am incredibly humbled by the opportunity to lead Columbia's Women's Lacrosse Program. A special 'thank you' to Director of Athletics, Peter Pilling, Associate Athletic Director, Matthew Scally, and the rest of the search committee for their support through the process,” Cofrin said. “The moment I stepped on campus I was greeted with open arms and loved the unprecedented support and passion shown by the administration, alumni, and players. I'm looking forward to elevating the program to the next level and showing prospective student-athletes and parents all that Columbia University and New York City have to offer. "
In 2013-14, Cofrin led Saint Anselm to a 13-4 record, the best in program history. The Hawks were ranked No. 9 in Division II, marking their first top-10 appearance. The team had one All-American, two First Team NE-10 honorees, the Saint Anselm Female Athlete of the Year and an inductee into the Chi Alpha Sigma National Student-Athlete Honor Society.
Prior to her time at Saint Anselm, Cofrin was the head coach at Siena for five years, leaving as the winningest coach in school history. She was the MAAC Coach of the Year in her second season (2010) and went on to lead the Saints to four consecutive MAAC Tournament appearances. She coached seven First Team All-MAAC selections, including the 2012 MAAC Defender of the Year. Her team was named an IWLCA All-Academic Squad twice and had 31 MAAC All-Academic selections. The team also participated in multiple community service efforts, volunteering for Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, and the Double-H Ranch Camp Challenge Ride to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses.
Cofrin's other coaching stops included Lees-McRae, where she helped the team score 72 more goals (and allow 33 fewer goals) in 2008 than it did in 2007, and the University of Dallas, where she also coached soccer and served as the senior women's administrator. The soccer team went 10-3 under her leadership, earning a berth to the NCAA Tournament.
As an assistant coach at Siena in 2005, Cofrin helped the Saints to a share of the regular season MAAC championship and their first MAAC Tournament appearance.
Cofrin's coaching career began at Oneonta State, where she helped the team to a 10-6 mark in 2004 as an assistant.
Cofrin is a 2003 graduate of Frostburg State, earning a B.S. in sociology.
At Frostburg State, Cofrin was a four-year starter and helped the team to a pair of ECAC Tournament appearances. She served as captain her senior year, when she was fourth on the team with 20 goals. She was also a two-year starter for the soccer team, making a pair of AMCC Tournament appearances.
Cofrin and her husband, Shawn, have one daughter, Rhiannon.