Anne Harrington becomes head coach for women’s lacrosse
RICHMOND, Va.— Vice President and Director of Athletics at the University of Richmond John P Hardt removed the temporary tag and named it Anne Harington the seventh coach in Spider women’s lacrosse history on Tuesday. Harrington has spent the last six years at Richmond, including the 2021 season where he served as interim head coach and led the Spiders to a 14-4 overall record.
“We are happy about the increase Anne Harington to the head coach of the women’s lacrosse program,” Hardt said. “Anne has done a remarkable job as interim head coach, bringing the stability and continuity the program needed. Her work with the program over the past six years has helped make Spider Women’s Lacrosse one of the top programs in the Atlantic 10. We look forward to Anne leading our program and excited about the future of our Spider student-athletes.”
Harrington led the Spiders to 14 wins, the most for the Spiders since 2019. Richmond finished the regular season ranked 18th in the Inside Lacrosse/IWLCA Division I poll. She led the Spiders to 2nd place in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament and led that Program for two major A-10 awards at the end of the year.
graduate Brittney Wright was named A-10 Defensive Player of the Year as a junior Sophia Di Censo was named Midfielder of the Year – the program’s first midfield award since 2012. Lindsey Frank and Arden Tierney. Richmond has had three league All-Rookie Team honors, the most ever in program history.
“I look forward to continuing my time at the University of Richmond,” said Harrington, “I would like to thank John Hardt and John Hardt LaRee Sugg for their support and the opportunity to become the next head coach of this program. My special thanks go to the young women who make up this team. They believe in what we do and have put their trust in me. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together.”
Harrington’s Spiders finished the year fourth nationally in assists per game with 8.11 and 13th in the nation on goal defense, limiting opponents to just 9.5 goals conceded per game. Richmond had 11 different top-25 finishes in NCAA statistics categories this season and took home 10 weekly Atlantic 10 Conference awards.
The Spiders had a perfect season at Robins Stadium and went 9-0 at home this year. The nine wins at Robins Stadium are the most for the Spiders since 2018 (9-1), while the perfect home record is only their second in over 20 years. The Spiders picked up a win at home against No. 16 Stanford and their four losses came only against nationally ranked opponents.
“Anne’s integrity, work ethic, commitment to creating a positive team culture, commitment to academic excellence and competitive spirit are qualities that made her the best choice to lead our women’s lacrosse program,” Athletics Assistant Chief of Policy and Sports Management LaRee Sugg called.
Prior to 2021, Harrington served on former head coach Allison Kwolek’s coaching staff for five years, including the final two years as associate head coach. During their time on staff at Richmond, the Spiders posted a 74-16 mark (.822 winning percent) that includes a 28-5 record (.848) in Atlantic 10 Conference play. She was part of the program that won two A-10 regular-season titles and made two NCAA tournament appearances in 2018 and 2019.