HARRISONBURG, Va., June 24, 2011 – James Madison head field hockey coach Antoinette Lucas announced the hiring of Lynn Farquhar as the associate head coach for the upcoming 2011 season.
“I have asked Lynn to coach with us the last two times we had a position open on our coaching staff,” Lucas commented on the hiring. “Thankfully, the third time is a charm, and the timing is right for Lynn to join us. I believe so much in her character, her work ethic and her commitment to giving her best to her athletes. I am grateful to have been able to attract her to James Madison. I know she is eager to return to our conference and to make her mark with us, just as she did as an assistant coach at Syracuse University, and as an athlete at Old Dominion.”
Added Farquhar on her new position, “I am thrilled to become a part of the JMU family and can’t wait to dive into the Duke academic and athletic atmosphere. The energy of the school, the current potential of the hockey program and its history is an exceptional combination and compelling opportunity. I look forward to coaching alongside such a passionate staff and talented team.”
Farquhar comes to JMU after spending her previous four seasons at Syracuse University as the Associate Head Coach on Ange Bradley’s staff. She also spent two seasons as Bradley’s assistant coach at the University of Richmond from 2005-06 and has also been involved with the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) Futures Program.
At Syracuse, Farquhar helped lead the Orange to Big East Tournament Championships in 2008 and 2010 while also helping to win three consecutive regular season championships. In 2008, the Orange went 22-2 on their way to a NCAA Final Four appearance and climbed as high as No. 1 in the polls. The team’s overall record during her four years as Associate Head Coach was 68-18, including a 20-4 mark in Big East play.
While as an assistant at Richmond, she helped the Spiders win back-to-back Atlantic 10 championships in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Richmond reached No. 17 in the national rankings and defeated Lock Haven, 4-2, in the NCAA Tournament play-in game before losing to eventual national champion Maryland in the first round. She compiled a 33-11 mark in two seasons at Richmond.
Farquhar has also been involved with coaching, selecting and running the Regional North Futures site for the USFHA. In 2010, she was involved with the junior Olympics and Junior PA High Performance Team. She helped coach the U19 Syracuse team to a bronze medal at the 2008 National Futures Championship. She also served as a USFHA coach for the 2008 and 2009 AAU Junior Olympic Games held in Detroit, Mich.
Farquhar is a 2005 graduate of Old Dominion University where she served as a captain and was named team MVP and a Second Team All-South Region her senior year. She helped the Monarchs to the national championship in 2000 and helped Old Dominion to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (2000-05). She also earned National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic Honors five times while at ODU.
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