Erynn Anderson enters her second season at SUNYIT as both the head women's lacrosse coach and head women's cross country coach.
"Erynn has tremendous experience in many facets of college athletics and will be a great leader of SUNYIT student-athletes," said Athletic Director Kevin Grimmer upon Anderson's hiring in 2011. "She is a well-connected recruiter from the Syracuse area and also downstate, so we expect to see our women's lacrosse and cross country teams really benefit from Erynn's guidance."
As the first full-time coach of the women's cross country program, Anderson had one runner selected to the NEAC All-Conference team in 2011, and will look to build the team into a contender with a host of exciting recruits in 2012.
In SUNYIT's inaugural season of women's lacrosse, Anderson guided the team to truly remarkable success for a first-year program. With a 4-4 record in conference, the team lost a tiebreaker with Penn St.-Abington to qualify for the NEAC Conference Tournament.
Anderson came to SUNYIT in 2011 with a wealth of experience in multiple facets of intercollegiate athletics from her time at SUNY-Maritime. From the fall of 2008 on she held roles as head women's lacrosse coach, assistant sports information director, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) advisor, and even took over head coaching duties for the women's volleyball team in 2010.
She instantly saw success with the Maritime lacrosse team during her first season at the helm, as the squad won its first-ever Skyline conference match and broke the program records for most wins in a season, most goals scored in a season, most goals scored in a game and most goals scored by a player in a game.
Prior to Maritime, Anderson spent a year as the head women's lacrosse coach at fellow NEAC member institution SUNY Morrisville, where she gained recognition as well for brining in the US Women's National Team Clinic (the clinic drew close to 200 girls). She also served as the assistant director of the school's intramurals program and ran various lacrosse day clinics throughout the year.
Before coaching, Anderson was a scholarship cross country runner for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke before transferring to play lacrosse at Fredonia State, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature in December of 2004. She had a tremendous three-year lacrosse career as a student-athlete, finishing with the third-most career assists in program history while being seventh all-time in both career goals and points. Following graduation, she remained at Fredonia for two more years as a graduate-assistant coach before receiving her Master of Arts degree in English literature and theory in May of 2007.
Anderson continues to be involved with lacrosse in the off-season, coaching with the Central New York Elite Lacrosse Club during the summer, and is a certified youth coach through the SUNY Youth Sports organization. She has coached at various lacrosse camps throughout the summers including the All-American Lacrosse Camp at Colgate University and the Nike Lacrosse Camp at Syracuse University. Anderson attended the Division III Student-Athlete Leadership Conference in October 2008 and has attended the US Lacrosse Convention every year since January 2005 as well as served on the Metro Region Lacrosse Ranking Committee in 2011.
Anderson is a native of Baldwinsville, NY.