Raymond tabbed to take over at Hobart
GENEVA, N.Y. -- Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Friday announced that Greg Raymond, the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Princeton, has been hired as head coach of the Hobart lacrosse team.
"After a comprehensive national search, it was clear that Coach Raymond possesses a passion for the game, an ability to connect with and motivate student-athletes, and an understanding and respect for the tradition of Hobart lacrosse," Hobart and William Smith president Mark D. Gearan said. "Just as importantly, he clearly comprehends the importance of academics in the lives of our student-athletes, an understanding that will enable him to have great success with the program."
In four years at Princeton, Raymond's defense ranked first or second in the Ivy League three times and twice led the conference in man-down defense. Princeton won the Ivy League and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament in 2010 and '12. The Tigers achieved their highest national statistical ranking in 2012, climbing to No. 6 in scoring defense, allowing just 7.25 goals per game, and No. 2 in man-down defense, killing off 85 percent of the opposition's man-up opportunities.
"It became apparent through the interview process that in addition to having the tools necessary to teach the game, he is also able to clearly articulate the value of a Hobart education to the highest caliber of student-athlete," vice president for student affairs Robb Flowers said. "He is a great communicator who will build lasting relationships with our students and passionate fan base."
Raymond will be the 19th man to lead the Hobart lacrosse program when the Statesmen step on the field in 2014.
"From his foundation at Corning East High School to leading his college team to a Division I title and from working under some of the very best in college coaching to coordinating one of Division I's top defenses, Greg Raymond is the perfect fit for Hobart College and our lacrosse program," Hobart athletic director Mike Hanna said. "Along with the Hobart lacrosse student-athletes and Hobart coaches who assisted in the interviewing process, I'm extremely excited about the energy, discipline, teamwork and recruiting experience Coach Raymond will bring to the program and to Hobart athletics."
Over the past four seasons, Raymond has mentored nine All-Americans and nine All-Ivy League student-athletes.
"I'm deeply honored to be chosen to lead the Hobart lacrosse program," sRaymond. "Everything from the championship tradition, to the exceptional facilities, the dedicated student-athletes, and the picturesque campus has me excited. I look forward to working with the team as we write the next chapter in the rich history of Hobart lacrosse."
Raymond spent the 2008-09 season serving as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Drexel. He helped the Dragons earn a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament thanks in part to a 9-8 win against nationally ranked Villanova. Raymond coached the league's rookie of the year, goalie Mark Manos, who is currently a member of the MLL's Charlotte Hounds' practice squad.
"I'm extremely excited for Coach Raymond to become our new head coach," Hobart attackman Cam Stone said. "He was incredibly impressive and focused during the interview process. Along with that focus, Coach Raymond also portrays a sense of motivation that will benefit our program. This was especially evident when he talked about the steps he would take in recruiting to build our talent pool at Hobart. I believe that he will be good for Hobart and I look forward to the upcoming season."
Raymond got his start in collegiate coaching in 2006, serving as an assistant for legendary head coach Bill Tierney at Princeton. In 2006 and '07, the Tigers earned NCAA tournament bids, reaching the quarterfinal round in '06.
Raymond graduated from Johns Hopkins with a bachelor's degree in sociology. On the lacrosse field, he was a long-stick midfielder for the Blue Jays, serving as a team captain in 2003, '04 and '05. After losing most of his first two years on campus to a knee injury, Raymond saw his first significant playing time in 2003, appearing in 12 games as Hopkins reached the NCAA national championship game. As a senior, Raymond \penned a perfect ending to his collegiate career as Johns Hopkins posted a 16-0 record and won the national championship. He played in every game that year, recording 28 ground balls and scoring his first goal. Following graduation, Raymond played three seasons for the MLL's New Jersey Pride.
Next season will be the first for Hobart as a member of the Northeast Conference. Hobart was 6-8 in 2013, including three wins against nationally ranked teams. Hobart will return six starters from that squad, including All-American attackman Alex Love, who was third in the nation in scoring.