UTICA, NY – The State University of New York Institute of Technology has appointed Erynn Anderson as both its inaugural head women’s lacrosse coach and its first full-time 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.  “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 Erin's guidance."

Anderson will now begin building the women’s lacrosse team from the ground up.  Her squad will immediately begin competition at the varsity level and will play a full NEAC schedule this spring, which will allow the opportunity of qualifying for NCAA postseason play. Additionally, Anderson will inherit the women’s cross country team, which had three top-five finishes this past season and placed ninth at the NEAC Championships.

Anderson joins SUNYIT with a wealth of experience in multiple facets of intercollegiate athletics, as shown by the numerous titles she held during her time with SUNY Maritime over the past three years.  Since the fall of 2008, she has served as the head women’s lacrosse coach, the assistant sports information director and the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) advisor, while also taking over head coaching duties of the women’s volleyball team this past season.

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 also brought in the US Women’s National Team Clinic that 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 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.