LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the appointment of Eric Koch as assistant men's lacrosse coach and assistant professor of physical education. Koch begins his appointment on July 1.
"I'm pleased and proud to welcome Eric Koch back to campus to serve in this important role within our Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation department," said Hathorn. "As a proud alum, Eric brings with him an obvious passion for all things W&L, but in particular, our men's lacrosse players and program. His previous experiences and successes demonstrate a commitment to excellence in all that he undertakes. I am confident that Eric will work hard to help us maintain the tradition of excellence within the program that has become synonymous with W&L lacrosse. On behalf of the W&L campus and community, we look forward to working and serving beside Eric and his family for many years to come."
Koch earned four letters for the Generals men's lacrosse program, serving as a team captain for his senior season in 2005. As a defenseman, he was a three-year starter and helped lead W&L to a pair of ODAC titles and a trip to the NCAA Semifinals in 2002. A Second Team All-ODAC honoree in 2004 and a first-teamer in 2005, he was an Honorable Mention All-America selection following his senior season.
"I want to thank Jan and Head Coach Gene McCabe for this opportunity," said Koch. "I am humbled and ecstatic that they selected me to be a member of the men's lacrosse staff. My family and I cannot wait to begin this next phase of our lives. It truly is a dream come true".
After graduating from W&L with a bachelor of arts in economics in 2005, Koch began his career as a volunteer assistant coach at Rutgers before moving on to Mountain Lakes High School, where he served as an assistant coach for two seasons, leading the Lakers to back-to-back state titles in 2007 and 2008. He then joined the coaching staff at Stevens Institute of Technology as a graduate assistant in 2009. He coached both the offense and defense, rising to defensive coordinator in 2010 and eventually to associate head coach and offensive coordinator in 2013.
Koch helped lead Stevens to a 63-25 overall record across his five seasons with the school. The Ducks achieved three trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament and an Empire 8 Conference title in 2012 when Stevens won a school-record 17 games.
"On behalf of our men's lacrosse program we welcome Eric, his wife Karen and son Zach to W&L," said McCabe. "I am extremely excited Eric is joining our coaching staff. Given his experience at W&L and his successful coaching background as both a defensive and offensive coordinator at Stevens, Eric is the ideal person to join our staff."
Koch earned a master of science degree in management from Stevens in 2012. In addition to his coaching duties there, he also served as the assistant facilities supervisor and the director of athletic laundry facilities and services and was an assistant admissions counselor in 2012-13. His lacrosse experiences also include serving as an assistant coach for Team England in the U19 World Championship in Turku, Finland in the summers of 2011 and 2012.