Eric Koch is in his sixth year as an assistant men's lacrosse coach at Washington and Lee, serving as the team's defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
Across his first five seasons, Koch has helped W&L achieve two ODAC tournament titles and three ODAC regular season titles. He has helped mentor 14 defensive players to All-ODAC laurels, while seven have achieved All-America status.
Koch's defense was one of the best in the country during the 2019 season, when W&L tied the school record for wins (16-5). The Generals led Division III in man-down defense (.869) and finished third in scoring defense (6.48 gpg). The Blue & White produced a pair of shutouts and allowed seven goals or less in 14 of 21 contests.
In 2018, Koch coached the defense to a league-best 8.20 goals-against average (GAA) that also ranked among the Top 50 in Division III. The Generals finished 15-5 overall, won the ODAC regular-season title and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. He was part of the staff that received the IMLCA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year Award.
The 2017 campaign produced an 8-1 conference mark to again earn the ODAC regular season title. Two members of Koch's defensive unit earned all-conference accolades as W&L finished 10-7 overall.
In his second season in 2016, W&L tied for 22nd in Division III in scoring defense (7.32 goals per game) and won the ODAC Tournament title in advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship. Koch helped mentor defenseman Buck Armstrong '16, who garnered First Team All-America laurels.
In Koch's first season, the Generals finished 12-7 overall and advanced to the ODAC Tournament Semifinals by finishing the season ranked 20th in Division III in scoring defense with an average of 6.95 goals allowed per contest.
Koch is no stranger to W&L lacrosse after completing an All-America playing career with the Generals in 2005. He earned four letters for the Generals, serving as a team captain for his senior season. 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.
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.
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.