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June 16, 2019 — The women’s lacrosse merry-go-round

There are going to be a handful of changes in NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse coaching boxes.

There have been some interesting switchups, as Amy Bokker has moved from Stanford to Ohio State, Danielle Spencer has left Dartmouth to go to Stanford, Tim McCormick has moved from Northwestern to Arizona State, and Amy Altig has moved from Penn State to Delaware.

In the imperfect science of matching coaches to situations, some of these changes after the 2019 season could merit long-term study.

McCormick is yet another example of a male coach taking over a women’s athletic team, a trend which is under intense scrutiny in many corners of the NCAA. But he, like Spencer, are part of the Kelly Amonte-Hiller coaching tree, and are expected to make tremendous strides in a short period of time.

I think it will also be interesting to see what Altig can do at Delaware. The state is in the midst of the two big American lacrosse hotbeds (Baltimore and Long Island), and have had tremendous players coming out of adjoining states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

But if there’s one thing I’ve taken from the moves thus far is the fact that the suits at Arizona State didn’t think that two six-win seasons was good enough for head coach Courtney Martinez-Connor. The five-time NCAA champion and all-time defensive great had a good young roster with talent from many sources, including community colleges, transfers from Hofstra and Jacksonville, and high schools from Washington to Maryland.

It makes you wonder if athletic directors understand what it really takes for a team to be successful.