Head Coach Courtney Farrell
Women's Lacrosse Office
Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (617) 627-5235
Fax: (617) 627-3614
Courtney Farrell, previously the Associate Head Coach at SUNY Cortland, was hired as the new head coach of women's lacrosse at Tufts University on May 20, 2013.
Farrell had been part of the Cortland staff under head coach Kathy Taylor since fall 2010. She was promoted from assistant to Associate Head Coach in fall 2012. During her tenure, the Red Dragons played in three consecutive NCAA final fours from 2011-2013. They compiled an outstanding 62-6 overall record during Farrell's three seasons for a .912 winning percentage.
The all-time leading scorer in Cornell University history, Farell played for the Big Red from 2006-08. She led the team in scoring for each of her four seasons and finished with 213 career points on 122 goals and 91 assists. She was an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-American, a four-time All-Ivy pick, and three times an All-Region honoree.
Farrell is a 2008 graduate of Cornell University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in applied economics and management. She immediately went into coaching, serving as an assistant at Division I American University for the 2009 season. She was then an assistant for the 2010 Ivy League runners-up at Dartmouth College.
"We are very excited about the addition of Courtney Farrell to the Tufts University family," Gehling said. "Courtney brings a wealth of experience, as a coach and player, as well as a passion for the sport and an appreciation of the opportunity to serve as an important mentor in the lives of young people. Her positive attitude, outstanding communication skills, and terrific work ethic will strengthen the Tufts Athletics community."
A member of the United States Development Team from 2006-08, Farrell founded and directs teamthirteen, a women's lacrosse specialty company which focuses on the development of fundamental skills and teamwork in girls and young women. She also spends summer working the top college recruiting showcases and instructional camps.
Farrell becomes the sixth head coach of Jumbo women's lacrosse since the program was founded in 1975. She takes over a team that has long been one of the best in New England. Members of the competitive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), the Jumbo program is regularly among the IWLCA top 20, has earned two NCAA Championship berths (2009, 2011), and won five Eastern College Athletic Conference championships (1985-89, 1995). The 2013 Jumbos finished 7-8 overall and were eighth in the conference with a 3-7 mark.
"I believe wholeheartedly in the immense potential of this program and could not be more honored to lead the next chapter of Jumbo women's lacrosse," Farrell said. "I have been dreaming of this moment and am proud to join the Jumbo family.
"I have had the opportunity to coach with and learn from one of the best in the game in Kathy Taylor at Cortland," she continued. "Kathy's mentorship has provided me guidance and perspective in every area of coaching both on and off the field. I could not have asked for anyone better to show me the way.
"Positive energy and passion are two things I work to bring everyday as a coach. There will be many keys to our success on the field. My vision is for us to play fast and smart, pushing the pace of the game while understanding the importance of tempo.
"I would like to thank Bill Gehling and the rest of the Tufts administration for providing me with this incredible opportunity. I also want to thank the Cortland administration and Kathy Taylor for an incredible few years."
Farrell is replacing Carol Rappoli, who in her 28 seasons at Tufts (1986-2013) amassed 265 victories. She is among the all-time top 10 in NCAA coaching victories, regardless of division, with 320.
Originally from Fayetteville, New York, Farrell is a 2004 graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School.