Springfield, Mass. - July 24, 2017 - Springfield College Director of Athletics, Dr. Craig Poisson, is pleased to announce that Ashley Piper has been named a full-time assistant coach for the Springfield College women's lacrosse program. This marks the first time in Division III program history that Springfield College has had a full-time assistant coach with an athletic program.
"l am blessed and honored to be hired as the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Springfield College," commented Piper. "I am thankful to Dr. Poisson and especially to Kristen Mullady, who I have always held in highest admiration and respect for providing me with the opportunity to be part of a higher education mission that forms students and athletes in spirit, mind, and body. At Springfield College, the development of students goes beyond the classroom or athletic field and into leadership and service to the greater community. I am grateful to those who mentored me as a Division I coach and athlete. I will do my best to be an advocate of Springfield College and continue its traditions and values as I guide these young adults in their athletic journey."
Piper earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Central Connecticut State University in 2012, where she was also a standout member of the women's lacrosse team for four seasons. A four-year starter for the Blue Devils, the Bloomfield, Conn. native produced 88 points on 63 goals and 25 assists in four years. A four-year starter and team captain during her senior season, Piper also totaled 103 ground balls, 109 draw controls and caused 55 turnovers.
"I couldn't be more excited to have Coach Piper join our staff," said Springfield College head women's lacrosse coach Kristen Mullady. "Ashley brings an incredible amount of knowledge and passion for the sport of women's lacrosse, and adding her to our staff will help our program continue a tradition of success while competing against the top teams in the nation".
After graduating in 2012, Piper returned to Central Connecticut as a graduate assistant in the strength and conditioning department, where she worked on her Master's degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. Starting in 2014, Piper was hired as a strength and conditioning assistant coach, where she was in charge of weight training, conditioning, recovery and nutrition plans for her student-athletes.
"This is an important step as we were able to secure our first full-time assistant coach in our Division III program history," said Poisson. "With her extensive coaching background, coupled with her Division I playing experience, I have no doubt that Ashley will make an immediate impact on our women's lacrosse program."
Piper is well connected to the women's lacrosse world, as she is currently coaches at LaxPlus Club Lacrosse with youth and high school aged athletes, while she has also worked as an assistant coach for the field hockey and girls lacrosse team at Northwest Catholic High School. While coaching, Piper was also a Sports Performance Trainer at Foresi's Individualized Training (FIT).