CASTINE, Maine -- Maine Maritime Academy Director of Athletics Steve Peed introduced Amy Blanchard as the next Head Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Mariners on Friday. A native of Morristown, N.J., Blanchard graduated from William Smith College in May.
"Amy blew the committee away and connected with our athletes in a very meaningful way," said Peed. "She comes to Castine with an outstanding lacrosse pedigree, she is a leader in every sense of the word and I look forward to working with her as we continue to develop this program."
Blanchard played in 74 games making 54 starts on defense for the Herons, including a number of NCAA playoff games. The Herons finished the 2017 season with a program records for wins (20) and caused turnovers (255), and made their first NCAA tournament quarterfinal appearance since 2003. In addition to her playing experience, Blanchard coached the Tri-State Lacrosse Girls All-Stars in Highstown, N.J. from 2014 through 2015.
"I would like to thank the Director of Athletics Steve Peed and the rest of the search committee for giving me this opportunity to continue to build the Maine Maritime Women's Lacrosse Program," said Blanchard. "Steve's vision of where we can take this program was very compelling. I am honored to work alongside such inspirational and supportive faculty. It is a privilege to serve as the Mariners' next women's head lacrosse coach. I am really looking forward to lead such incredible and motivated student-athletes."
Playing her final two seasons under Anne Phillips, Blanchard became one of the Herons most acclaimed athletes. As a junior, she earned the Melissa Mulliken '80 Award, presented to the William Smith student whose team participation and leadership in intercollegiate athletics, combined with off-the-field endeavors, has led to the advancement of William Smith athletics. She followed that in her senior year earning the Madeline Buckley '15 Award, presented annually to a student-athlete who best displays character, teamwork and citizenship. The recipient espouses the standards and values of William Smith Athletics and demonstrates a commitment to service and community engagement.
"Coach Phillips opened the door for Amy, but Amy walked through and owned the room," Peed noted. "She came with glowing endorsements from all of her references and I am confident she will be an outstanding fit for our students and our department."
Blanchard graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Society in May. As an undergraduate, she served as a copywriting intern for McCann Echo. The two-time Liberty League All-Academic selection and 2013 High School Academic All-American spent a semester abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France.
As a third-year program, Maine Maritime went 6-8 in 2016. The Academy had won a total of two games in its first two seasons. Tori Cooper '17 became the program's first All-North Atlantic Conference (NAC) selection. Three players earned NAC All-Academic honors including two who were named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll. The Mariners will enter the 2018 season with its largest and most experienced roster to date.
Blanchard will join the Mariners staff on November 13. In addition to her coaching duties, Blanchard will serve as an Admissions Counselor for the Academy.