Columbia University

505 W 218th Street New York, NY 10034
Division 1 New York Northeast
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Andrea Cofrin

Andrea Cofrin – who was announced as head coach of Columbia women’s lacrosse on September 3, 2015 – has already made her mark on the program after just three seasons at the helm.

Entering her fifth season in 2020, Cofrin has continued to elevate the program to new heights and see unprecedented success, including the Lions’ first-ever Ivy League Tournament berth in 2018.

Many milestones were reached in Cofrin’s third season leading the Lions. With conference wins over Harvard, Yale and Brown, she led Columbia to its first three-win Ivy League record to earn the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament.

Under her leadership, several Columbia players earned individual accolades in 2018, highlighted by junior Lindsey Ewertsen earning the program’s first-ever Ivy League Midfielder of the Year award. A program-record five Lions were named All-Ivy League selections, with Ewertsen and Victoria Kalamaras garnering first team honors, Kathryn Cavallo earning second team recognition and Alexandria Absey and Kelsey Gedin receiving honorable mention nods.

In her second season, Cofrin led the Lions to a record-breaking 7-8 overall record in 2017 behind the highest-scoring offense in program history with 11.73 goals per game. With Columbia’s first-ever win over Dartmouth and a win against Yale, Cofrin became the first coach to lead the Lions to a multiple-win Ivy League season.

The Lions received four 2017 All-Ivy League selections, led by a first-team honor for Taylor Quinn. Kalamaras and Ewertsen received second team honors, along with Laine Parsons garnering honorable mention.

Cofrin took no time in helping shift the culture of Columbia lacrosse, guiding the Lions to a 6-9 record in her inaugural campaign in 2016. Two players recorded 30+ goals and five registered 20+ goals for the first time in nearly a decade. The Lions’ high-powered offense led to three All-Ivy selections, with Ewertsen becoming Columbia’s first-ever rookie to earn first team honors, while Taylor Quinn and Kalamaras received second team accolades. Ewertsen also earned national recognition, being named to Inside Lacrosse’s All-Rookie Team.

"Andrea has a wealth of experience as a player, assistant coach, club coach and head coach,” said Peter Pilling, Columbia’s Director of Intercollegiate and Physical Education. “Andrea’s energy, passion and leadership will help bring our lacrosse program to the next level. We are thrilled to have her join the Columbia Athletics family."

Prior to her arrival to Morningside Heights, Cofrin spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach at Yale after leading Saint Anselm to its first NCAA Tournament appearance as the head coach in 2013-2014.

Cofrin’s head coaching experience includes time at Saint Anselm, Siena, Lees-McRae College and the University of Dallas. She also had stints as an assistant coach at Siena and Oneonta State. Additionally, she spent more than three years as co-director and co-owner of the travel program, ADK Lacrosse.

In her lone season at Saint Anselm, Cofrin led the Hawks to a program-best 13-4 record and a No. 9 in Division II, the program’s first-ever top-10 ranking. The team had one All-American, two First Team NE-10 honorees, the Saint Anselm Female Athlete of the Year and an inductee into the Chi Alpha Sigma National Student-Athlete Honor Society.

From 2009-13, Cofrin served as head coach at Siena, leaving as the winningest coach in school history. She was the MAAC Coach of the Year in her second season (2010) and went on to lead the Saints to four consecutive MAAC Tournament appearances. She coached seven First Team All-MAAC selections, including the 2012 MAAC Defender of the Year. Her team was named an IWLCA All-Academic Squad twice and had 31 MAAC All-Academic selections. The team also participated in multiple community service efforts, volunteering for Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, and the Double-H Ranch Camp Challenge Ride to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses.

Cofrin's other coaching stops included Lees-McRae, where she helped the team score 72 more goals (and allow 33 fewer goals) in 2008 than it did in 2007, and the University of Dallas, where she also coached soccer and served as the senior women's administrator. The soccer team went 10-3 under her leadership, earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

As an assistant coach at Siena in 2005, Cofrin helped the Saints to a share of the regular season MAAC championship and their first MAAC Tournament appearance.

Cofrin's coaching career began at Oneonta State, where she helped the team to a 10-6 mark in 2004 as an assistant.

At four-year letterwinner and starter at Frostburg State, Cofrin earned her B.S. in sociology in 2003. During her playing career, the Bobcats earned two ECAC Tournament appearances. She served as captain her senior year, when she was fourth on the team with 20 goals. She was also a two-year starter for the soccer team, making a pair of AMCC Tournament appearances.

Cofrin and her husband, Shawn, have two daughters, Rhiannon and Remy.

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Taylor Pennell

Taylor Pennell enters her first season as an assistant coach for the Columbia lacrosse program, having joined the staff in August 2019.

After spending the previous two seasons in the same role at College of the Holy Cross, Pennell will work primarily with Columbia’s goalkeepers and draw control unit, as well as heading the Lions’ community service efforts and social media.

“I am thrilled to have Taylor join our staff,” said Cofrin. “Taylor has an incredible work ethic, is a great recruiter, loves to grow the game and brings of wealth of knowledge. She’s a true teacher of the game and will be a great addition to our program.”

Prior to her arrival on Morningside Heights, Pennell spent one season as an assistant coach at Bucknell before joining the staff at Holy Cross. While at Bucknell, Pennell helped coach the Bison to the program’s second winning record in 13 seasons. Notably in her two seasons with the Crusaders, the program reached the 2018 Patriot League Playoffs for the first time since 2015.

As a player, Pennell was a three-year starter as a defender at Rutgers, being elected team captain in her final two seasons. She was named the team’s ‘Most Improved Player’ in 2013. She was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and was named to both the Big East and Big Ten All-Academic teams during her time at Rutgers. Pennell graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and sport management from Rutgers in 2016.

Since February 2019, Pennell has served as an assistant coach and board member for the Uganda Lacrosse Foundation, which aims to promote and grow youth lacrosse in Uganda.

Pennell has a variety of experience in collegiate athletics, including familiarity with the Ivy League having served as an Ivy League intern in the spring of 2015. In her stint with the Ivy League, Pennell gained experience in compliance, communications and championships. She also spend the spring of 2016 interning with Rutgers’ University Foundation Department as an athletics development intern in the Varsity R Association.

A native of New Egypt, New Jersey, Pennell was an honorable mention High School All-American at The Peddie School.

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