Janet Grubbs Retires
Longwood University Director of Athletics Troy Austin announced the retirement of veteran women's lacrosse head coach Janet Grubbs following the 2009 season. Grubbs compiled an overall record of 137-88-1 through 15 years (1995-2009) with the program, including a record of 11-6 this past spring while winning the inaugural National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) Tournament Championship and being named the NLC Coach of the Year.
"Coach Janet Grubbs is a valued member of the Longwood family and she will be missed," said Austin. "She has built a championship-caliber lacrosse program at the Division II level, laid the foundation for a successful team in Division I, worked hard to establish a conference home for the Longwood women's lacrosse team, and mentored quality student-athletes throughout her many years as a head coach."
Grubbs led Longwood to consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II National Championships (2002-03), including a national runners-up finish in 2003 while finishing 13-2 following a school-record 15-1 mark while advancing to the 2002 NCAA National Semifinals. The Lancers were ranked number one in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) National Poll for the final seven weeks of 2002 while completing an undefeated regular season at 15-0, earning Grubbs the IWLCA Division II National Coach of the Year honor. Longwood posted seven consecutive seasons with at least 10 wins from 1999-2005 (87-20-1), including an outstanding five-year period (2001-05) during which the program was 66-10. Grubbs led the Lancers to a record of 12-3 in 2005, the team's first year playing a full Division I schedule during the school's recent Division I Reclassification.
"My deep appreciation goes to President Cormier for all of her support and to Troy Austin and the Longwood Athletics staff and coaches for everything they do," said Grubbs. "It is so difficult to leave at any time but especially now because the current players are outstanding and the incoming recruits are exceptional. But it's time. I had a great, great ride here and I am so proud of all we've accomplished together. To the athletes, both now and before, I say you are the heart of the program. You are the ones that generated the plaques on my wall and the trophies in the case. As our athletics director, Troy Austin, said at our conference banquet, 'We will either find a way, or make one.' So ... make it into the Top 20 next year - I will be behind you all the way!" - G.P.
On the Cover
- Lancers Achieve Finest Division 1 Year Yet During 2008-09
- Athletics & Academics: Perfect APR
- 2008-09 Athletics Banquet Award Winners
- Janet Grubbs Retires
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- Longwood Endorses Grow by Degrees Campaign
- LCVA Receives Top Honors in National AAM Competition
- Terry Challenge Doubles the Impact of The Annual Fund
- Longwood University Honored with Three Virginia PRSA Awards
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