PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team has enjoyed tremendous success during the last two seasons with a 19-9 record, two Ivy League Tournament appearances (including its first title this year), and the hosting of an NCAA Championship game for the first time since 1988 earlier this month.
One of the coaches who helped oversee these last two seasons, Judd Lattimore, has parlayed the Quakers’ success into a new job. Over the weekend, Holy Cross named Lattimore as its head coach.
“I want to congratulate Coach Lattimore on the head coaching position at Holy Cross,” said Penn’s head coach, Mike Murphy. “He is ready to be a head coach, and I wish him the best of luck as he begins to build that program. I want to thank him for all he did for us here at Penn. Judd was instrumental in our recent success as our offensive coordinator. He did a great job of running our offense, and was extremely valuable in his ability to improve the fundamental skills of all of our players. I thank him for all of his contributions to our program, and wish him the best of luck moving forward.”
“I want to thank the entire Penn Athletic Department, its alums, supporters, players and parents for a great experience at Penn,” said Lattimore. “Penn is a fantastic place to work and has great people working there. I want to specifically thank Mike Murphy for being a great mentor and teacher. Penn has opened many doors for my wife and I, and we are excited to start this new chapter in our life.”
As Penn’s offensive coordinator, Lattimore oversaw a unit that averaged 10.6 goals per game in 2014 as the Quakers went 11-4 overall. Prior to his arrival back at Penn -- he also was an assistant coach for the 2006 season -- Lattimore spent 10 years as an assistant coach at the NCAA level with his squads compiling a record of 107-47. He has reached the NCAA Division I Tournament with four different teams, including Penn in 2006 and 2014, and has coached in a pair of Division II NCAA Tournament national title games.
Although Murphy has been the head coach at Penn for just five seasons, he has already sent four of his assistants on to head coaching positions. In addition to Lattimore, Murphy can also count Chris Wojcik (Harvard), Brian Dougherty (Chestnut Hill College) and Jason Archbell (Bowdoin) as part of his coaching tree.