PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's lacrosse program has announced the addition of Judd Lattimore to the coaching staff as an assistant coach. Lattimore replaces Chris Malone, who left the program recently to pursue an opportunity in another field. Lattimore joins fourth-year head coach Brian Voelker and fourth-year assistant Todd Cavallaro on the staff.
"Judd was a very good player, and he has had a good amount of success in his previous coaching stints including a pair of Division IIchampionship games and last year's NCAA appearance at Delaware," said Voelker. "He brings a lot of enthusiasm and hasa good head for the game. He is one of those guys who I would always see on the road recruiting, working hard to make his team better. He will be given a lot of responsibility in our recruiting effort. We were lucky to get someone with his credentials this late in the year."
A former University of North Carolina standout, Lattimore comes to the Quakers from the University of Delaware, where he spent one season and helped lead the Blue Hens to one their finest seasons in school history.
Delaware posted an 11-6 record and captured the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title last year, advancing to the CAA Tournament championship game, where the Hens fell to Towson, 9-8. Despite the setback, the Hens earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Championship, where they suffered a hard-fought 9-7 loss at No. 5 seed Navy.
Lattimore --a native of Auburn, N.Y. and a 2001 North Carolina graduate --arrived at Delaware after serving as top assistant and offensive coordinator at NCAA Division II power Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. the previous two seasons under head coach T.W. Johnson.
The Saints posted a 13-3 record in 2003 and a 15-2 mark in 2004, advancing to the NCAA II championship game each season. The Saints averaged 19.3 goals per game in 2004, the highest mark of any NCAA team at any division, and set a school record with 314 total goals. The 15-2 record was the best in school history. During his tenure at Limestone, Lattimore coached 10 All-Americans.
Lattimore began his coaching career at Geneseo State University in 2002, serving as top assistant and offensive coordinator for a squad that was nationally ranked and enjoyed its best season in 20 years.
Lattimore, who earned his degree in interpersonal and organizational communications, enjoyed a standout career for the Tar Heels. He was a three-year starter at midfielder and earned Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America honors in 2000.
He scored three goals in both 1997 and 1998, helping the 1998 squad to an NCAA Championship appearance. He missed the entire 1999 and 2000 seasons to injuries, but returned in 2001 and scored two goals and dished out four assists for the Tar Heels.
While at Auburn High School, Lattimore earned All-America honors in both lacrosse and swimming and competed in the North-South National Senior All-Star Game.