BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Former Johns Hopkins standout Sammy Cermack has been named Lehigh women’s lacrosse assistant coach, as announced by head coach Jill Redfern on Wednesday. Cermack replaces Kim Kolarik who moved onto Virginia Tech. Cermack will have a significant role in recruiting as well as team travel, equipment and apparel. She will also assist in all areas of team preparation, including video breakdown, scouting and player development.
“Sammy brings terrific lacrosse knowledge to our team,” said Redfern. “Her leadership qualities, teaching ability and love of the game will have an immediate impact on our competiveness.”
Cermack enjoyed a standout career for the Blue Jays, posting 149 career points behind 98 goals and 51 assists capped off by a 59-point effort in 2014. Johns Hopkins finished 15-5 in a tremendous season that resulted in an NCAA Tournament appearance. Cermack was named an IWLCA All-American after her senior campaign.
A Ridgewood, New Jersey native, Cermack was also named first team All-American Conference, garnering first team Mid-Atlantic All-America laurels. In addition, she received the Blue Jays Unlimited Award given to the Johns Hopkins varsity senior athlete who most exemplifies the spirit of Blue Jays Unlimited by demonstrating team spirit and leadership, promoting team unity and morale, and enhancing the athletic experience of her teammates.
Cermack received several other awards and honors over her career, including second team All-Conference laurels as a junior and Johns Hopkins Midfielder of the Year as a sophomore.
Despite recently graduating, Cermack already owns extensive experience as a coach. She has worked for Stick2Stick Club Lacrosse, providing high-level lacrosse training for girls between ages 9-16. She was also a coach for STEPS Elite Lacrosse Club, coaching and mentoring two teams at the eighth grade levels. While at Johns Hopkins, she worked as a coach for the Blue Jay Elite Camp which included skill instruction and demonstrations for high level school aged participants.
Cermack graduated from Johns Hopkins this past May with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
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