NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale University men’s lacrosse program announced that Andrew Stimmel has been promoted to the Director of Player Development.
In this newly-created role, Stimmel will assist student-athletes in acclimating to their roles on the field, in the classroom and in the community through the creation, analysis and modification of individualized player development plans. He will serve as the program’s community service coordinator as well as work in conjunction with Strength & Athletic Training staff to educate and promote overall health and wellness.
Last season the captain of the 2010 Ohio State Lacrosse Team volunteered as the Bulldogs’ goalie coach. Under his guidance, goalie Eric Natale (Westminister, Md.) earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors while stopping 51.0% of shots faced. As a team, the Bulldogs’ defense led the Ivy League and finished 12th in the nation allowing 8.53 goals per game. Yale also ranked among the national leaders in Man Down Defense (17th – 69.8%) and Face-Offs (13th – 57.9%).
Stimmel, the Grove City (Pa.) College head coach for two seasons (2012-13), led the Wolverines to an Elite 8 appearance in the 2013 national tournament and finished fifth in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Poll after a 10-2 regular season and a first-ever top seed in Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association Playoffs. For his efforts, Stimmell was named the 2013 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division II National Coach of the Year.
He transformed a 3-7 team in 2011 into a 7-5 squad his first year as a head coach. While compiling a 17-7 overall regular-season record, Stimmel produced four All-Americans and had the conference’s best face-off percentage.
A two-year starter as a defensive midfielder for OSU, Stimmel was the 2010 team defensive MVP and the 2009 Buckeye Power Club Award Winner. He was also a three-time scholar-athlete recipient and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten.
Stimmel, who was taken by the Ohio Machine in the MLL Supplemental Draft, has also been the director of curriculum and co-director of recruiting for Low and Away Lacrosse Camps in Pittsburgh.
Additional coaching experience came with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Lacrosse as head coach of the 2011 U-15 National Developmental Program. That team won a national title while he served as an assistant on the 2010 U-17 and U-19 squads that also won national championships.
Stimmel and his wife, Vanessa, live in Milford.