Stimmel Named MLAX Defensive Coordinator

Andrew Stimmel, a former defensive midfielder at OSU, will serve as MU's defensive coordinator.
June 16, 2015

MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University head coach Joe Amplo has announced the addition of Andrew Stimmel as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator on the men's lacrosse coaching staff.

Stimmel will assist Amplo with the defensive unit and work with the Marquette goalies and face-off specialists.

"After a very thoughtful and deliberate search where many members of our organization had input, Andrew emerged as the perfect fit for Marquette Lacrosse," Amplo said. "As a member of one of the most respected coaching staffs in Division I lacrosse, he made an impact that helped Yale be considered among the nation's elite and compete in the NCAA tournament. Those experiences, his work ethic and personality are certain to be influential as he takes the next step in his career at Marquette. Andrew is more than ready to take ownership for the defense and look to improve two of our most important areas in goaltending and face-offs. I am extremely excited to welcome Andrew and his wife Vanessa to Marquette University."

Stimmel served as an assistant coach at Yale for the last two seasons, working with a defense that ranked in the top-20 in goals-against average and man-down defense during both campaigns. His 2014 face-off group also ranked 13th in NCAA Division I by winning 57.9 percent of its draws to lead the Ivy League.

The Bulldogs (11-5) finished the 2015 season ranked 10th in the final Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and ended the year ninth in goals against, allowing the opposition just 8.13 goals per contest behind All-Ivy League goalie Eric Natale. Yale won the Ivy League tournament by topping then-No. 9 Brown and then-No. 15 Princeton before falling to national finalist Maryland, 8-7, in the NCAA First Round.

He also served this past year with the Bulldogs as the Director of Player Development, a role which was created for him in the fall of 2014. In the position, Stimmel assisted 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 served as the team's community service coordinator and worked in conjunction with the strength and athletic training staff.


 

 

In 2014, the captain of the 2010 Ohio State lacrosse team, volunteered as the Bulldogs' goalie coach. 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 and face-offs.

Stimmel served as head coach at Grove City (Pa.) College for two seasons (2012-13) prior to his work at Yale and led the Wolverines to an Elite 8 appearance in the 2013 national tournament. His squad finished fifth in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Poll after a 10-2 regular season and earned 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 at 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 selection.

Stimmel, who was taken by the Ohio Machine in the 2013 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 also he served as an assistant on the 2010 U-17 and U-19 squads that also won national championships.

Stimmel and his wife, Vanessa, were married in 2012.

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