Andy Lausier, the former head wrestling coach at Stevens Institute of Technology for four seasons and a former All-America at Lycoming College, is in his third season as assistant wrestling coach at Princeton University. Along with head coach Chris Ayres, Lausier is leading the rebuilding efforts at Princeton, which were highlighted during the 2009-10 season with nine team wins, including three in the Ivy League, and an NCAA qualifier in 125-pound freshman Garrett Frey.
Princeton's three Ivy wins in 2009-10 assured the Tigers their first winning Ivy League season since 1987; earning an NCAA qualifier was a first since 2005.
Lausier led the successful reinstatement of the Stevens Tech wrestling program in the past four years, building the program from scratch (it had been discontinued in 1992) into a team that made three consecutive NCAA Division III championship appearances. He also led Stevens to 12 dual-meet victories in three seasons.
“Andy’s experience is unique in that he took over a program that had been dropped and in four short years made Stevens one of the top competitors in Division III wrestling,” says Princeton head coach Chris Ayres. “That understanding of running a successful program, as well as his dedication, hard work and passion, will make him an extremely valuable asset to our program.”
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join Coach Ayres and Princeton wrestling and to work at one of the finest institutions in the nation,” Lausier says. “I’m committed to working tirelessly to achieve all of our goals as a team both on and off the mat.”
While at Stevens, Lausier also coached seven conference finalists in three seasons and the 2007 Centennial Conference Wrestler of the Year. His 2006-07 squad finished seventh nationally among Division III wrestling programs with a 3.31 team grade-point average, earning Scholar All-America honors. He also was named the Centennial Conference Rookie Coach of the Year in 2005.
Before heading to Stevens, Lausier spent two seasons as a graduate assistant wrestling coach at The College of New Jersey, where he coached a national champion and five All-Americas. He worked daily with athletes on skill development as well as assisted in the management of TCNJ summer wrestling camps. He earned a master’s degree in education from TCNJ in 2003.
Lausier had a collegiate career record of 121-29 as a wrestler at Lycoming, where he graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He earned All-America honors at 197 lbs. in 2000 and qualified for the NCAA championships three times. During the summer of 2009, he was voted to the Lycoming Athletics Hall of Fame.
The native of Naperville, Ill., was a three-time team-captain and Middle Atlantic Conference champion at Lycoming. He also was a member of an NCAA Division III International All-Star team in both 1997 and 1998 and spent the summer of 2000 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.