Greg Raymond Leaves Princeton To Become Head Men's Lacrosse Coach At Hobart
Greg Raymond's tenure with the Princeton men's lacrosse spanned two head coaches and six seasons and included nine All-Ivy League and nine All-America selections coached directly by him.
And now that tenure is ending.
Raymond will be leaving Princeton to become the head coach at Hobart, located not far from his hometown of Corning, N.Y. Raymond has served as Princeton's defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.
"After a comprehensive national search, it was clear that Coach Raymond possesses a passion for the game, an ability to connect with and motivate student-athletes, and an understanding and respect for the tradition of Hobart lacrosse," says Hobart and William Smith President Mark D. Gearan. "Just as importantly, he clearly comprehends the importance of academics in the lives of our student-athletes, an understanding that will enable him to have great success with the program."
Raymond spent two years working under Bill Tierney at Princeton and then spent one year at Drexel under Chris Bates. When Tierney left Princeton for Denver and Bates took over the Tiger program, he brought Raymond back to Princeton with him.
In his four seasons with Bates, Raymond helped Princeton to two Ivy League championships, two NCAA tournaments, three Ivy League tournament championship games and one Ivy tournament title.
"I'm going to miss Princeton more than most people may know," Raymond said. "It has provided me outstanding coaching experience, taught me how to recruit at one of the highest, more unique levels in this sport and helped me build relationships with some of the most outstanding people I have ever met. The thank you's I owe Princeton University are immeasurable. Coach Bates has been the very best mentor a young Coach could want or need. It is because of his leadership I am in this very fortunate position. The unlimited passion with which Gary Walters leads this department is one I have always deeply valued and been overly impressed with. All employees are part of a Family in Princeton Athletics, and the many values I've gathered through our 'Education through Athletics' approach will be carried with me in all future endeavors."
Raymond is a 2005 graduate of Johns Hopkins, where he was a three-time captain and a longstick midfielder on the Blue Jays NCAA championship team his senior year. He played three seasons for the New Jersey Pride of Major League Lacrosse.
His time at Princeton included two international trips, to Spain and Ireland in 2008 and Costa Rica in 2012.
Raymond's wife MIchelle is a former lacrosse player at Hobart's sister school, William Smith.
"Hobart is getting not only a wonderful coach but also an outstanding man of the very highest character to lead its program," Bates said. "I have had the privilege of working with Greg for the last five years at both Drexel and Princeton. I respect him as an exceptional coach and mentor to student-athletes, and I consider him family to me and my son. While we certainly will miss Greg, this is a special opportunity for him to take the reigns of a storied program. I could not be more proud to watch him take over and put his mark on the next successful era of Hobart lacrosse."
Hobart went 6-8 in 2013, including 3-3 in its final season in the ECAC. Hobart will play in the Northeast Conference for men's lacrosse beginning in 2014.