Carly Ritchlin

Ritchlin brings with her a wealth of collegiate coaching experience & success, as she has been named the new women's lacrosse head coach.

Ritchlin has amassed over 200 career victories over her 19-year coaching career, with the last 18 being at nearby SUNY Geneseo. She ranks among the top-20 active coaches in Division III in career wins. Her career record following the 2021 season is 204-90, for a winning percentage of .694.

"Carly is one of the best coaches in the country," says Rochester Executive Director of Athletics George VanderZwaag. "She is an accomplished educator with the experience to further develop our program in a way that reflects the overall quality of our University. We are extremely excited to have her on our team."

While at Geneseo, Ritchlin led the Knights to the NCAA Division III Tournament twice in 2013 and 2014, earning the schools first ever NCAA appearances. In addition, she guided Geneseo to the SUNYAC Championship game six times and was named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year twice, in 2013 and 2018.

After joining the Geneseo coaching staff in 2004, Ritchlin immediately helped the Knights reach the SUNYAC final and advance to the ECAC Tournament. The following season, Geneseo again reached the SUNYAC title game and were ECAC Tournament champions.

She led the Knights to ten or more wins 13 times, including a program-record 17 wins in 2014.

"I would like to thank the Executive Director of Athletics, George VanderZwaag, for the opportunity to join the athletic department as the new Women's Lacrosse Head Coach," says Ritchlin. "The support and resources provided by the University of Rochester for the staff and athletes align with my philosophy of creating an environment in which players can thrive, both on and off the field. I am really excited to be in a position to lead the women's lacrosse program and am looking forward to meeting the team, so we can hit the ground running this fall. "

Individuals under Ritchlin also have succeeded in a multitude of ways. Five were IWLCA All-Americans, 27 were selected as All-Region and 91 were members of the All-SUNYAC squad.

Additionally, she coached 24 players who earned IWLCA Academic Honor Roll distinction and saw her team earn the IWLCA Academic Honor Squad award eight times, including the last seven years in a row.

Prior to joining Geneseo, Ritchlin was head coach at RIT for one season in 2003, leading the Tigers to five wins while having three players garner All-Empire 8 status.