Maura Ellins

Rivier University Athletic Director Joanne Merrill has named Maura Ellins as the new Head Coach for Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse.

Ellins becomes just the fourth full-time Head Coach in each program’s history.

Ellins joins the Raiders after a stellar coaching career at the high school level. She was the Head Coach for the Windham (N.H.) High School Girls Lacrosse team that has made appearances in the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) Division II State Championship Tournament in each of the last five years (2015-2019). Ellins squad captured the 2015 NHIAA State Championship and she was also named the 2015 Eagle-Tribune Coach of the Year.

“I am extremely excited and honored to be joining the Rivier community as the next head women's field hockey and lacrosse coach.” Ellins said upon her hiring. “I want to thank Athletic Director Joanne Merrill for giving me this incredible opportunity. I have been fortunate enough to have worked alongside and been mentored by knowledgeable and talented coaches throughout my career. I plan to use that knowledge and experience to continue the great work of the previous coaches of both programs and help our student-athletes strive for excellence on the field and in the classroom.”

She is no stranger to the southern New Hampshire area. Ellins graduated from Pinkerton Academy in Derry before moving on to Southern New Hampshire University, where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. While at SNHU, Ellins enjoyed a fine playing career on the Women’s Lacrosse team as she help guide the Penman to four consecutive Northeast-10 Conference semifinals and a championship game appearance. She was named to the NE-10 All-Tournament team twice along with being named the SNHU Female Sportsmanship Award recipient and a member of the NE-10 All-Academic team.

At Pinkerton, Ellins was a three-year captain in which she recorded the school-record of 229 goals in her four-year career. She was named to the New Hampshire All-State team in all four years and was also a two-time high school All-American. Ellins was the catalyst on the Astros’ 2004 State Championship team and she also led the team back to the finals in 2005.

Ellins continued “I believe that everyone in the athletics department has the same goal for our athletes; help them find success on the field while teaching them important life lessons that they can carry into their future endeavors. I am eager to get started and to continue to build on programs that already have solid foundations and add even more to what is already an amazing college and community.”