Quinn To Be Next Director of Athletics
May 4, 2006
Middlebury College Men's Lacrosse Coach Erin Quinn has been named the school's new director of athletics. Quinn will continue to lead the men's lacrosse program through the current season and assume his new duties on July 1. He will succeed nine-year Director of Athletics Russ Reilly, who will retire on June 30 after 29 years of service to the college.
"I am thrilled to take this next step in my career at Middlebury College," said Quinn. "We have an outstanding staff and I look forward to working with them to serve the athletic department, the students and Middlebury College."
Quinn was chosen from several impressive candidates after a lengthy national search. "One of the benefits of participating in a search like this is that one gets a bird's eye view of the field," said chair of the search committee and Dean of the College Tim Spears. "In this case, the search committee was impressed by all of the candidates' strong endorsement of the ideals behind Division III athletics, in particular the NESCAC way of doing things. In appointing Erin Quinn as the next director of athletics, we can have confidence that Middlebury will stay close to these ideals and make whatever adjustments are necessary for the college to maintain the proper balance between athletics and academics."
Throughout his time at Middlebury, Quinn has been involved in many other endeavors off the field. He is nationally respected as an advocate for the growth of lacrosse and has been a sought-after clinician and speaker for several years. He was the winner of an outstanding contribution award in 2004, given by the Vermont chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse organization. Quinn has been involved with several local charities, volunteering time as well as fundraising.
Quinn addresses the media at a press conference in Kenyon Lounge on Thursday as Dean of the College Tim Spears looks on.
"We are most fortunate to have within our ranks an individual of such integrity, talent, energy and passion as Erin Quinn to appoint to the important position of director of athletics," said Middlebury College President Ronald D. Liebowitz. "Erin stood out among an extremely strong group of final candidates. We believe, as a result of his experience and knowledge of Middlebury and Division III athletics, he will maintain our program's excellence, while taking an innovative approach to leading Middlebury through the numerous challenges facing athletics in higher education, and the requisite changes those challenges will require."
Quinn is a 1986 graduate of Middlebury College, where he was a member of the football team, captaining the squad his senior year. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, working with the lacrosse and football programs in the year following his graduation. After a year at Middlebury, Quinn moved on to Tufts University, where he was an assistant coach in lacrosse and football while earning his master's degree in teaching. After two years at Tufts, Quinn landed his first head coaching job, heading up the men's lacrosse program at Lake Forest College in Illinois. Following a year at Lake Forest, Quinn returned to Middlebury in 1990 as an assistant coach in lacrosse and football. The following year he was named head coach of the men's lacrosse team, while continuing his football duties.
Quinn is now in the midst of his 15th and final season as the head coach of the men's lacrosse team, where he has amassed an amazing 199-37 record. His .843 winning percentage is second among his peers in the history of Division III lacrosse. He has led the team to nine NCAA tournament appearances in the last 10 seasons, while capturing all five NESCAC championships. Three years ago, his team won its third straight NCAA championship (2000, 2001, 2002), while setting a school record with 18 wins. He also led the team to ECAC championships in 1992, 1995 and 1997.
Quinn is a four-time winner of the NEILA (New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) Division III Coach of the Year award, earning the College Lacrosse USA Division III National Coach of the Year award in 2001. He also earned NESCAC coach of the year honors in 2004. Quinn was elected to the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2003 and his teams have twice won the James "Ace" Adams Sportsmanship Award from the National Intercollegiate Lacrosse Officials Association (NIOLA).
"The most difficult part of considering this move was the prospect of losing the day-to-day contact with the student-athletes I have coached at Middlebury," said Quinn. "I know my relationships with them cannot be the same as they were as a coach, but I look forward to the opportunity to establish meaningful relationships in this new role and to still serve the student-athletes albeit in a different way."
Quinn and Pam, his wife of 15 years, reside in Middlebury with their daughter Hannah (11) and son Connor (9). His father-in-law, Tom Lawson, was the director of athletics at Middlebury from 1977-1996.