Coaching Staff

HEAD COACH TOM CARMEAN

Tom Carmean

Coach Tom Carmean enters his third season with the women's program after five years as assistant coach in the men's program. In his two previous seasons as the head of the women's team, Carmean has led Amherst to 18-28 record in dual matches, highlighted by an impressive second place finish in the 2007 Walker Cup. During his tenure, the Lord Jeffs have continually been ranked in the nation's top-20, and begin the 2007-08 season with a shot at the top-15.

The head lacrosse coach, his move from co-head coach to the top slot on the sidelines paid immediate dividends in 2001, as a reborn men's lacrosse program jumped out to an impressive 5-1 start, followed by a 9-7 campaign in 2002, a 10-5 mark in 2003, an 11-5 season in 2004 and an 11-4 slate in 2005, showing signs that a future in the NESCAC's upper echelon is immanent. Carmean - a three-time All-America at the University of Massachusetts and veteran of 11 seasons in professional lacrosse - draws from a wealth of experience in the college and pro game. During a standout collegiate playing career, he was recognized as one of the top attackmen in the nation, twice leading the Minutemen to the NCAA Quarterfinals before graduating with a degree in English in 1988. From there, he tutored his former UMass teammates as a graduate assistant coach, earning a master's degree in education in 1992. In 10 seasons of pro indoor lacrosse, Carmean was a five-time All-League selection and led the Major Indoor Lacrosse League's Boston Blazers to a trio of appearances in the League Championship Series. He also suited up for the M.I.L.L.'s New York Saints and Rochester Nighthawks, and played with the Bridgeport Barrage, an outdoor professional team, in 2003. Along the way, the Ithaca, N.Y., native coached three seasons at nearby South Hadley High School before accepting an assistant coaching position at Amherst in 1999.

ASSISTANT COACH SARAH HARPER

Harper

After a successful playing career for the Amherst women's squash and golf teams, Sarah Harper joins the Lord Jeff coaching staff as the 2007-08 Hitchcock Fellow. Harper joined the squash program at Amherst during the 2003-04 season and climbed the rankings, rising from number 13 to five during her four-year career. She also earned a spot on the 2006-07 CSA All-Scholar Team. As the college's top golfer, Harper led the way for the Lord Jeffs at the 2006 NESCAC Championships, taking home the individual title to boost Amherst into third place, making her lone victory of the year a significant one. In 10 events last year, Harper had six top-five finishes, and placed outside of the top-10 just twice; she tied for 13th place in two events, including an impressive performance at the NCAA Championships, where she had the best finish among the NESCAC golfers. For her success, Harper was named to the NGCA East All-Region Team, and also received Duramed FUTURES Tour NGCA Division III All-America Honorable Mention honors.