DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson College Director of Athletics Jim Murphy announced the hiring of Andy Lausier as the 12th head coach of the wrestling program on Thursday, April 21.
“We are thrilled that Andy has accepted our offer to join the Davidson community,” said Murphy. “He brings a significant breadth of skills to our wrestling program and we welcome Andy and his family.”
Lausier joins the Wildcats after serving four years as head coach at Sacred Heart University. While at SHU, Lausier helped lead only the second-ever Pioneer grappler in program history to place in the EIWA Championships.
“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to lead Davidson College wrestling. I would like to thank Jim Murphy, Scott Applegate and the entire search committee for trusting me with the future of Davidson wrestling,” said Lausier.
Prior to SHU, Lausier served as the head assistant at Princeton University for four seasons and proved to be an instrumental piece in rebuilding the Tiger wrestling program.
Lausier began his coaching career at Stevens Technical Institute, where he built the program from the ground up as the school’s first head coach. He saw immediate results as the Ducks competed in three consecutive NCAA tournaments in the first three campaigns. For his efforts, Lausier was named the Centennial Conference Rookie Coach of the Year. Under Lausier, the Ducks boasted a Centennial Conference Wrestler of the Year and a pair of Scholar All-Americans and reached as high as seventh in the NWCA All-Academic team rankings.
A 2001 graduate of Lycoming College, Lausier was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. Lausier was a three-time NCAA qualifier and earned All-America status in 2000 at 197 pounds.
“After visiting Davidson and spending time with members of the campus community, I walked away with two absolute certainties: Davidson College is a very, very special place and the Wildcats have a very, very bright future in wrestling. I am absolutely thrilled and cannot wait to get to work.”