Changes for Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse
Mike Waldvogel has announced that he will transition from his post as Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Fairfield University following the 2015 season. Waldvogel will remain with the program as Coordinator of Women’s Lacrosse Operations with Laura Field assuming head coaching duties at the conclusion of the campaign.
“I am excited for the future of the women’s lacrosse program under the guidance of Laura Field,” said Waldvogel. “I also look forward to assuming a new role within the program, where I can continue to aid in the growth of Fairfield women’s lacrosse and the extraordinary student-athletes that pass through our program.”
Currently the Associate Head Coach at Fairfield, Field will enter her third season at that position and seventh overall with the Stags in 2015. She previously coached eight campaigns at Yale University, including an 11-5 season as interim head coach in 2008 that saw the Bulldogs finish at No. 17 in the national poll. All told, Field helped guide Yale to a final top-20 national ranking six times, including a seventh place ranking following the 2003 season. That year, Yale posted a 13-3 mark and captured the Ivy League title en route to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
“I am honored and excited to be the next head coach of Fairfield women’s lacrosse,” said Field. “Mike has been a great mentor and friend, and I look forward to working with him as we continue to build our program.”
The upcoming 2015 season will be the seventh as head coach for Waldvogel and his eighth with the program overall. His tenure with the Stags has included the most successful stretch in program history, encompassing the program’s two winningest seasons, an NCAA Tournament berth, a program-record 17-game winning streak and 30 consecutive regular-season victories over Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) foes.
Waldvogel is a lacrosse legend, both as a player and coach, having spent nearly half a century involved in the sport. His résumé includes more than 200 collegiate victories (222-160) between his time at Fairfield and Yale and four NCAA Tournament appearances. Waldvogel was named the MAAC Coach of the Year following the 2012 campaign, the third time in his Fairfield tenure that he has received the honor from his peers.
“Mike Waldvogel has developed Fairfield women’s lacrosse into one of the most successful programs in the MAAC,” said Director of Athletics Eugene P. Doris. “I am confident that Laura Field will continue that tradition of excellence both on the field and in the classroom.”
The Stags’ 2015 season will also be the team’s first inside Rafferty Stadium.
The construction of Rafferty Stadium was made possible through the generosity of Fairfield alumni, parents and friends. The stadium is named in recognition of the principal leadership gift from Larry Rafferty ’64 and his family, and the field is named in recognition of a gift from Tim Conway ’76 and family. Several other locations, such as the grandstands, concession areas, media suite, VIP suites and team rooms, are named to recognize major supporters and contributors to the project. A plaque inside Rafferty Stadium will recognize the support of additional donors.