DURHAM, N.H. – Erin Rigby has been hired, effective immediately, as an assistant coach for the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse program. The announcement was made Monday by UNH women's lax head coach Sarah Albrecht.
"We are very excited to have Erin on staff," third-year head coach Albrecht said. "She has gained valuable experience in her college playing career and her coaching career. I look forward to the knowledge she will bring to the program and the development she will bring to our players at an important time in our program's history. Her excitement and energy for not only the program but the sport of lacrosse will be a great asset moving forward."
Rigby was an assistant coach at Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) the past two seasons (2013 and 2014), during which time her responsibilities included assisting with recruitment, planning and implementing practice sessions and film breakdown.
She helped the Thoroughbreds to a three-game improvement both overall and in the Liberty League from '13 to '14. And under Rigby's tutelage, freshman midfielder Tyler Phillips garnered All-Conference First Team and Rookie of the Year accolades as well as IWLCA Empire All-Region Second Team recognition.
Rigby has also been a coach for the Midwestern Force Lacrosse Club since September 2012. She coached at various recruiting tournaments, recruited and managed a squad of 20+ high school girls.
"I am very thrilled to have the opportunity to become part of the Wildcat family," Rigby said. "I just want to say a quick thank you to Skidmore and to Elizabeth Ghilardi and Gail Cummings-Danson for their leadership and support. I am excited to work with Sarah and Eileen (Finn), meet the team and get started right away. I am very thankful and grateful for this opportunity and look forward to an exciting year at UNH."
Prior to her stint at Skidmore, Rigby was in England for more than a year. (January 2011 to April 2012). She began her overseas experience as the School Coaching Officer at Prestfelde School, where she coached four different age groups and developed the first informal lacrosse club in the Shropshire region.
Then in August 2011, Rigby started working for the English Lacrosse Association as the West Midlands Development Officer. While there, she led the University of Birmingham to a runner-up finish in the BUCS tournament (equivalent to NCAA). Rigby also trained the University of Warwick women's lax team and started the University of Worcester men's lacrosse team. Furthermore, she guided the Malvern St. James Girls School U-18 Team to fifth place at the National Schools Tournament in London, managed and coached the 3 Counties Lacrosse Club, and developed lacrosse in more than 25 primary and secondary schools in the Midlands region.
Rigby was a four-year starter and senior captain at Fairfield University, where she graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She helped lead the Stags to three MAAC titles and the first NCAA tournament appearance in program history. Rigby, who capped her career by competing at the IWLCA North-South All-Star game, compiled 190 points to rank second in Fairfield history; she also remains among the top five in goals, assists, draw controls and points per game. Her collegiate accolades included MAAC All-Academic Team (twice) and All-Conference First Team.