NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Making the jump from Lafayette College was a 'no brainer' for new ODU field hockey coach Andrew Griffiths. After six years and two Patriot League titles, Griffiths was up for a new challenge.
"ODU has a great history with the sport. Great tradition. So when the job came open, I thought, great tradition, great facilities and something I wanted to go after from where I was," he said.
Griffiths has a tough act to follow. He takes over for legendary ODU head coach Beth Anders, who in 30 years, led the Monarchs to an NCAA record nine national championships.
Anders' 561 career wins are the most of any coach in the sport in NCAA Division I history.
"I've known Beth for quite a while and have worked with her for sometime on the National Team, so I knew the foundation and fundaments that she built so obviously I would be taking over a program in good shape. But of course I have heard the big shoes thing, but I wanted to come in here and do my thing with it," said Griffiths.
Griffiths played internationally as a member of the Canadian men's national team, appearing in 214 international games, including the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
This year's team is ranked 20th in the country, but Griffiths has higher expectations for the program.
"I think it takes a fair bit of time to get your program with the culture that matches your expectations and I think it will take a little bit of time, but with that said, I think we have a great team. We have a great personality on this team."
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