Former MAU coach Reif to lead Green Mountain College

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POULTNEY — Green Mountain College Director of Athletics Kip Shipley announced on Tuesday that Paul Reif was hired as the new head men's lacrosse coach. He becomes the ninth head coach in program history and also takes over as the department's Director of Facilities.

"Paul Reif was a terrific fit for our head men's lacrosse coaching position having had experience coaching youth lacrosse in Vermont as well as coaching high caliber collegiate lacrosse at the University of Arizona," said Shipley in a press release. "He brings a passion for the game of lacrosse, is well-respected both regionally and nationally, and understands the importance of having well-rounded students involved in the community."

Prior to arriving at Green Mountain, Reif had been the assistant men's lacrosse coach at the University of Arizona from the fall of 2015 to June 2017 where he they had a record of 11-12 as part of the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA).

In 2017, the team narrowly lost in the MCLA national tournament to the University of California-Santa Barbara 11-10. UC Santa Barbara was then beat by Grand Canyon, the eventual national champions. Over the course of two seasons at Arizona, Reif coached five MCLA Division I All-Americans.

Before heading to coach college lacrosse, Reif served as the Mount Anthony varsity boys lacrosse head coach from 2012 until 2015 where he amassed a record of 46-25, including a 15-3 mark in 2013 and a Division I semifinal appearance.

Reif was named the US Lacrosse Vermont State Head Coach of the Year the following year in 2014. During his time at MAU, he helped to develop seven US Lacrosse All-Americans.

Prior to being named the varsity head coach with the Patriots, Reif had served as the junior varsity head lacrosse coach with MAU from 2007-2011 during which he picked up another US Lacrosse Vermont State Coach of the Year award for assistant coach of the year in 2010.

During his tenure as a high school lacrosse coach, Reif also was a part of youth development through the Vermont Rising Star and Vermont Senior Showcase events where he was a coach in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Reif began coaching lacrosse when he was still in college as the U-12 coach for Mt. Anthony Youth Lacrosse Association in 2001 and also coached the U-14 group in 2003.

Reif's interest in lacrosse stems from his father, Thomas Reif, who played lacrosse at Union College from 1968-72. Another influence on his lacrosse career is Chris Shea who brought lacrosse to Bennington in 1996, and was the coach that Reif played for from 1997-2000 at MAU.

Reif is excited to begin his career at Green Mountain which will start with fall ball over the next few weeks.

"I would like to thank Athletic Director Shipley, President Allen and the entire administration for the opportunity to lead the student-athletes of the Eagles men's lacrosse program," said Reif. "Green Mountain College has a rich tradition and the sky is the limit for the success these student-athletes can have academically, athletically and in life. I am very excited for the challenge to develop this program as a national championship contender for years to come; while helping give our student-athletes the tools they will need to be positive and contributing members of their community. I believe that with hard work this program has the potential to develop into a premier destination for lacrosse student-athletes across the nation."


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