Andy Copelan Named Waterdogs LC Head Coach

(Photo Courtesy of Fairfield Athletics)

The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) has announced that Andy Copelan will be the head coach of Waterdogs LC, the league’s seventh team that is set to start play in 2020. 

Chris Jastrzembski of College Crosse initially reported that Copelan would be the head coach of Waterdogs LC just a few hours following the unveiling of the team’s logo and branding by the league. 

Copelan, who is currently the boy’s head lacrosse coach and an administrator at Greenwich Country Day School (Conn.), just stepped down as the head men’s lacrosse coach at Fairfield back in May of 2019.

He served as the head coach at Fairfield from 2009-2019 and helped lead the Stags to an 87-78 overall record during his reign and took them to their first-ever CAA championship game appearance in 2016. Copelan also led Fairfield to back-to-back CAA regular-season championships in 2014 and 2015 with Copelan being named the CAA Coach of The Year after that 2015 season. 

Prior to his time at Fairfield, Copelan was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Maryland. He was also the head coach at Marist for two seasons (2004,2005). He played in college at Bucknell, where he graduated in 2003. 

Copelan now becomes the third head coaching hire in the PLL this offseason, including Ben Rubeor taking over as the head coach of Atlas LC and Tim Soudan being named the next head coach of Chrome LC. 

Copelan will know what his Waterdogs roster looks like following the PLL Expansion Draft on February 12th. He will be able to select 18 players from a pool of players left unprotected by their respective clubs. Each club can only lose a maximum of four players in the expansion draft. 

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