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Hampton head coach Rashad Devoe is set to become the next head coach of the Amherst Mammoths. Terry Foy of Inside Lacrosse was the first to report the news.
Devoe just finished his first season at Hampton, where he was the second head coach in the program’s history. Under Devoe, the Pirates went 0-6 but faced the most DI opponents in a single season since the program was elevated from club to varsity level in 2016.
Prior to his stint at Hampton, Devoe served as the head coach at the U.S. Naval Academy Prep School. He also made stops at Beloit (DIII), where he served as the head coach from 2016-2018, and at Colby and Southwestern as an assistant coach.
Devoe takes over a program at Amherst that made an NCAA DIII Championship game appearance in 2019 and boasted a 3-1 record and No. 2 ranking at the time the 2020 season was cut short due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
However, the Mammoth’s made many headlines for the wrong reasons this spring, as former Mammoth head coach Jon Thompson was fired and the university put sanctions on the program, including a postseason ban in 2021 and no formal team gatherings until Nov. 1st, following a very disturbing racial altercation that involved members of the men’s lacrosse team.
Additionally, Devoe arriving at Amherst marks his homecoming to the NESCAC, which has traditionally been the toughest conference in DIII, since he left Colby following the 2015 season. The Mules made the NESCAC Tournament two of the three seasons he was on staff at Colby under the late, great Jack Sandler.