As the Statesmen prepare for the NCAA tournament, Inside Lacrosse profiled Hobart Lacrosse Head Coach Greg Raymond and the accomplishments of the Statesmen under his leadership, both on and off the field.
Described in the article as “an old-school stickler for discipline and fundamentals” with “an uncanny knack for mining and developing talent,” Raymond joined the Statesmen as head coach in July of 2013, following four seasons as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Princeton University. He has led the Statesmen to the Northeast Conference Tournament (NEC) finals in two of his three years as head coach.
This month, he led the Statesmen to victory in the NEC, upsetting four-time defending conference champion Bryant University in the semifinals and the No. 1 seeded Saint Joseph’s University in the championship.
As a result, Hobart will play in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004, facing Towson University on Wednesday, May 11, beginning at 4 p.m.
Inside Lacrosse predicts that in the tournament, Hobart “can be competitive with any team in the country,” though Raymond wants to build on this season’s triumphs: “We’re not just happy to be here…We’re not the type of team that’s happy to be anywhere. We’re the type of team that wants to go out and win.”
Raymond got his start in collegiate coaching in 2006, serving as an assistant for legendary Head Coach Bill Tierney at Princeton. In 2006 and 2007, the Princeton team earned NCAA tournament bids, reaching the quarterfinal round in 2006. Raymond served as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Drexel University during 2008-09, helping the Dragons earn a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. He has mentored nine All-Americans, nine All-Ivy League student-athletes and, as he notes in the Inside Lacrosse article, currently coaches a Statesmen team with an average “3.1 GPA, which is the highest cumulative GPA since we got here. These kids carry themselves like adults and know the value of a Hobart education.”
Raymond graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor’s in sociology. On the lacrosse field, he was a long-stick midfielder for the Blue Jays, serving as a team captain in 2003, 2004 and 2005. As a senior, Raymond and his teammates posted a 16-0 record and won the national championship. Following graduation, Raymond played three seasons for the MLL’s New Jersey Pride.
A native of Corning, N.Y., Raymond is married to Michelle Steigerwald, a 2004 graduate of William Smith and a former Heron lacrosse player.