Below is a press release from Austin Prep:
READING, MA — Austin Preparatory School has appointed Meredith Prior as the school’s new Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach. Prior comes to Austin Prep after achieving considerable success at the high school and club level, as well as experience as a former intercollegiate student-athlete.
“I’m extremely pleased to welcome Meredith Prior to Austin Prep as our Head Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach,” Director of Athletics Patrick Driscoll said. “She is a proven leader, who has excelled in all aspects of her career as a player, director of player development and head coach. She has the determination, experience and an Augustinian foundation to lead our Girls Lacrosse program to the next level.”
Prior has spent the last six years as the head coach at North Andover High School, where she took the helm in 2014. During her tenure, North Andover tallied a record of 105-34-1. Prior led the Scarlet Knights to four Merrimack Valley Conference Championships, three straight North Division 1 titles, three State semifinals, and a Division 1 State Championship. Additionally, she was named the Boston Globe Massachusetts Division 1 Coach of the Year in 2014 and Eagle Tribune Coach of the Year three times. Finally, in 2018, she was named one of 50 national recipients of the Double Goal Coach Award through Positive Coaching Alliance.
“I am honored to be named the Austin Prep Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach and I thank Headmaster Dr. James Hickey, Patrick Driscoll and the Board of Trustees for their support and confidence,” Prior said. “The girls lacrosse team is on the cusp of greatness and with continued hard work and dedication from the players and the coaching staff I believe the team will have a new opportunity to become a powerhouse in the coming years. I am looking forward to joining the Austin community and helping the student-athletes as they follow their passion for the game of lacrosse.”
Outside of coaching at the high school level, Prior has been active on the club lacrosse scene, serving as the Director of Player Development and College Recruiter Director with the Storm Lacrosse Club, as well as serving as a coach at the US Lacrosse National Tournament twice.
Originally from Southern Connecticut, Prior was a four-year letter winner in women’s lacrosse at Merrimack College before entering into coaching.
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