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August 21, 2003

PSU names new Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State University has hired a new head men's lacrosse coach for the upcoming season.

The new coach is Andrew Brauch, an assistant coach for the Panthers last spring. He takes over from John Pynchon, who served as Plymouth State's head coach the past year.

Brauch has also been coaching lacrosse at Hanover High School (N.H.) since 2001, serving as head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach. He also has coaching experience at Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara, Cal., as well as lacrosse camps in New Jersey and New Hampshire.

"I am very happy to become the head men's lacrosse coach at Plymouth State," said Brauch. "Having worked with the team last year, I am aware of the potential of this program and look forward to the opportunity to help build it. I will strive to motivate and prepare players for situations both on and off the field."

A 1999 graduate of the University of New Hampshire as a Sociology major, Brauch is working towards a Master of Education degree at PSU. He also worked as a fitness trainer for two years while at UNH.

"We're very pleased to have Andrew Brauch take over as the head men's lacrosse coach," said PSU athletic director John P. Clark. "He was highly recommended by John Pynchon, who was our head coach last year. We think Coach Brauch will be a good fit for our team."

Brauch inherits a PSU program that made three straight Pilgrim League playoff berths from 1998-00 and earned an ECAC New England Tournament berth in 2001, but slipped to 4-10 and 5-10 the past two seasons.

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