Sandy Bridgeman is in her third season as the head women’s lacrosse coach in 2018-19. She came to Plymouth State in August of 2016 after making a name for herself in the Granite State as head coach at the University of New Hampshire for 13 years. She also gained valuable coaching experience the past several years as girls lacrosse coach at Kingswood Regional High School, as well as serving as Women’s Dutch National Team head coach. Bridgeman also has experience coaching field hockey at Brewster Academy.
It didn't take long for Bridgeman to leave her mark on the program. In 2017, her first season at the helm, she directed the Panthers to an 11-4 overall mark and a 5-1 record in Little East Conference games. PSU earned the second seed for the LEC Tournament, knocking off Keene State College in the semifinals, 9-8, before topping Eastern Connecticut State by a narrow 13-12 margin to win the LEC championship for the sixth time in program history. Plymouth fell to Middlebury College in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
Bridgeman and the Panthers were even better in 2018. The team went 14-4 overall, including a perfect 6-0 in the LEC to claim the regular season title and top seed for the LEC Tournament. After a 15-12 win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the semifinals, the Panthers completed the repeat, cruising past Eastern Connecticut, 19-8, in the title game. PSU advanced to the NCAA Tournament, falling to #17 Cortland State in the opening round.
Prior to joining the PSU coaching staff, Bridgeman guided the UNH program from 1996-2009, qualifying for two Division I NCAA Championship appearances (2004, 2008) and recording a conference-record 12 consecutive America East tournament appearances. She led Wildcat teams to a combined record of 123-105, developing six All-Americans and numerous All-Conference players. Bridgeman was the womenslacrosse.com Division I National Coach of the Year in 2008, the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Northeast Regional Coach of the Year in 2004, and the America East Coach of the Year three times.
Bridgeman also served as head women’s lacrosse coach at Longwood College in Farmville, Va., from 1990-94, leading the squad to its only undefeated season; and Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., from 1994-96, guiding the team to its first ECAC Tournament berth.
"I am truly grateful and excited to be the next women's lacrosse coach at Plymouth State University,” said Bridgeman. “I want to thank Athletic Director Kim Bownes and the selection committee for giving me this chance and I look forward to being a part of the PSU family. The women’s lacrosse program at Plymouth State has a history of being incredibly competitive and I look forward to continuing and building upon that tradition of success."