Taryn VanThof Named New Arizona State Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach

Taryn VanThof was introduced Wednesday as the new head coach of Arizona State’s women’s lacrosse team.

Prior to ASU, VanThof served as an assistant coach at the Florida National Powerhouse, where she helped the Gators to six NCAA Tournament wins, two top-flight eight appearances and five conference tournament titles.

VanThof fit the profile that athletic director Ray Anderson and senior athletic director Christina Wombacher were looking for.

“As we went through the (hiring) process and narrowed it down, VanThof was just a star,” Anderson said at a press conference to introduce VanThof. “When I listen and talk to people, I really seek the passion for what (ASU) is trying to accomplish and what it means for our program…when VanThof told us, ‘Lacrosse is not not a job, lacrosse is a lifestyle,” which really resonated with me.

VanThof was an All-American midfielder at Loyola Maryland and was a member of the USA lacrosse team, and also played professionally.

VanThof said developing student-athletes on and off the court will be a priority for her at ASU.

“Student-athletes are more than just student-athletes,” VanThof said. “They are people first and we make sure we develop them as people, students, athletes and even as a unit.”

She can’t wait to get started.

“They are coming off a strong and successful performance in 2022 and I look forward to building on their success.”

In the 2022 season, the Sun Devil lacrosse team earned its highest Pac-12 tournament seed in program history, at No. 3, to open the playoffs, qualifying for the game. championship before falling to Stanford.

“We’re riding on our success,” VanThof said. “I think we’re honoring the past and building on the future. I think the words building and growing are two things I strive for in my philosophy…it’s a lot of hard work and it will come from me, my assistants, our support staff and ultimately our students -athletes. ”

ASU is still looking to add two assistant coaches.