CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After four successful years as the head coach of the MIT women's lacrosse team, Vanessa Cox has announced that she is leaving the program. Only the second coach in the 20-year history of the program, she is moving on to take a position as an administrator with the Brandeis University athletics program.
"It is mixed emotions that we bid farewell to Vanessa Cox as she moves on to her new position at Brandies," said John Benedick, Assistant Director of Athletics at MIT. "Vanessa is a highly skilled and effective lacrosse coach, brought the MIT program to new heights of performance and set a high standard of excellence for years to come. We wish her the best of luck in her new position."
Only the second coach in the 20-year history of the program, Cox leaves the Engineers with an overall record of 36-26. Her winning percentage of .581 is the best in program history, leading a program that produced winning seasons in four of her five years at the helm. In 2009 Cox led the Engineers to a 13-5 record, with the team setting Institute single-season records for wins, goals, draw controls and caused turnovers. Named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after her first season in 2008, Cox's teams were honored with a total of 13 All-NEWMAC and 18 Academic All-NEWMAC awards.