COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alexis Venechanos, first-year head coach of the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team, has selected Amanda Belichick and Christy Finch as her assistant coaches, effective immediately. Both join the Buckeyes after stints as assistant coaches at other institutions.
“I am thrilled to bring Amanda Belichick and Christy Finch into the Buckeye Family for the upcoming season,” Venechanos said. “They both exhibit strong work ethic, enthusiasm and commitment to bringing the Ohio State women’s lacrosse program back to national prominence.
“Working with Amanda and coaching Christy as a player, I am very confident our strengths will complement each other very well on and off the field. They also serve as very strong female role models and mentors for the student-athletes.”
Belichick, who coached under Venechanos at UMass in 2010, helped the Minutewomen to repeat performances as Atlantic-10 champions and NCAA Tournament participants. She joined the UMass program after serving as head lacrosse coach at Choate Rosemary Hall for two years. Belichick, the daughter of New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, also served as an assistant coach for the varsity soccer team and the junior varsity ice hockey team.
A native of Weston, Mass., Belichick has worked several lacrosse camps throughout the country including Amonte Sports Camp and The Lacrosse School. At the club level, she served as coach of the Nor’Easter Lacrosse Team and Revolution Lacrosse. A 2007 graduate of Wesleyan University, Belichick was a co-captain for the Cardinals as a senior. During her junior year of 2006, she became just the second player in program history to scoring over 50 points in a season (33g, 19a) as an attack.
“Amanda was a very integral part of the UMass repeating as A10 Champions in 2010,” Venechanos said. “She understands the recruiting process and did an incredible job evaluating and recruiting high school prospects while at UMass. Also, she possesses strong creativity and her past experiences as a coach and a player will aid to the program.”
Finch, a native of Hudson, Ohio, joins the Buckeyes after one season as assistant coach at Cincinnati following her playing career at Northwestern, where she was coached by Venechanos her first two seasons. A four-time national champion with the Wildcats, Finch was named the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Defensive Player of the Year and an all-America selection in 2007 and 2008.
As a senior in ’08, Finch led the nation in caused turnovers with 70 and was honored as a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist, Defender of the Year by Inside Lacrosse, Womenslacrosse.com and WomensLax.com. The defender was also named Northwestern’s female recipient of the Big Ten’s Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.
“It was a pleasure coaching Christy at Northwestern,” Venechanos said. “Her experience of winning four national championships, while earning All- America honors and being named Defender of the Year will enhance the program. She is recognized as one of the top players to come of the state of Ohio and I am looking forward to her guidance in recruiting in state prospects.”
For her career, Finch caused 183 turnovers, ranking fourth all-time in the NCAA record books and was part of a Wildcat senior class which finished their careers with an overall record of 83-3 (.965), including a 43-0 record at home and four national championships. She graduated in the spring of 2008 with a degree in communication studies and a minor in business institutions.