Men’s lacrosse coach Mike Murphy has added the sterling resume and expertise of Judd Lattimore to his coaching staff — for the second time.
Lattimore was an assistant coach with the Quakers for the 2005-06 season under previous head coach Brian Voelker. That season, the Quakers went 10-4 and advanced to the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The 10-year veteran of NCAA lacrosse will become the top assistant on Murphy’s staff, replacing Jason Archbell, who left Penn to assume the head coaching position at Bowdoin College.
Lattimore spent last season at the University of Michigan, where he helped transition the Wolverines from a club to a varsity program under the leadership of head man John Paul. Serving primarily as the offensive coordinator for the Maize and Blue, Lattimore’s squad compiled a shooting percentage of 31.4 percent, which ranked No. 10 nationally and No. 2 in the ECAC. Lattimore was also responsible for the team’s ride unit, which allowed a paltry 79-percent success rate and was ranked second in the NCAA.
Lattimore began his coaching career after graduating from the University of North Carolina, where he was a two-year starter. He was hired by SUNY-Geneseo, a Division-II program, for the 2002 season, then joined the Limestone College (Division-II) staff in 2003. With Limestone, he helped the team reach two consecutive national championship games in 2003 and 2004. His 2004 squad scored 19.3 goals per game, the highest number in any division of lacrosse and set a school record of 314 goals on the season.
He also reached the NCAA Championship during a one-year stint at Delaware in 2005 and was hired by Penn for the following season. After Penn, Lattimore returned to his alma mater for the 2007 and 2008 seasons, helping the Tar Heels reach the NCAA tournament each season.
Overall, his squads have compiled a record of 107-47.
“I’m very excited to welcome coach Lattimore back to Penn,” Murphy said in a press conference. “His offensive mind and his demonstrated recruiting ability will have immediate and positive impacts on our program.”