Ed Stephenson was named associate head menís lacrosse coach at UMBC on July 1, 2011.
Stephenson, who served as the head coach at Binghamton University since the programís inception in 2001 until March of 2011, returns to Baltimore, where he was the first full-time assistant coach for the Retrievers from 1995-2000.
ďI am absolutely thrilled to have Ed Stephenson return to UMBC,Ē Zimmerman said. "Coach Stephenson is a person of principle and strong character. He has proven himself to be one of the top defensive minds in the game of lacrosse and is admired and respected by his colleagues. His ability to relate to players both on and off the field is invaluable to their growth and development.Ē
Stephenson built a very successful program at Binghamton both on and off of the field. In 2004, the Bearcatsí third year of competition, Stephenson directed the squad to an undefeated conference regular season. He earned America East Coach of the Year honors that season, as the Bearcats were the nationís top team in scoring defense. In 2006, he piloted the squad to its first top-20 ranking at No. 16.
The program earned a prestigious National Sportsmanship Award in 2004 and 2006, demonstrating the highest levels of integrity and character. Under Stephenson, the Bearcats maintained the highest menís lacrosse team grade-point average and earned the highest percentage of academic honorees in the America East Conference from 2005-10.
Stephenson also coached the inaugural Division I womenís lacrosse team at
Stephenson has served on the NCAA Menís Lacrosse Rules Committee (2008-11), the USILA Menís Lacrosse weekly ranking committee from (2006-11) and the NCAA Menís Lacrosse All-America voting committee (2008-11), and he was an NCAA site representative for the 2010 NCAA Division I first-round games in Ithaca, N.Y.
Stephenson had an outstanding playing career, earning All-America honors as a defenseman at
Stephenson earned his bachelorís degree from
ďCoach Stephenson is very familiar with UMBC and the America East Conference,Ē Zimmerman said. "He has a healthy perspective on the balance between athletics and academics and his energy is contagious. Our players will benefit immensely from their interaction and relationship with Coach Stephenson.Ē