Andrew Athens is entering his fifth season as an assistant coach for Furman men’s lacrosse in the 2017-18 season. Athens was named the program’s first assistant coach in 2013.
Athens has been responsible for the defense on Richie Meade’s squad, raising the Paladins’ win total from one in its inaugural year to four in 2015 and then to six in 2017.
In October of 2017, Athens was announced as the head coach of the Greece National Team, leading the sqaud in the 2018 World Championship.
Athens comes to Furman following a year at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., where he served as the Royals’ assistant men’s lacrosse coach/defensive coordinator. In his lone season there he helped lead Queens to a Conference Carolina playoff appearance and develop a pair of all-conference defensive performers. Queens ranked 13th nationally in defense in 2012.
He began his collegiate coaching career at Presbyterian (S.C.) College, serving as an undergraduate intern in 2011 for a Blue Hose program he represented as a player for three seasons and twice led in goals scored. The two-year captain finished his career as PC’s all-time leader in points, goals, and assists.
He graduated from PC in May of 2011 with a degree in business administration.
Athens began his college experience at Anne Arundel (Md.) Community College, where he played one season for the Pioneers and earned all-region honors before graduating with an associate degree in art in 2007.
He served as assistant varsity men’s lacrosse coach at Northern High School in Owings, Md., and head coach of the Southern Maryland All-Star High School Club Team.
In addition, Athens has served as a coach and counselor at the Southern Maryland Summer Lacrosse Camp, as well as lacrosse camps at Bucknell, Penn State, and with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
He is married to Kilee Ruppe of Spartanburg, S.C. and the couple has a son, Cruize.