WATERVILLE, Maine --- Thomas College Director of Athletics David Roussel has announced that Peri West has been named the college’s head women’s lacrosse coach. West officially begins her duties on Monday, June 13.
A Boston, Massachusetts native, West comes to Thomas after four years at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She started the Hendrix program – the first collegiate women's lacrosse program in Arkansas – from scratch. After spending the 2013 season recruiting, the Warriors posted back-to-back 4-10 seasons in 2014 and 2015 and an 8-8 mark in 2016.
In three seasons at Hendrix, West coached six All-Southern Athletic Association second team selections and 10 honorable mentions.
"I am excited and honored to be the next women's lacrosse coach at Thomas College," said West. "I want to thank President (Laurie) Lachance and Athletic Director David Roussel and the entire search committee for this opportunity, and for believing in my vision for the future of Thomas College women's lacrosse. I look forward to building on the school's great tradition and working with the talented student-athletes in the program."
In addition to a making the move back to New England, West will also serve as a member of the coaching staff for the Colombian National Team in July, assisting in preparations for the Lacrosse World Cup in England in July 2017.
"Thomas College has made great advancements within their school and athletic department," West added, "And I feel confident in Thomas College's future and lacrosse program as they continue to expand."
"I’m very pleased that Peri West has accepted our offer to become the women’s lacrosse coach at Thomas College," stated Roussel. "Peri’s background as a player and coach at Division III institutions is very strong [and] we are happy to welcome her back to New England where she had success as a student-athlete and head coach. Peri’s qualifications for the position are excellent and the Selection Committee and I are convinced that the future of our program is in great hands."
West also guided the launch of the varsity program at former North Atlantic Conference (NAC) member Mount Ida College. In three years of varsity competition, West guided the Mustangs to a 21-26 record and three consecutive trips to the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament. West coached eight All-GNAC and the league's 2012 Defensive Player of the Year and 2012 Rookie of the Year while at Mount Ida.
At Mount Ida, West also served several administrative roles. She was the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs for two years, the Assistant to the Athletic Director for a year and the Senior Woman Administrator for a year.
West spent three seasons as an assistant coach for her alma mater Wheaton College. She helped the Lyons to a fifth straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament title game in 2006.
In 2005, West was the junior varsity lacrosse coach at Weston High School. In 2004 West lived in Gloucestershire, England and coached three high school teams at the Westonbirt School for girls. While in England, West also taught physical education classes in soccer, volleyball, gymnastics and net ball.
While playing for Wheaton, West was named team captain twice and helped capture the program's first two NEWMAC titles. She started in 68 games during her career, missing just one game. West helped the Lyons to a 20-4 mark in NEWMAC games and advance to the NCAA Tournament twice. In her senior season, West led the team to the NCAA Division III national quarterfinals. She totaled 53 goals and 23 assists for 76 points during her career as a midfielder and was twice named first team All-NEWMAC.
For the past three summers, West has been playing in the Czech Republic with members of the Czech National Team in the Prague Cup. She also worked with the Little Rock Lacrosse Club program to help jump start the girls program for the league.
West graduated from Wheaton in 2004 with a degree in philosophy. She earned her master's degree in sports management with a concentration in coaching from Lasell College in 2015.