Peri West was announced as Thomas College's sixth head women's lacrosse coach in June of 2016.
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 addition to a making the move back to New England, West also serves as the head coach for the Colombian National Team.
"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."
In three seasons at Hendrix, West coached six All-Southern Athletic Association second team selections and 10 honorable mentions.
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.
|Year||Overall Record||Pct.||Conf. Record||Pct.||Conference|
|Mount Ida Totals||21-26||.447|