NEW LONDON, Conn. – Former Lehigh University defender and goalkeeper Lexi Arancio has been named assistant field hockey coach at Connecticut College, as announced by head coach Chrissy Needham. She will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of the program and most notably have an integral role with training the defensive unit and goalkeepers.
"I am excited to welcome Lexi to the Camel field hockey family," said Needham, who will begin her fifth season on the sidelines this fall. "Her athletic experience at Lehigh has given her a great foundation from which to begin her coaching career."
Arancio comes to Connecticut College after recently graduating from Lehigh and being involved with the school's field hockey program over the past four seasons. She earned three letters as a defender and goalkeeper and also spent one year as a team manager, which included assisting the coaching staff at practices and recording film of the program's games. Furthermore, the defensive player received the coaches award at the team's annual banquet as well as the sportsmanship award from the school's athletic department following her senior campaign.
Off the field, Arancio was heavily involved with campus life and the community. She was most notably part of Student Athletes Leading Social Change (SALSC), which is a group of student-athlete leaders who met weekly to discuss and plan various activities to improve the social climate on campus as well as in the surrounding community. Furthermore, Arancio volunteered with the Lehigh Sports Medicine Department and coached girls between the ages of 10 and 17 at Lehigh's Futures site this past spring.
A native of Freehold, New Jersey, Arancio earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and health, medicine and society from Lehigh in 2018. She will begin her duties at Connecticut College in August.