|Southern Connecticut State athletics photo|
Lebanon Valley has named Amy Sokaitis as its head coach of women's basketball.
Sokaitis arrives in Annville from Division II Southern Connecticut State, where she has spent the last three years as the top assistant coach. She replaces Todd Goclowski, who was let go unexpectedly at the end of April following a 21-7 season.
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Sokaitis as our head women's basketball coach," Beard said. "Amy's energy, enthusiasm, and drive to succeed will be a great formula to continue the tradition of success we have come to expect with our women's basketball program."
The Flying Dutchmen have won three of the last four Commonwealth Conference championships and qualified for five straight NCAA Tournaments under Goclowski, including Elite Eight and Sweet 16 appearances in that span.
Sokaitis, Lebanon Valley
|Alma mater||Western State
coach at Division II Southern Connecticut State for three years;
assistant at Yale for two years
|Replaces||Todd Goclowski (209-69, 10 years)|
"I'm very excited and humbled by this opportunity," Sokaitis said. "The commitment to excellence and community atmosphere that Lebanon Valley College exemplifies has been apparent since the first time I stepped on campus. I would like to thank Rick Beard and his staff, the hiring committee, and President Thayne for their confidence in me."
Sokaitis has spent the last three seasons at Southern Connecticut, where she helped the Owls make the NCAA Tournament in 2011-12 and make frequent appearances in the national polls. In 2013-14, SCSU had three All-Northeast 10 selections, and Sokaitis helped recruit and coach the 2013 NE-10 Rookie of the Year. In 2014, eight of SCSU's 10 players made the Northeast-10 Academic Honor Roll as the team recorded a 3.36 GPA.