BUFFALO, N.Y. (Nov. 10) - Erie Community College athletics director Peter Jerebko announced the hiring of Jim Battin as the head coach of the Kats' women's lacrosse program. Battin has served the past two years as the program's assistant coach.
"I am confident Jim will keep us moving forward as a program," Jerebko said. "He was part of the turnaround our lacrosse program had in 2010 and he knows what type of commitment is needed from both the coaching staff and the student-athletes to be successful on and off the field."
Battin becomes the fourth head coach in the program's history.
"The last couple of years as an assistant coach of the ECC women's lacrosse team have been extremely rewarding," he said. "I am now extremely excited to continue as the head coach. As a teacher and now head coach, my goals are to recruit top student-athletes with good character and to continue to develop a positive and competitive atmosphere. That atmosphere should engage and motivate diversified student-athletes to compete in and out of the sporting arena to use high moral and ethical principles while learning the value of education."
Battin is also in his fourth year as an assistant professor in the ECC HPER Department. A Buffalo native, he has a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green and a master's degree from Walden University. Battin is working toward a doctorate in educational leadership from Walden.
The Kats will open the 2011 lacrosse season at Cayuga Community College March 30, 2011.