The Presbyterian College Athletic Department announced on Monday the addition of Eric Clakeley as the new women’s lacrosse head coach. He becomes the sixth head coach in PC women’s lacrosse history.
“We are excited to have Eric (Clakeley) joining our staff,” said Senior Associate Athletic Director Dee Nichols. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him that will help PC Lacrosse continue to grow, develop and compete within the Big South.”
Clakeley comes to PC from Lafayette College where he served two seasons as the defensive coordinator for the women’s lacrosse team. In his time with the Leopards, the team ranked highly within the Patriot League in save percentage and saves per game. In his first spring, he lowered the team’s goals against average by half a goal. The program also had the most players receive Patriot League All-Academic honors as well as receive All-Academic Team honors from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.
Prior to his time at Lafayette, he spent one season as an assistant coach for women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams at Lindenwood University-Belleville. While with the Lynxs, Clakeley worked on both sides of the ball.
“I would like to thank Dee Nichols, Rob Acunto and President Staton for giving me the opportunity to be the next head lacrosse coach,” said Clakeley. “My family and I are incredibly excited to be joining the PC community.”
Clakeley got his start at the high school level in 2012. In one season as defensive coordinator with University High School’s boy’s lacrosse, the team led the state in every defensive statistical category. He then accepted a job with Seneca Valley High School where he spent four seasons as an assistant coach. The team advanced into Pennsylvania’s Class 6A district playoffs on three occasions during his tenure. While there, he also assisted the Athletic Director in day-to-day operations and spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the varsity football team.
Clakeley served as a men’s lacrosse official for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association from 2009-2016 in which he completed over 200 game assignments and was selected to officiate the 2015 and 2016 WPIAL Playoffs.
Clakeley graduated from Penn State in 2016 with a degree in business and from Lindenwood in 2018 with a master’s in business administration. He and his wife, Nicole, recently welcomed their first child, Marion Jules.