By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Lehigh Mountain Hawks head coach Andy Coen resigns on Friday. He stepped away from the program, according to The Morning Call, because of early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
Coen had been the team’s head coach for the last 13-years. He finished his tenure with an 85-64 record. The 85 wins tied him with Bill Leckonby for the most wins in program history.
As the head coach, he guided the team to five Patriot League Championships. They last won the league championship in 2017.
“Life has thrown me a curveball,” Coen said. “I am in the early stages and it is best for me to eliminate stress and concentrate on my health and well-being. It is an opportunity for me to spend more time with my family. Coaching is a 24/7 job and does not allow a lot of time for family. My wife, Laura, and my children, Molly, Nolan, and Finn have supported me throughout my career and are my biggest fans. This is a very difficult decision for all of us, but it is what is best at this time.”
This past season, he guided the team to a 3-8 record. They had a 2-4 conference record.
“Today is one of the toughest days in my coaching career that spans 30-plus years,” Coen said. “I never thought that when I took a job as an intern at Widener in 1986, that I would be making this a profession.
“I’ve truly been blessed over the years to have coached at great schools where I was able to hone my skills and my passion for coaching. I worked hard and was rewarded for my knowledge and abilities as I worked up the coaching ladder. Becoming a head coach was always a dream and to be here at Lehigh for the past 13 seasons, I was truly ‘living the dream.'”