Andrew Baxter, a collegiate men’s lacrosse coach for the last 17 years, took over as Yale’s defensive coordinator in 2013 and helped the Bulldogs win their first NCAA Championship last May.
Baxter, whose defenses have helped Yale win Ivy League Regular Season titles in 2017 and 2018, has coached teams to league tournament championships in four of the last six seasons. He has helped the Elis reach the national tournament five times. His 2018 defense, which ignited the Bulldogs to the national title run, led the league with an 8.80 scoring average.
Under his direction, the Yale defense has ranked no worse than 14th in scoring defense every season. They were eighth in Division I with an 8.13 mark in 2016.
In his first season in New Haven, Baxter guided the Bulldogs to their most prolific season since the early 1990s. His charges led the Blue to a No. 6 ranking in Division I scoring defense (7.94), while the Elis went 12-5, won the Ivy League Tournament title and beat Penn State on the road in the NCAA Tournament. In 2015, Baxter helped Yale to the nation's No. 9 scoring defense (8.1), an 11-5 record, and an Ivy League Tournament title over Princeton.
He joined the Yale staff after four seasons as defensive coordinator and the top assistant at Ohio State. As a Buckeye, Baxter handled all aspects of recruiting while leading a defense that ranked fourth in 2012 and 10th in 2011 for scoring defense among Division I schools. He coached All-America players each season at Columbus.
Baxter, both an offensive (2004-05) and defensive coordinator (2006-08) in five seasons at Drexel University, helped the Dragons rank seventh nationally in scoring defense in both 2007 and 2008. They also recorded the nation's fifth highest face-off win percentage in 2008 en route to winning the Colonial Athletic Association regular season championship.
Before heading to Philadelphia, Baxter spent two seasons (2002-03) on the sidelines at Colgate.
Baxter earned his bachelor's degree in movement and sport studies from Springfield College in 2001, where he played two seasons with Ohio State head coach Nick Myers and helped lead the team to two Division III NCAA Tournaments.
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Baxter graduated from Brighton High School. He and his wife, the former Marika Hartog, also a Springfield College graduate, have two children, Rae, born in 2010 and Frankie, born in 2014.