Eripret, Lawless complete women’s basketball coaching staff

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BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – To complete her coaching staff for the upcoming 2021-22 season, head coach Sue Troyan announced two new additions to the Lehigh women’s basketball program on Friday afternoon.

Former Lehigh Valley striker and native Meagan Eripret ’19 has been hired as the Mountain Hawks’ Director of Basketball Operations and Zach Lawless will serve as the program’s video coordinator.

Eripret and Lawless join a team made up of Trojan, Addie Micir, Glenn Rigney and Bernadette Devaney.

Following her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Lehigh in 2019 and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Lehigh in 2020, Eripret is returning to the program she grew up in as the new Director of Basketball Operations. After a year in Tarbes, France, she returned to Bethlehem, where she played professionally for the Basket Club Lourdais and was also part of the faculty of the Jeanne D’Arc institution, where she taught English, among other things.

“I’m very excited to be back with my Lehigh women’s basketball family,” said Eripret. “I’ve been part of the program as a fan, recruit, gamer and alum so I can’t wait to take on another new role.

“My fifth year season was canceled due to COVID and I had to watch last year’s championship run on a screen, so I’m thrilled to be able to watch the replay felt like home to me and I’m so grateful to Coach Troyan gave me another opportunity to participate in this incredible program. “

Eripret ended her five-year career with the Mountain Hawks in 2020 after playing in 87 competitions with 133 career points and 136 rebounds in four seasons. She played 27 career-high games in her final season, averaging 6.3 minutes per competition.

“We are delighted that Meagan will join our coaching team as our DOBO this year,” said Troyan. “Meagan has a great understanding and passion for Lehigh, our program and the student athletic experience. This, coupled with her career aspiration as an educator, makes her a great addition and addition to our staff and department.”

For the first time, the program has hired a video coordinator as Zach Lawless brings his expertise to the Troyan program for the upcoming season.

Lawless, a native of Bethlehem, is coming to Lehigh from Boston College, where he served as the assistant video coordinator for the women’s basketball program and has also been the team’s manager since 2018.

“We are delighted with Zach’s willingness and ambition to serve in this honorary capacity in our employees,” said Troyan. “Zach brings some unique experience to our program from his work in the video field at Boston College. We believe he will be an important addition to our staff when it comes to player development through the use of video analytics.”

As the Mountain Hawks’ video coordinator, Lawless will be filming workouts and games, scouting videos for other teams, creating custom tapes for the athletes to prepare for the game, and helping with photo and video production on social media.

“I am incredibly excited to join Coach Troyan and her wonderful staff,” said Lawless. “It’s an honor to be part of such a prestigious program in my hometown of Bethlehem and I can’t wait to work with such a talented group.”

Lehigh is a familiar place to Lawless as he interned in the Athletics Department under Dean of Athletics Joe Sterrett’s golf program in the summer of 2019.

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