Mike Faith enters his sixth season at the helm of the Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse program in 2018. After eight seasons as the head coach at Elizabethtown, Faith became the 12th coach in the program's 36-year history on Aug. 1, 2012.
Faith has guided the Diplomats to five successful seasons to open his coaching campaign at F&M, leading the squad to a 91-22 overall record, a pair Centennial Conference (CC) Championships in 2015 and 2017 and back-to-back NCAA Final Four Appearances (2016-17). In just five seasons, Faith has helped the Diplomats earn 14 All-America, 27 All-Region, and 32 All-CC accolades.
In 2017, the Diplomats claimed their seventh CC Crown and 12th overall conference championship while advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fifth straight year and winning 15 or more games for the 11th time in the last 12 years after compiling a 17-5 overall record.
Defensively, F&M fielded one the most stifling units in the nation, averaging a mere 6.28 goals allowed per game, which ranked 12th across all of Division III and was the fourth-lowest single-season mark in program history.
F&M reached a second consecutive NCAA Final Four in 2016 and appeared in the CC Championship for the 13th time in 14 years. The 2016 Diplomat defense stood amongst the nation's best, ranking seventh in the country in scoring defense (5.91). Goalkeeper Danielle Harrington '18 ranked sixth in the nation with a 6.10 goals-against average. The offense held its own as well, ranking third nationally in assists (192) and fourth with 319 goals.
In 2015, the Diplomats reached their first NCAA National Semifinal since 2010, captured the 12th conference title in program history and finished the year ranked No. 3 in the country. Several of the program's single-season records fell in 2015 as the squad's 203 assists were the most all time, along with the 318 draw controls secured throughout the year. F&M's 20 wins were the third most in program history, thanks in large part to its overwhelming defense that collected 378 ground balls (fifth all time) and caused 224 turnovers (third all time). The Diplomats also featured one of the most prolific offenses in the nation, placing third in the country with 339 goals, second in total assists (203) and third in total points (542).
Faith took over the Elizabethtown program just four years into its existence and wasted little time building it into a perennial conference contender. The Blue Jays competed in seven conference championship tournaments, including five trips to the finals and two MAC championships under Faith's leadership. He was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2010 as Elizabethtown made its way through the conference schedule with an unblemished mark. Faith compiled a 97-48 mark at Elizabethtown, including a 65-14 record in conference play.
Under his guidance, 44 All-Conference selections were named, including four MAC Player of the Year honors and two Rookie of the Year awards. Also, 20 All-Region selections and four IWCLA All-Americans were awarded during Faith's tenure.
A 2000 graduate of Salisbury University, Faith spent the previous eight seasons as the head women's lacrosse coach at Elizabethtown College, where he built one of the most successful programs in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). He also served as the director of intramural sports, overseeing all aspects of the intramural sports programs at the college.
"F&M has a remarkable tradition of success of our intercollegiate athletics programs, and the selection of Coach Mike Faith reflects our ongoing commitment to developing the talents, character and leadership qualities of all student-athletes," said Dean of the College Kent Trachte, who oversees the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
Faith was ecstatic at the time of his hiring about the potential of the program.
"This is a great opportunity to work at one of the finest educational institutions in the country," Faith said of his decision to work at F&M. "I'm very excited about this new chapter in my coaching career, and I'm looking forward to leading one of the most successful women's lacrosse programs in Division III."
In addition to his coaching resume, Faith brings his own experience as an All-American lacrosse player to the sidelines. As a student-athlete, he was named a First Team All-American in 1998 and named to the First Team All-Capital Athletic Conference team in 1997 and 1998.
Before leading the coaching staff at Elizabethtown, Faith served as first assistant women's lacrosse coach at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, a Division I program. While at UMBC, he helped lead the Golden Retrievers to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003. He spent a year as the offensive coordinator at the University of Richmond in 2001 and spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons as a volunteer assistant at Salisbury.
Faith is a native of Perry Hall, Md., and graduated from Salisbury in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness. He currently resides outside of Baltimore with daughters Maddie and Mollie.