Playing to Win

Sinclair committed to helping students succeed in class and on the field

As a lacrosse player, Andy Sinclair helped his teams win two championships. Later, as a coach, he led his high school team to the state playoffs for three years. But he is most proud of an even more significant accomplishment: none of his players has ever dropped out of school or failed to graduate.

He plans to continue that record at Randolph College, where he took over as men's head lacrosse coach this year.

"My number one goal is to find prospects who aspire to do good things in the classroom and on the lacrosse field," Sinclair said.

He believes lacrosse helps players build self-respect and discipline, which in turn, help them make the right decisions in life.

"There's more to life than going out and playing lacrosse," he added. "Life is about the decisions you make, right from when you wake up. We make hundreds of decisions each day. Those little decisions dictate whether we'll be successful."

Sinclair saw that firsthand during his successful student-athlete career. He helped net a state championship for Winter Park High School in Florida and an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) title for Lynchburg College.

Sinclair coached at his alma mater, Lynchburg College, while he worked toward a master's degree in educational leadership. He then served as assistant coach at Christopher Newport University before returning to his own high school as head coach.

Returning to the collegiate level and the ODAC makes Sinclair happy. Being able to make a home in Lynchburg with his wife, Lya, and 1-year-old daughter is a bonus.

This fall, Sinclair worked with the team to ensure that they were succeeding academically and preparing physically for the spring lacrosse season. He looks forward to building on the momentum the team gained last season.

"We're going to try to win as many ballgames as we can," he said.