Former University of Richmond standout Ashley Vellines was named an assistant coach for the Old Dominion University women's lacrosse team in August 2012, as announced by head coach Heather Holt.
In her first season on the sidelines, Vellined helped ODU to defeat rival William & Mary in comeback fashion for the second straight season and saw three Lady Monarchs earn All-CAA accolades: Alexandra Burns (Second Team All-CAA), Christina Rea (Second Team All-CAA) and Rachel Shaw (All-CAA Rookie Team).
Vellines, formerly Friend, spent the previous three years as the group and premium services manager at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
A 2007 graduate of Richmond, she was a four-year starting midfielder and posted a record of 46-17 (.730) while winning the Atlantic 10 conference three times. A draw specialist for the Spiders, Vellines racked up 108 draws and is fifth all-time in school history in goals (151), seventh in assists (42) and seventh in points (193).
A two-time all-conference first team selection, Vellines, who hails from Canandaigua, N.Y., comes from a strong lacrosse family as her father played at Bowling Green and Geneseo State. Her younger sister Mandy played with Vellines at Richmond and finished as the school's all-time leader in goals, assists and points while her youngest sister Abbey is a rising senior at North Carolina and was the national freshman of the year in 2011.
Earning her masters degree in recreation and sport management from VCU in 2008, Vellines and her husband John reside in Norfolk.