Retention of Student-Athletes in Private Division III Liberal Arts Colleges in Maryland Matthew Carl Grosso December 2003 This purpose of this study was to examine factors that impact the retention of student athletes in private Division III liberal arts colleges in Maryland, with specific attention given to the impact that the intercollegiate coach has on the retention of student-athletes in these settings. This was a descriptive study with content analysis that utilized collegiate team roster data and survey questions about retention of student-athletes. The participants in this study were the women’s lacrosse coaches from three private liberal arts colleges in Maryland. Data obtained from an annual publication dedicated to the sport of collegiate women’s lacrosse was compared to answers from a retention survey given to the coaches of the three colleges in the study. The study results suggested that retention of student-athletes differed by year in college with the most loss occurring in the junior and senior years. For the schools with the lower retention rates, the survey responses for the coach were lower than at the other schools. Further research is warranted to reinforce the link between the intercollegiate coach and student-athlete retention on a team.