Florida, MDII, Men's

Brian Kingsbury Selected to Guide New Start Lynn University Men’s Lacrosse

No Comments 16 January 2013

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University Director of Athletics Dr. Kristen Migliano announced the hiring of Brian Kingsbury as the inaugural head coach of the men’s lacrosse program on Wednesday afternoon.  Kingsbury is tasked with building the Fighting Knights program from scratch and leading them into NCAA and Sunshine State Conference competition for the 2014 season.

“Lynn University is excited about Brian [Kingsbury] pioneering the lacrosse program,” stated Migliano, a former student-athlete on the inaugural women’s basketball team in 1993.  “He is focused on building a reputable program that fits into the mission and vision of Lynn University.  Brian also recognizes the attraction of prospective lacrosse student-athletes to compete for Lynn, as does the University recognize Brian’s ability to lead a competitive program.”

“Coach Kingsbury is a great fit to lead Lynn University because he is passionate about his sport and he is committed to a well-rounded student-athlete,” added Senior Vice President for Administration Greg Malfitano.   “The entire University is excited about welcoming the community and future Lynn lacrosse fans to campus this time next year to support a high-quality NCAA Division II lacrosse team in a comfortable and fun game day environment.”

Kingsbury helmed Saint Michael’s College last season, leading the Purple Knights to one of their most successful seasons.  Saint Michael’s set a school record for wins with an 11-5 record, earned a third-seed in the North East 10 Conference Tournament and reached a ranking of No. 9 in the nation.  The NE-10 is one of the top lacrosse conferences in the country as league schools have won three men’s lacrosse national championships and finished as a runner-up six times since 1994.

“It is a great honor to be the inaugural head coach at Lynn University,” said Kingsbury.  “With its rich winning tradition and athletic support, I am excited to build a reputable winning lacrosse program at Lynn. I would like to thank President Kevin Ross, Senior Vice President Greg Malifitano and Dr. Kristen Migliano for their time and extending the offer to represent Lynn University as their head men’s lacrosse coach. It is great to see the support for this position from the President and Vice President to the Athletic Director.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity for lacrosse players who want to play in a sunny, warm climate year round and live three miles from the Atlantic Ocean and beach in Boca Raton, Florida.  I look forward to recruiting competitive, good character players who want to earn a solid education, be involved in the community and win lacrosse games.”

Not only the first head lacrosse coach at Lynn, Kingsbury will be the original NCAA lacrosse coach in South Florida.  Coupled with a new facility slated to open in time for the inaugural season, the program has already achieved great milestones.

“We are excited to bring collegiate varsity lacrosse to South Florida,” added President Dr. Kevin M. Ross.  “With the groundbreaking of Bobby Campbell Stadium this February and the exciting leadership of Brian Kingsbury, we look forward to building a strong and successful program.”

Bobby Campbell Stadium will be called home for the Fighting Knights, who will play under the lights and enjoy new locker rooms and an athletic training facility.  Lynn begins competition in the spring of 2014 and will join Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Rollins, Saint Leo and Tampa in the newly sponsored sport of the SSC.

Kingsbury joined Saint Michael’s after a successful season as head coach of Castleton (Vt.) State College.  He guided the NCAA Division III program to one of its finest ever, as the Spartans won the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Kingsbury was named the NAC’s Coach of the Year in 2011, as he coached the league’s Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, and helped Castleton earn the conference’s Sportsmanship Award.

Before taking the helm at Castleton, Kingsbury was an assistant coach for the Spartans’ men’s lacrosse program in 2009 and 2010. He aided with all aspects of the program during his time as an assistant coach, and helped Castleton earn its first NCAA Tournament berth in 2010. He joined Castleton after one season as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I University of Massachusetts, where he was primarily responsible for video editing, scouting and faceoff strategy.

Kingsbury was a three-year scholarship student-athlete at the University of Maryland following a transfer from Hofstra University, and graduated from Maryland 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management. While at Maryland, the Terrapins made two appearances in the NCAA Division I Quarterfinals, and two appearances in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. He was named the men’s lacrosse program’s Unsung Hero as a senior in 2001, and also earned ACC honor roll accolades.

Kingsbury earned his Master’s degree in education from Castleton in 2010, and was named to the Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society that same year.

 

MDII, Men's, Tennessee

Richard Carrington named Tusculum’s first Director of Lacrosse (TN-DII)

No Comments 11 December 2012

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — Tusculum College has named Richard Carrington as the first Director of Lacrosse in the 218-year history of Tennessee’s oldest college announced Tusculum Director of Athletics Frankie DeBusk.  Carrington will be introduced to the college community at 1 p.m. on Wednesday (Dec. 12) at a press conference to be held at the Pioneer Perk, located in the Niswonger Student Commons on the Greeneville campus.

Men’s lacrosse will start as the College’s 15th intercollegiate sport during 2013-2014 academic year with competition being held in the spring of 2014.  Tusculum will compete in men’s lacrosse at the NCAA Division II level and as a member of the South Atlantic Conference.

“Lacrosse is a very exciting sport and one which we are pleased to provide as a new opportunity for student-athletes to participate in,” said DeBusk.  “Lacrosse has long been associated with colleges and universities in the Northeast and is beginning to find a foothold in the South.  This is a timely addition with a sport that will start to gather more notoriety in our area as time goes on. Lacrosse will bring another exciting, athletic atmosphere to Pioneer Field and we look forward to the community and our great supporters joining us there for the 2014 season.”

Carrington brings a tremendous level of experience, knowledge and energy to Tusculum and has been heavily involved in the building process of successful programs at all levels during his career.

Carrington comes to Tusculum after serving the 2011-12 campaign on the coaching staff at NCAA Division I Virginia Military Institute.  While at the Lexington, Va. school, Carrington helped to institute a revamped Keydet defense that allowed the fewest goals in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play since 2009. The defense was crucial in several contests in holding opponents under 10 goals in three of the last four games, and helping VMI win those three games. One of his defense’s shining moments of 2012 came in a 6-2 setback against 16th-ranked Lehigh, which went on to a No. 7 ranking and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

“I am honored and extremely excited to be Tusculum’s first Director of Lacrosse. I am so grateful to President (Nancy) Moody and Coach DeBusk for this opportunity,” said Carrington. “Upon meeting them and touring the campus, all of the positive feedback I received about Tusculum was confirmed. Tusculum is truly a special place, and I think we will offer an amazing and unique opportunity to student-athletes interested in lacrosse. Tusculum’s setting, personal attention, and block schedule are just a few of the attributes that appealed to me and I know they will be appealing to our high school and junior college prospects.”

The Charlottesville, Va. native also directed VMI’s man-down unit, which killed off 70.8 percent of the Keydets’ penalties and finished the season ranked 19th in the country. The leap to 70.8 percent on the man-down was a 20-point jump from 2011, where VMI finished last in the country in that category.

“I would also like to thank Coach Brian Anken and the Virginia Military Institute,” Carrington added.  “I had an extraordinary experience while coaching at VMI and learned so much from Coach Anken. Under his leadership, I have no doubt that the Keydets will have a successful 2013 campaign.  It will be odd not preparing for games this spring, but I cannot wait to start recruiting and bringing quality student-athletes to Tusculum’s campus. Tusculum has a long history of being pioneers in education, and I am looking for student-athletes who are driven to be successful people and excited to be the Pioneers of Tusculum Lacrosse.”

Prior to VMI, Carrington served as the head men’s lacrosse coach at NCAA Division III Alvernia University in Reading, Pa. While at Alvernia, he led the Crusaders to their lowest goals-against-average in program history in 2011.

Prior to his arrival at Alvernia, Carrington founded the men’s lacrosse program at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pa. As the program’s first head coach, Carrington was responsible for recruiting the 37-member inaugural class representing 10 different states and Canadian provinces.

“Richard really elevated himself to the top of our list on his interview,” DeBusk said.  “I knew a little about him but his energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of lacrosse really became evident when I first met him on our campus. He was so personable and confident and he impressed us immediately. Dr. Moody and I felt he was an ideal person to lead our institution into this journey of starting a lacrosse program.  He will be a great fit to our department and be a great ambassador for Tusculum and our community.”

Carrington has also had assistant coaching stints at his alma mater Mars Hill College and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. In 2008, Carrington helped Mars Hill to the program’s first Deep South Conference Championship. To his credit, Carrington coached a much-improved defensive unit that allowed 10.29 goals per game in 2008, down from 11.21 in the previous season. That defensive unit produced three All-Conference selections and a participant in the prestigious North-South All-Star Game.

Carrington earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mars Hill in 2003. As an undergraduate he competed as a four-year defensive starter for the Lions and graduated as Mars Hill’s career ground ball leader (268).

Carrington also spent two seasons as the head boys’ varsity lacrosse coach at Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach. During that time his team reached the 2007 Division I State Quarterfinals, where he mentored one All-American, two all-state selections and seven all-conference student-athletes during his tenure there.

Tusculum College, located in Greeneville, Tenn., is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA and is a NCAA Division II member of the South Atlantic Conference.

Florida, MDII, Men's

Florida Tech Announces 2013 Men’s Lacrosse Schedule

No Comments 27 November 2012

MELBOURNE, Fla. (Men’s Lacrosse) – With the men’s lacrosse team preparing for its second season, Florida Tech head coach Ryan McAleavey released his 2013 schedule on Tuesday. The Panthers will play nine of their 14 games and three of their seven Deep South Conference games at their home field, Melbourne Central Catholic’s Hustler Stadium.

“If you were to sum it up in one word, excitement,” McAleavey said of moving toward the second season of the program. “We have 17 new faces on the team, and come spring time we will have a roster of 34 players. That is 11 more kids than we had last year.”

After opening the fall season with a second consecutive sweep of its annual Battle at the Beach Tournament, Florida Tech looks to build on its 2012 inaugural season with three-straight DSC games to open 2013. The Panthers will open the 2013 campaign on the road at Saint Leo on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Four days later, on Feb. 16, FIT will play host to Rollins College in its home opener at 7 p.m. The Panthers will then travel to Tampa on Feb. 20 before starting a five-game non-conference homestand.

“It is typical down here in Florida,” McAleavey said of beginning the season with three-straight conference opponents. “This is something that will likely change the following season when we join the Sunshine State Conference. I was talking with another conference coach, and we agree that we want to schedule the conference games towards the end of the year when we are at our best.”

From Feb. 23 to March 12, FIT will host Lindenwood (2/23), Coker (3/1), Belmont-Abbey (3/6), Mount Olive (3/9) and Molloy (3/12) on its home turf. The contest against Lindenwood is scheduled for 2 p.m., while the ladder four games are all set to begin at 7 p.m.

“We have nine home games,” McAleavey said. “A lot of the teams are coming down during their spring break: Molloy, MIT and Belmont-Abbey. We are lucky to be in Florida, because of the warm weather everyone wants to come down. We can benefit from that.

“Molloy is a strong team and will likely finish the season in the top-10, and Lindenwood is a team out of Missouri that is on the rise. We beat Coker last year, and lost a close game to Belmont-Abbey.”

On March 15, the Panthers will travel to Salisbury, N.C. to take on DSC foe Catawba. Two days later, FIT will trek to Wingate for its final conference road game of the regular season.

FIT will then host Lenoir-Rhyne on March 22 and Florida Southern on April 3 to close out conference play. In between those two games, the Panthers will host Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m.

“We are planning a barbecue after the game with MIT,” McAleavey said. “With the similarities between the two schools, we feel it is a good opportunity to bring future engineers together. Our president Dr. Anthony J. Catanese is all for it and will also be involved with the festivities.”

More information about the festivities surrounding the contest with MIT will be released at a later date.

The DSC Tournament is schedule to run from April 9-14, 2013 this season. FIT scheduled a final regular season contest with Young Harris at Bolles School in Jacksonville on April 21.

“The one thing that really stands out to me about this team is their work ethic,” McAleavey said of his 2013 squad. “How fast they came together as a team and how well they work together has been great. If we can build off that, I think it is going to be fun to coach and fun to see.”

2013 Schedule:

2012-13 Men’s Lacrosse

Date Opponent/Event Location Time
Battle at the Beach
10/28/2012 Home UCF (Club) (Ex.) # Melbourne, Fla. W, 16-3
10/28/2012 Home USF (Club) (Ex.) # Melbourne, Fla. W, 14-2
10/28/2012 Home Palm Beach Atlantic (Ex.) # Melbourne, Fla. W, 17-1
2/12/2013 at Saint Leo * Saint Leo, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
2/16/2013 Home Rollins * Melbourne, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
2/20/2013 at Tampa * Tampa, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
2/23/2013 Home Lindenwood  Melbourne, Fla. 2:00 p.m.
3/1/2013 Home Coker  Melbourne, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
3/6/2013 Home Belmont-Abbey  Melbourne, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
3/9/2013 Home Mount Olive  Melbourne, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
3/12/2013 Home Molloy  Melbourne, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
3/15/2013 at Catawba * Salisbury, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
3/17/2013 at Wingate * Wingate, N.C. 2:00 p.m.
3/22/2013 Home Lenoir-Rhyne * Melbourne, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
3/29/2013 Home MIT  Melbourne, Fla. 5:00 p.m.
4/3/2013 Home Florida Southern * Melbourne, Fla. 7:00 p.m.
Deep South Tournament
4/9/2013 Quarterfinals  TBD TBA
4/11/2013 Semifinals  TBD TBA
4/14/2013 Finals  TBD TBA
4/21/2013 vs Young Harris  Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.) 1:00 p.m.

* – Denotes conference event

District of Columbia, MDII, Men's

Scott Urick hired as first men’s lacrosse head coach at University of the District of Columbia

No Comments 09 November 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – University of the District of Columbia Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Patricia Thomas, has announced the hiring of Scott Urick as the first ever Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach. Urick comes to the University of the District of Columbia after 11 years as an Assistant Coach at Georgetown University where he helped lead the Hoyas to six NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal appearances. The Firebirds will compete in the East Coast Conference beginning in the 2014 season. Continue Reading


 

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