Division II Lynn University announced the hiring of former Maryland defensive midfielder Brian Kingsbury as its inaugural men's lacrosse coach Wednesday afternoon. Kingsbury is tasked with building the Fighting Knights program from scratch and leading them into Sunshine State Conference competition for the 2014 season.
The Severna Park native and St. Mary's High graduate will assume responsibilities in February, while recruitment will begin immediately. Kingsbury can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Lynn University is excited about Brian [Kingsbury] pioneering the lacrosse program," athletic director Kristen Migliano said. "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."
Kingsbury coached 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 Northeast-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.
"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," Kingsbury said. "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."
Lynn will join Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Rollins, Saint Leo and Tampa in the Sunshine State Conference, which will begin sponsoring men's lacrosse in 2014.
Kingsbury joined Saint Michael's after a successful season as coach of Castleton (Vt.) State. He guided the Division III program to one of its finest ever, as the Spartans won the North Atlantic Conference championship and qualified for the NCAA tournament. Kingsbury was named NAC Coach of the Year in 2011.
Before taking the helm at Castleton, Kingsbury was an assistant coach for the Spartans in 2009 and 2010. He joined Castleton after one season as an assistant coach at Massachusetts, where he was primarily responsible for video editing, scouting and faceoff strategy.
Kingsbury was a three-year player for the Terps following a transfer from Hofstra, and graduated from Maryland in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management. He was named the men's lacrosse program's Unsung Hero as a senior in 2001.
Defenseman Pryor commits to UMBC
Junior defenseman Mark Pryor of Christ School in Arden, N.C. has orally committed to UMBC.
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Oshawa, Ontario, native picked up 51 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers last spring. He attended the Battle in the 'Boro and the Andrenaline All-Canada Games, where he was an All-Star. Pryor also played for the school's 12-1 football team in the fall.
Rabil, Hartzell, Martin, others out of Champion Challenge; ex-Terp Schmidt added to Team USA
Six Team USA players will not play against the Loyola men at the Champion Challenge on Jan. 27 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., because of National Lacrosse League and other commitments, US Lacrosse said Wednesday. Defenseman Max Schmidt (Maryland) has been added to the 33-player roster.
Midfielder Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) and defenders C.J. Costabile, Kyle Hartzell (Salisbury) and Chad Wiedmaier all play for the Philadelphia Wings and will be unable to attend because the Wings have two games that weekend, according to US Lacrosse.
Defenseman Eric Martin (Salisbury) also has an NLL commitment with the Colorado Mammoth, which plays the Calgary Roughnecks on Jan. 25. Kevin Unterstein is an assistant with Hofstra and has a coaching commitment the weekend of the event, US Lacrosse said.
The Champion Challenge's marquee event of Team USA vs. defending national champion Loyola will take place at 1:30 p.m. and be aired live on ESPN3 and re-aired on ESPNU that night. Team USA, led by current Furman coach and former Navy boss Richie Meade, also is set to face Notre Dame and Jacksonville on Jan. 26.
Glenelg grad Markwordt signs with Brine
Brine announced the signing of former Ohio State star Alayna Markwordt (Glenelg) to a multi-year endorsement contract. Markwordt completed her senior season in 2012 fourth in the nation in scoring and assists per game, producing averages of 5.57 points and 3.14 assists. She finished with 314 career points, ranking her No. 1 all-time at Ohio State and No. 18 all-time in the NCAA. She is one of 24 players in Division I to hit the 300-point mark.
Markwordt started every game during her college career and ended her career on a 65-game scoring streak. She was named American Lacrosse Conference Rookie of the Year in 2009, was picked to the IWLCA All-West Region team three times and earned All-America status twice.
"I am thrilled about joining and representing the Brine team," said Markwordt, who is pursuing a master's degree in medical dietetics at Ohio State. "Having been involved with the sport of lacrosse since third grade, it is very special for me to be representing a line of lacrosse gear and equipment from such an innovative company."
Inside Lacrosse contributed.