Loyola University Maryland head men’s lacrosse coach Charles Toomey has announced the hiring of Marc Van Arsdale to succeed Ryan Moran as the team’s new offensive coordinator. Van Arsdale held the same position at the University of Virginia for the past 15 years, where he enjoyed considerable success and earned a reputation as an offensive mastermind.
The departure of longtime Virginia head coach Dom Starsia, and the hiring of new head coach Lars Tiffany and offensive coordinator Sean Kirwan, opened the door for Van Arsdale to leave the Cavaliers despite there being a year left on his contract. It is not surprising that a coach of Van Arsdale’s caliber quickly found a new coaching opportunity, and considering the strong tradition of lacrosse at Loyola, the match appears to make perfect sense.
Expectations will be high as Loyola is coming off a season in which they won the Patriot League with a 9-1 record and averaged nearly 11 goals per game. The team went on to reach the national semifinals where they were defeated by North Carolina. Van Arsdale should step in and guide a solid offensive unit to continued success. The team’s current roster is positioned for success in the coming season, following the past successes of alumni players including Sean Hecker.
In a recent press release, Coach Toomey wrote, “Marc has been a part of championship teams, is a terrific recruiter and evaluator of talent, and he has coached some of the best offenses in the game. We are excited for him to hit the ground running here at Loyola and become a part of the Greyhound men’s lacrosse program.”
At Virginia, Van Arsdale had the top-ranked offense in the country in both 2006 and 2009, as well as multiple top five and top 10 ranked offenses. He has also coached three Tewaaraton winners, an award given annually to the most outstanding American college lacrosse player. This news should excite Greyhounds fans as last year’s freshman sensation Pat Spencer is already receiving buzz as a candidate for next year’s award.
Loyola last won a national championship in 2012. Greyhound nation is hoping the addition of a new coach can help propel them back into title contention. Van Arsdale has a strong track record of excellence and will have several months to get to know his new personnel and have them ready for next season.