July 24, 2009

Courtesy of Penn State

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Guy Van Arsdale, one of the most respected coaches in collegiate men's lacrosse, has been named head coach at Colorado College, Director of Athletics Ken Ralph announced today.

"What an exciting day for CC lacrosse," Ralph said. "Guy Van Arsdale has the experience, talent, work ethic, and recruiting ability to elevate our program at Colorado College. His passion for education and his understanding of the liberal arts college setting make him the perfect choice to lead the program for many years to come."

Van Arsdale adds more than 20 years of coaching experience to a program that is on the verge of earning a spot in the upper echelon of Division III.

"I am very honored and excited to pursue the opportunity so graciously offered to me by Colorado College and am extremely anxious to take the lead of such an exciting and promising program," he said.

Van Arsdale served as an assistant coach at Penn State University for six years (2004-09) after spending one season in the same capacity at the University of Notre Dame. From 2001-03, he was head coach and assistant general manager of the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse as well as an assistant coach with the Rochester Knighthawks professional indoor lacrosse franchise.

"This was a difficult decision only because Penn State is such a tremendous place and the student-athletes there are great people and very talented athletes," Van Arsdale said. "The relationships we have built there will be cherished always."

During his 12 seasons as head coach at Rochester Institute of Technology, Van Arsdale's teams posted a combined record of 112-54 and made five NCAA tournament appearances, including a berth in the national semifinals in 1999. He has coached more than 50 All-Americans and continues to be sought after as a featured speaker at regional and national coaching clinics.

"I am excited for Guy Van Arsdale and I am excited for Colorado College," said Bill Tierney, who won six national championships at Princeton University and was recently named head coach at the University of Denver. "It is tremendous that a coach whom I hold in such high regard is coming to CC.  It will be great fun to work with Guy to grow the game of lacrosse in the Western United States. This is a great move for Guy and an excellent hire for Colorado College."

Van Arsdale enjoyed a highly decorated career as a goaltender at Hobart College, where he led the Statesmen to four consecutive national championships (1980-83) while playing for current Georgetown University head coach Dave Urick. Van Arsdale was named the C. Markland Kelly Goalie of the Year three times, the Division III Player of the Year in 1983 and participated in the North-South All-Star Game during his senior year. He earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1984.

"We, my wife Julia and I, are very grateful to President Dick Celeste, Athletic Director Ken Ralph and Associate Athletic Director Greg Capell for the opportunity to become very engaged members of the Colorado College community," Van Arsdale said. "Everyone we met and came in contact with showed the creative and adventurous spirit that just permeates the whole campus and is truly infectious.

"We are excited to work with young men who are looking for the unique challenges that can be found at Colorado College and are very confident that we will be able to build on the already great history that Tiger Lacrosse boasts. I can't imagine a greater place to be challenged and grow than in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. Julia and I look forward to this happening with us, just as it does with the students at Colorado College."

Van Arsdale's brother, Marc, is the associate head lacrosse coach at the University of Virginia.

"Guy Van Arsdale coming to Colorado College is proof that CC is committed to competing at the highest level in Division III lacrosse," said Schuyler Grey III, who played for the Tigers from 1979-82. "Every player and coach involved in the history of CC lacrosse should be excited that their contribution on the field has led to the hiring of Coach Van Arsdale. Doc Stabler (founder of the program) would be proud that we are moving his team to the highest competitive level."

Van Arsdale succeeds David Zazzaro, who resigned on July 8 after eight seasons as head coach of the Tigers.