Post (Conn.) to Add Men's D-II Program in '14
from press release
WATERBURY, Conn. – Post University, an NCAA Division II and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) member, announced it will add men's lacrosse as its 17th intercollegiate sport. The Eagles begin practice in 2013, and gain full varsity standing in 2014. Jim Griffin was named the program's inaugural head coach.
Post University will become the third member of the CACC to introduce men's lacrosse. Chestnut Hill and Dominican (N.Y.) are currently the other member institutions which participate in men's lacrosse. Division II men's lacrosse consists of three regions: Central, North and South. The North region consists of 12 institutions in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. The Eagles will become the only NCAA Division II program in the state of Connecticut.
"Since the Northeast is a lacrosse 'hot bed' it was only logical to add men's lacrosse to our intercollegiate sport offerings," Post University Athletics Director Anthony Fallacaro said. "Not only will this attract more quality student-athletes to Post, but it also will give us more opportunities to use our brand new state-of-the-art facility, LaMoy Field. This is an exciting time at Post University."
Griffin brings seven years of head coaching experience to the program and was heavily involved in the launch of the men's lacrosse program at York College of Pennsylvania.
"I'm very thankful to Dr. [Tom] Samph and Anthony Fallacaro for selecting me for this position," said Griffin "I'm very excited to get back into Division II after I was a student-athlete at that level at Limestone. The opportunity to be coaching in Division II is amazing."
Griffin mentored a pair of NCAA Division III All-Americans and produced a NCAA Statistical Champion in 2006. Josh Papsan led the Spartans and the nation with 9.75 ground balls per game. Under his watch, York's men's lacrosse program produced the first Academic All-American and Division III All-American in 2009. Additionally, during that campaign, the Spartans earned their first shutout in program history, a 9-0 win over Susquehanna on April 9.
Griffin brought the program to its first winning season in 2006, a squad that finished with an 11-5 record. The win total set a single-season record for victories. The Spartans also earned their highest finish in Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) history (third place), garnered the first postseason win in program history over Catholic University and produced the first Preseason All-American in the history of York College of Pennsylvania men's lacrosse.
In his seven years at York, Griffin amassed an overall record of 56-48 and 26-23 in the CAC. He is the all-time leader in wins at York, and ranked fifth in the conference in wins (26) and winning percentage (.531). In addition to his post as the men's lacrosse coach, Griffin also served as an Academic Advisor for the Sport Management program at York.
Prior to his time at the helm of York, Griffin served as an assistant coach with the program from 2001-04. In those four seasons, he coordinated the first recruiting class in program history and mentored the 2003 conference Freshman of the Year.
"As we continue to attract a larger group of academically accomplished and highly motivated students to our Waterbury campus, we look forward to welcoming an outstanding group of student-athletes to this new program," Samph said. "Coach Griffin is committed to recruiting and developing a group of students-athletes capable of success on and off the field."
During his collegiate career, Griffin won the 2000 NCAA Division II national championship at Limestone College. A midfielder, he earned his degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing.
Individuals who are interested in joining the program should contact Coach Griffin.
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