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May 29, 2014 - WOU Seeking Assistant Coaches for 2015

Western Oregon University is currently accepting applications to fill two assistant coach positions for the 2015 spring season.  Western Oregon competes in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division 2 as a member of the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League.  These positions are part-time, with responsibilities to the team beginning in September 2014 and extending through the end of the academic year in June 2015.  The team budget provides for compensation that is competitive and based on experience.

The Western Oregon men’s lacrosse team is coming off a successful season in which they went 16-2 and received an At Large bid to the MCLA D2 National Tournament, losing in the quarterfinals to the eventual champion.  The program has also won PNCLL titles in 6 of the last 7 seasons.

Your primary duties as assistant coach will be the following: formation and execution of offensive/defensive philosophy, execution of practice plans to support team philosophy, scouting opponents, equipment management, player development, and 100% University and League rules compliance.  Positions will report directly to Head Coach and Director of Campus Recreation.

Secondary duties will include but are not limited to: fundraising, participation in team run youth camps, and recruiting.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree. Ability to pass a background check. Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to interact with university staff, take feedback in a constructive coaching environment, and respectfully challenge student athletes to improve.  Playing experience at high school level a minimum, with strong preference for MCLA/NCAA playing and coaching experience.

Salary: $2,000-$3,500, with special consideration for additional compensation for commuters from Portland Metro area.

Availability: September 2014 - June 2015. Practices Monday-Friday in evening. Weekend games with travel at variable intervals in Fall and Spring.

Please submit coaching resume and cover letter to: woulax@gmail.com

Contact for additional information: Ben Prahl, Director of Campus Recreation - prahlb@wou.edu; Will Patton, Head Coach - william.h.patton@gmail.com; Chris Curtis, Team General Manager - woulax@gmail.com

May 28, 2014 - Will Patton Named New Head Coach

May 28, 2014 (Monmouth, OR) - The Western Oregon University Men’s lacrosse program announced today that they have accepted a letter of resignation from head coach Steve Blair.

After coming off the best season in program history, finishing as a national quarterfinalist with a 16-2 record, the Wolves will look to a new leader for the 2014-15 season. “I know I speak for everyone when I say that I would like to thank Coach Blair for the tireless effort he provided to the players and staff this season. He has helped lay the foundation to a promising new future,” said team general manager Chris Curtis.

The Wolves new head coach for the upcoming season, and foreseeable future, was an easy decision for the program’s leadership as they selected former assistant coach Will Patton to take over immediately. Newly elected team president Dan Hochspeier had this to say about the announcement, “Will Patton will be an outstanding head coach for WOU, he has a brilliant lacrosse mind and will be a great leader for us. He brings a fresh, energetic approach to our team,”

Coach Will Patton

Coach Patton seemed thrilled at the opportunity stating, “I am extremely excited to take over as head coach for the Western Oregon University men’s lacrosse program! The greatest honor of taking over comes in the challenge this team provides of improving every year and always looking to compete on a national basis in the MCLA Division 2. This program has a tradition of success, and we will seek to do nothing but continue to execute on our yearly goals of winning the PNCLL and pursuing a MCLA national title. My personal goals will be to build a sustainable program in all facets: coaching strategy, recruiting, and budgeting. Western Oregon University is a fantastic institution and will continue to be a premiere destination for lacrosse talent for years to come!”

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