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 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!”