There is a new face of Utah lacrosse, and his name is Andrew McMinn.
Andrew McMinn has officially been named the new head lacrosse coach at the University of Utah after the departure of Brian Holman. McMinn has spent the last ten seasons at Robert Morris leading the Colonials to an impressive 76 victories during his time as head coach.
The two-time Northeast Conference Coach of the Year has spent his entire coaching career at Robert Morris University over the past fifteen years. He served as head coach for the past ten seasons leading the Colonials to two NEC tournament titles, NCAA Tournament berths, and a regular season conference championship.
“I AM EXTREMELY GRATEFUL TO BECOME THE NEXT HEAD COACH OF UTAH LACROSSE. I WANT TO THANK MARK HARLAN AND THE SEARCH COMMITTEE FOR GIVING ME THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY. IT IS EXTREMELY EVIDENT THAT THE DEPARTMENT IS FILLED WITH EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE AND I CAN’T WAIT TO LEAD THE PROGRAM TO BE CHAMPIONS ON AND OFF THE FIELD.”
– Andrew mcminn
McMinn is the second lacrosse coach in the program’s short history, filling the shoes of Brian Holman who had previously been with the Utes since 2017. Holman played a major role in bringing the program to division one status leading up to the 2019 season. During his time as head coach, Brian Holman compiled a 12-20 record over the course of three seasons as a division one program.
“WHEN I CAME HERE, I HAD IN MIND A FIVE-YEAR COMMITMENT TO BUILD THIS PROGRAM. AFTER TWO YEARS AS A CLUB SPORT AND THREE YEARS AS A DIVISION I PROGRAM, I FEEL LIKE WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED ALL OF OUR GOALS, AND I’M VERY PROUD OF THE WORK DONE BY THIS COACHING STAFF AND OUR PLAYERS.”
Andrew McMinn has coached 25 of the 26 former Colonial players who have embarked on a professional lacrosse career. He has single handedly transformed the RMU program and leaves the Colonials in a great position to succeed in the future. McMinn looks to build on the culture already established at Utah as the program enters its first season as an affiliate member of the ASUN conference.
Now for the other lacrosse news from the week of August 24-30, 2021.
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The NLL Draft was held over the weekend and some of the top names in college lacrosse found a new home at the professional level. One of the biggest takeaways being Tehoka Nanticoke being selected third overall by the Buffalo Bandits. In a blockbuster move, the Bandits would also trade away the 13th overall pick to the San Diego Seals in exchange for Connor Fields.
Boston College Women’s Lacrosse have added transfer Courtney Taylor from Temple University to their roster. Courtney played four seasons with the Owls and now joins the 2021 National Champs for her final season. The Eagles add to its star caliber roster with Tewaaraton winner Charlotte North returning this season as well.
The MCLA announced that they will now be accepting non-varsity programs at institutions that also sponsor a varsity lacrosse team. Since its inception in 1997, the MCLA has limited its membership to programs at institutions that do not have a varsity entity. There has been a ton of offseason news coming out of the MCLA entering the 2022 season.
Athletes Unlimited confirm a second season after a successful first year of professional women’s lacrosse.
USA Lacrosse, with support from World Lacrosse and participating Iroquois and Canadian federations, will play host to a historic “Super Sixes” tournament, October 23-24, in Sparks, Maryland.
The Virginia Cavaliers men’s lacrosse team will play in a pair of exhibition games as part of the 2021 USA Lacrosse Fall Classic in October.
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