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Not in Lacrosse, But Jack Coan Finally Suits Up for Notre Dame

Jack Coan is finally a student-athlete at Notre Dame, but it’s not for lacrosse.

The quarterback made his debut for the football team in the Irish’s 41-38 overtime victory at Florida State to start off their 2021 campaign, completing 26 of his 35 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns. Jack Coan is now a solidified part of Notre Dame football, but four years ago, he was on the path to be a solidified part of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse.

As a freshman in high school, Jack Coan committed to Notre Dame for lacrosse. Coming from Sayville, New York, on Long Island, he didn’t think college football was an option for him. But after some tireless work from his high school football coach Rob Hoss, some big-time programs gained interest in the QB. Eventually, Wisconsin, Miami (FL), Northwestern, Rutgers, Syracuse, and West Virginia all wanted him for football.

Ultimately, Jack Coan chose football over lacrosse, and his initial destination was Wisconsin. He started 18 combined games for the Badgers in 2018 and 2019 before a foot injury kept him off the field in 2020. Coan entered the transfer portal in the offseason, and it just so happened that Notre Dame was in the market for a quarterback.

“Growing up, I was actually a Notre Dame fan,” Coan told Mark Skol Jr. of in April. “I was committed here for lacrosse. I think the main reason for that was I wanted to come here and watch some football games. It was pretty cool. I worked out. It came full circle when I was able to come here. Coming out of high school as far as football, I didn’t have an offer here. If I did, it would have been a good chance that I came here.”

Notre Dame football will play next against Toledo on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 3:30 p.m. EST in South Bend. The Irish will take on Wisconsin at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sept. 25, pitting Jack Coan against his former team just weeks into the season.

Now for the other lacrosse news from the week of Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2021.

Last Week in Lacrosse

The 2021 PLL Championship is set: a pair of upsets in the semifinals means some low seeds will battle for the crown. Chaos took out Atlas, 15-9, while Whipsnakes handled Waterdogs, 14-10, to formulate a rematch of the 2020 title contest. Will the Whips win again and continue their stranglehold on the league, or can the Chaos get revenge and become the second club to claim a PLL crown?

Sean Fox, who won four NCAA Division III national championships as a player at Hobart as another as a coach, died in late August from liposarcoma. He was 59.

Tom Kennedy, who played for the Boston Cannons in the 2018 MLL season, has a shot at making the Detroit Lions’ roster.

Hartford men’s lacrosse announced it will withdraw from America East competition immediately as the team does not have the minimum number of athletes required by the conference to field a squad.

Jonathan Donville was selected No. 1 overall in the 2021 NLL Draft by Panther City. That makes it two years in a row that a Cornell player has been the first name off the board in the NLL Draft.

Chase Scanlan’s accuser has filed a federal lawsuit against Syracuse over how it handled the lacrosse player’s situation in the spring, with Orange AD John Wildhack and former Syracuse men’s lacrosse head coach John Desko also listed as defendants.

Jake Spallina committed to Syracuse, and Eli Petty verbally committed to Virginia – just two of the big recruiting declarations of the last week.

The MCLA changed its rules to now allow NCAA schools with varsity lacrosse programs to also form squads to compete in its divisions.

The Voice of Pelham and Central Niagara did a profile on Jim Weller, a former standout athlete from the area who’s still tearing it up on the lacrosse field in his 60s.

Get Caught Up on LAS Content

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