The Loyola Greyhound’s lacrosse team were already looking forward to the new season with a sense of pride and optimism due to the ability of high quality players, such as Pat Spencer, but the arrival of a new offensive coordinator has added to the sense of excitement surrounding the team. Alumni players including Sean Hecker have led the team to past victories. For individuals like Pat Spencer the arrival of former Virginia associate head coach Marc Van Arsdale should provide a great deal of excitement as the experienced coach achieved some amazing things during his 15 years at with the Cavaliers.
Loyola have given themselves the chance to become one of the top teams with the hiring of Van Arsdale as the time he spent with the Virginia Cavaliers resulted in NCAA Division I Championships in 2003, 2006, and 2011; the wealth of experience the new coordinator brings will help the Greyhound’s as they look to make strides to become one of the top lacrosse teams in the upcoming season and beyond. Head Coach Charley Toomey was quick to release a statement praising the talents of Van Arsdale as he looks to take the team to bigger and better achievements in the coming seasons.
The statement released by Coach Toomey explained the team are hoping for a long and successful relationship with Coach Van Arsdale as he welcomed he and his family to the Loyola family. Not only did Coach Toomey welcome Marc Van Arsdale to the team, but he explained just how he can benefit the lacrosse program for many seasons to come; Coach Toomey took the chance to explain how important Van Arsdale will be in terms of recruitment and getting the best out of new and existing players.
The wealth of experience Marc Van Arsdale brings to the Loyola lacrosse program includes his own playing days at Hobart where he was part of a run of four consecutive NCAA Division III Championships, which was followed by a successful period as head coach of the Penn lacrosse program. Marc Van Arsdale will also bring a tradition of helping young players develop into award winners in the offensive third of the game after coaching three Tewaaraton Award winners to success during his time with Virginia.