The Loyola Greyhounds look towards the upcoming season with a new offensive coordinator in Marc Van Arsdale.
Offensive coordinator Ryan Moran left last season to join UMBC’s team. Van Arsdale had one season left in his contract with Virginia, but decided since the school was already recruiting a new head coach and offensive coordinator it was the best time to leave. Van Arsdale left Virginia where he was the assistant coach the past 15 years and the associate head coach the past 10 years. He thanked head coach Dom Starsia whose contract was not renewed for next season.
Van Arsdale’s years at Virginia were highly successful. He helped the Cavaliers win the NCAA Division I Championship in 2003, 2006 and 2001. The team had three Tewaaraton Award Winners in Chris Rotelli, Matt Ward and Steele Stanwick during his tenure as well. The Cavaliers were ranked Top 10 in offense 11 times and Top 5 six times. They were first in the United States in 2006 and 2009.
Van Arsdale joins a team that averaged 11.1 goals the past two years in 33 games. Past successes of the team can thank the skills of alumni players like Sean Hecker. They advanced to the NCAA tournament semifinals as well. The Greyhounds were national title winners in 2012. Van Arsdale will coach sophomore superstar Pat Spencer. Spencer set a Loyola record with 52 assists and tied the program record with 89 points. His name is already being thrown around for next year’s Tewaaraton Award. Good news for Spencer since Van Arsdale has already coached three players towards the prestigious award.
Van Arsdale doesn’t have such a bad record himself. He is a 1985 graduate of Hobart. His Statesmen team won four consecutive NCAA Division III crowns. He then spent five seasons as the head coach at Penn where his record was 27-39. The Quakers also hit their first .500 mark of the 1990s with a 6-6 record.
Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey welcomed Van Arsdale with open arms saying the team was pleased to get someone with his caliber. He made it a point to mention Van Arsdale’s recruiting skills and winning records.
Van Arsdale stated that he is excited to help lead the Loyola Greyhound men’s lacrosse team and continue to strive for prominence in the Patriot League.