BYU Lacrosse Adds new Coaching Talent
PROVO, Utah – Brigham Young University Lacrosse Head Coach Matt Schneck announced on Monday the addition of two new assistant coaches to the 2013-2014 coaching staff. Mark Manning (Utah ’11) and Neil Wallace (BYU ’12) will join the staff immediately in preparation for the upcoming season.
Manning and Wallace will join 1st Assistant, Jordan Harris (BYU ’07) and Jeremy Rife (BYU ’10) to round out the coaching staff. “I am thrilled to be surrounded with such talented coaches that have a love for the game and a love for BYU”, said Head Coach Matt Schneck. “Mark and Neil are going to be a wonderful addition to an already strong group of assistant coaches.”
Manning will be the Offensive Co-Coordinator alongside Jeremy Rife, who is entering his fourth season as an assistant coach and first season as Offensive Co-Coordinator.
Manning, a three-time high school All-American as well as three-time collegiate All-American at the Attack position for both BYU and the University of Utah, will bring a new vision to an already prolific offense. Manning comes to BYU with two years of collegiate offensive coordinating experience and as one of the most decorated players to have coached at BYU.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with this great group of players and great coaching staff”, said Manning. “This program has a great history and a great future ahead and I’m very much looking forward to once again being a part of BYU Lacrosse.”
The Cougars finished the 2013 season with a final four appearance, ranked #4 in the country and scored 253 goals while averaging 12.65 goals per game. Manning and Rife will be looking to improve that mark even further.
Wallace will be the Defensive Midfield Coach, as well as responsible for face-off specialists and goalies. He will be assisting Defensive Coordinator, Jordan Harris.
“Having won National Championships with Neil as a teammate and as his coach, I couldn’t be more excited to have him join the staff” said Harris. “Very few have the understanding of the key mechanics and skills that make a great defensive player. Neil’s knowledge is unmatched, and it will help our defense improve exponentially this year”.
Wallace, a high school All-American as well as a collegiate All-American, has the honor of being a two-time collegiate National Champion. Wallace has been considered by many to be the best defensive midfielder to play at BYU.
“Neil is tough,” said Schneck. “He is going to bring an attitude of toughness to our midfielders that will alter the way they think about the game.”
The Cougar defense was one of the stingiest defenses in the country in 2013 allowing an average of only 7.65 goals per game.
The Cougars are only two weeks away from the beginning of Fall Camp. Open tryouts will be held at 6:30am on Tuesday morning, September 3rd on North University Lacrosse Field and will continue throughout the week. Coach Schneck has high expectations for this year’s team.
“I am excited for this upcoming season and the potential of this returning group of players” Schneck said. “The 2013 squad surpassed expectations in what many considered would be a rebuilding year. I expect nothing less this year from a team that has more experience and is committed to excellence.”
The Brigham Young University Men’s Lacrosse Team is a proud member of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The Cougars have won four MCLA National Championship Titles – 1997, 2000, 2007 and 2011, and have been honored with more than 100 All-Americans who have proudly worn the Y. For more information, please visit www.byulacrosse.com, Twitter @byulacrosse, Facebook.