FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Texas Christian University men's lacrosse team is pleased to introduce the coaching staff for the upcoming season.
Mark Purcell Head Coach – Offensive Coordinator
Purcell grew up in Farmington Hills, Mich., and graduated from Michigan State with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned his MBA. While at Michigan State, Mark was a four-year letterman for the Spartans NCAA Division I lacrosse program and was also appointed as a captain during his junior and senior years.
Purcell coached lacrosse for four years in the Severna Park (Md.) youth association. He was also associated with the Plano West Senior High School lacrosse program for three years where he was the head coach of the Division I team.
Purcell was also the head coach at Oklahoma for three years where he led the building of a competitive and playoff program. He joined TCU as the head coach in 2015.
Richard Schwartz Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator
Schwartz, a University of Maryland graduate, takes over the defensive coordinator duties for TCU with over 25 years of coaching experience. He's held numerous coaching positions in Baltimore County and has since made his way to Texas and brought a solid lacrosse background with him.
Schwartz has coached in Texas for eight years and was most recently the head coach at UT-Dallas. Prior to UTD, he was the varsity head coach at Lovejoy High School in Dallas as well as serving as the executive director of Plano East lacrosse, Wrangler lacrosse and Plano United lacrosse. Schwartz brings with him a high-intensity style.
Matt Patyk Assistant Coach – Defense/Goalie & Alumni Relations
Patyk grew up in Houstonand has played lacrosse since he was eight years old. He graduated from TCU in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. In 2004, Patyk graduated from Kinkaid High School, where he played a mixture of midfield and goalie for the Division I varsity lacrosse team.
He was a member of the TCU men’s lacrosse team from 2004-08, where he was involved with various officer positions. He instrumental in helping rebuild the program. In 2008. Patyk was elected captain by his teammates and has been involved with the program as a coach ever since graduating.
Pat DeBolt Assistant Coach – FOM
DeBolt grew up in Waterloo, N.Y., and graduated from Hofstra University. Following his college lacrosse playing career, DeBolt coached five years in NCAA Division I, including time at Duke. He has worked with some of the best players in the world and coached alongside the top coaches in the game including Hofstra's Seth Tierney, Ohio State's Nick Myers and John Danowski from Duke.
DeBolt has extensive coaching experience working with the top select lacrosse programs around the country and he brought his knowledge and experience to North Texas and his Sentry program. Pat is notable for his faceoff and goalie instruction and camps.