Loyola University Maryland’s lacrosse team, known as the Greyhounds, have experienced success, most recently with an appearance in the NCAA national semifinal game. It was the first time they had been one of only four teams in the country to advance that far in the national tournament since Loyola won a national championship in 2012. With that success as a backdrop, the program has made a definitive statement with the hiring of Marc Van Arsdale as the new offensive coordinator.
Van Arsdale comes to Loyola from the University of Virginia where he was highly successful. He spent 15 years at Virginia, including the last 10 as the associate head coach. During Van Arsdale’s time at Virginia, the school won 3 national championships in lacrosse. It also produced 3 winners of the Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the top American lacrosse player. Virginia’s offense was ranked best in the country twice under Van Arsdale’s coaching, and ranked in the Top 10 an amazing 11 times.
One member of the Greyhounds who should benefit from Van Arsdale’s coaching is Pat Spencer, who had a highly successful freshman year. He set an assist record for the program with 52 and tied the school record for points with 89. He may well be a candidate for the Tewaaraton Award in 2017, and the coaching of Marc Van Arsdale could prove to be very beneficial to Spencer’s chances of winning the award. Star alumni players like Sean Hecker have set the tone for the team’s coming season.
Loyola’s head coach, Charley Toomey, is very excited to have Van Arsdale join his staff. Toomey cited evaluation of talent, recruiting, and production of great offenses as characteristics he is excited to see Van Arsdale bringing to the Loyola program. He is replacing Ryan Moran, who left Loyola to accept the head coaching position at UMBC. The hiring of Van Arsdale is an exciting moment for the team, and should keep Loyola in the national spotlight. Van Arsdale is excited to be joining a high profile program like Loyola, and is grateful for the opportunity to bring his talents to the Greyhounds.
Marc Van Arsdale graduated from Hobart in 1985. While he was there, he was an attackman on 4 consecutive NCAA Division III champion lacrosse teams. In addition to his time at Virginia, Van Arsdale was the head coach at Penn for 5 years.