Tiffin (OH) Adds Lacrosse, Hires Schreiber as Coach

TIFFIN, OHIO Mark Schreiber has been named Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Tiffin University, as the school announced the addition of its latest intercollegiate athletic program. Schreiber, an Eastern Kentucky University graduate with a Master's degree from the University of Louisville, served as Head Women's Lacrosse Club Coach at the University of Kentucky in 2008. He helped lead the team to a best ever 8-3 regular season record with an impressive 51.6 percent shooting percentage while defensively allowing just 6.6 goals per game.

Prior to the University of Kentucky, Schreiber built the women's lacrosse club program at Noblesville (IN) High School from 2004 to 2007. In the first three years of the program, the team twice placed in the top three defensively in the state. He has coached numerous players that went on to play collegiate lacrosse, including a starter for Ohio State, while also coaching 9 Academic Scholar Athletes and a First Team All-State player. Schreiber employs a unique coaching style that stresses passing and receiving while on the run along with a decision making process that allows players to know each other's moves before they execute the play.

Women's Lacrosse is the 19th NCAA Division II athletic program offered by Tiffin University. It is also the 10th women's athletics program the university offers. The team will compete as an Independent program beginning in the spring of 2010 and will compete at the Paradiso Athletic Fields. A total of 42 NCAA Division II institutions compete in women's lacrosse, including programs at Gannon University, Mercyhurst University, Seton Hill University, Notre Dame College, and Wheeling Jesuit University. Women's lacrosse is also a sponsored sport of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

"I am grateful to President Marion and Athletic Director Allen for giving me this opportunity. Tiffin impressed me as a school that can embrace out-of-the-box thinking and in that spirit our program will feature a unique style of play. My philosophy is based on my conviction that lacrosse is a player's game, not a coach's game," said Schreiber. "We will play a Kentucky Fastbreak style of attack that stresses unified decision making at the individual level. My players also play a major role in managing the game. I believe it is vital to teach our student athletes how to think rather than what to think. Our program will teach our players how to thrive in chaos on and off the field."

"We are excited at the prospect of adding women's lacrosse to our athletic department," said Lonny Allen, Athletic Director. "It is an up-and-coming sport similar to what women's soccer was in the late 1980s. We felt it was a good time to be proactive and expand into what we see as a growth sport. Coach Schreiber has a real passion for the sport. It will be a pleasure to watch him bring his love of coaching and recruiting into the program as it develops over the next year."


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