Trine U. Tabs Vinnie Lang as Head Men's Lacrosse Coach

ANGOLA, Ind. - Trine University has named Vinnie Lang Head men's lacrosse coach, the University announced today. Lang will take the reins of the third-year program immediately.

Lang comes to Trine after leading the Gilmour Academy lacrosse program in suburban Cleveland. Before leading Gilmour, Lang coached collegiately at Mercyhurst, Wittenberg and Dayton, building an all-time record of 64-68.

Lang was also an assistant strength and conditioning coach, working with athletes in all intercollegiate sports at Purdue University.

"Coach Lang is enthusiastic and demonstrates a personal and professional energy and work ethic that we believe characterizes Thunder athletics," athletic director Jeff Posendek said. "He has an impressive track record of leadership, discipline and success as a player, coach and as a person."

Lang's vision for Trine extends beyond wins and losses.

"I want to help make better lacrosse players and better people who will be prepared for success on and off the field and have some fun along the way," Lang said. "Lacrosse is a special game. I want my guys to play with pride, win with integrity, and lose with honor. Most importantly, work hard, have fun and enjoy the ride."

As a player at SUNY-Oswego and Purdue, Lang was consistently an all-conference player. He also played for the German National team for several seasons, including at the 1998 World Games and the 2001 European Championship.

Lang's 1999 Mercyhurst squad finished 10th in NCAA Division II. At Dayton, the Flyers finished 13-1 in 2007 and advanced to the national semi-finals. He was named CCLA South Coach of the Year. Most recently he was the head lacrosse coach and physical fitness program director at Gilmour Academy.

He is a frequent instructor at camps and clinics nationwide, including at Notre Dame, Syracuse, the Unites States Naval Academy and Michigan.

Lang holds a bachelor's degree in movement and sports science and a master's in exercise physiology. He also served in the United States Marine Corps for 12 years and reached the rank of sergeant. He spent six months in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait serving in the first Gulf War.

Lang has a wife, Tere, and two sons, Nikko and Cole.


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