Adams State Hires Jason Lamb as Director of Lacrosse

ALAMOSA, Colo. - Adams State College Director of Athletics Larry Mortensen has announced that Jason Lamb has been hired as the Grizzlies' new Director of Lacrosse.

Lamb, who has been serving as the head men's lacrosse coach for the Brigham Young University club-level team since 1995, will oversee both the men's and women's Grizzly teams which both begin play in the 2010-2011 academic year.

"Adams State is tremendously fortunate in getting Coach Lamb to direct the men's and women's programs at our institution," Mortensen said. "We are excited to grow lacrosse at the NCAA Division II level in the West and someone with his passion, drive and expertise make him an ideal person to lead us in those endeavors."

Lamb had similar thoughts. "I'm privileged to be given this responsibility and am ready and excited to grow the sport at Adams State while advancing the game throughout the NCAA Division II level," he said.

In his time at BYU, Lamb has compiled a 213-69 record, good for an impressive .755 winning percentage, and has guided his Cougar teams to three Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association national championships and seven Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference crowns. He was also named as the MCLA National Coach of the Year in 2006.

The MCLA, which Lamb helped organize in his earlier years at BYU, is the national organization for institutions that do not sponsor the growing sport at the varsity and NCAA level. More than 200 institutions, broken into Division I and Division II championship structures are members. He served as the organization's president from 1997-2003.

Lamb is also experienced with the game on the international level and has served as the head coach for the USA West All-Stars in 2002, 2004 & again in 2006. His teams have compiled a combined 34-5 record in Elite international play winning the Open Division Championship at the ILF (International Lacrosse Federation) World Games, held in Perth, Australia in 2002. He also guided teams to a Prague (Czech Republic) Cup Championship in 2004 and an ASPAC Championship in Osaka, Japan in 2006.

While at BYU, Lamb played for the club team and as a junior and senior moved into an on-field coach and captain type of role. Following his graduation and playing career, Lamb became the program's first-ever non-playing coach.

He has also been active in growing the sport serving as a board member for US Lacrosse from 2001-03 and founding Utah County Lacrosse, LLC, a company devoted to creating and organizing youth lacrosse leagues that have so far introduced the sport to more than 3,000 boys and girls, a program that has become a feeder program for area high schools.

He plans to launch a similar program in the San Luis Valley.

Lamb has also organized and directed all aspects of the BYU Summer Lacrosse Camps since 1997, programs that have served over 5,000 youth players.

A native of Rocky Point, N.Y., Lamb originally went to BYU and graduated from the Provo, Utah institution in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in Italian.

A 1986 graduate of Rocky Point High School on Long Island, Lamb played lacrosse and soccer but also wrestled, a path that originally took him to BYU, which dropped the program soon after his arrival on campus.

Lamb, who completed a 2-year church mission to Italy while in college, and his wife Megan have five children, all of whom play lacrosse. Daughter Emily, 17, is a senior at Mountain View High School and is considering attending Adams State to be a part of the inaugural team. Twin sons Devan and Derek, 16, are juniors at MVHS while the couple's younger sons- Jacob and Shawn are 14 and 11 and are currently in eighth and sixth grades, respectively.

2010-02-12



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