Brian Kingsbury Takes the Reins of Castleton Lacrosse

Castleton, VT - Castleton State College Associate Dean for Athletics and Recreation Deanna Tyson is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Kingsbury as Head Coach of the men's lacrosse team.

A 2001 graduate of the University of Maryland, Kingsbury has spent the past two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Castleton, earning his Master of Education Degree, as a graduate assistant with the program. During his two seasons at Castleton, Kingsbury has played an integral role in helping the Spartans earn their first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) regular season title in 2009, and their first NAC Tournament Championship in 2010 earning the program's first berth in the NCAA National Tournament.

As an assistant, Kingsbury was charged with defensive, face-off and man-down duties, as well as recruiting and study hall coordination. Castleton has led the NAC in face-off percentage in each of the past two seasons, and ranked second in 2010 in goals against average. This past season the Spartans led the nation in ground balls per game, and ranked fifth in face-off percentage.

"Coach Kingsbury has been a big part of the team's success both on and off the field." Tyson said. "Not only has he helped raise their level of play on the field, but he has also played a vital role in getting the team involved in Castleton's mentoring program, as well as raising their level of performance in the classroom."

Prior to Castleton, Kingsbury spent the 2008 season as a volunteer assistant coach at UMass-Amherst, guiding the Minutemen to a .502 face-off winning percentage. Before UMass, Kingsbury was Director of Operations with ICON Lacrosse based in Boulder, Colorado, specializing in player and coaching development programs for youth and high school level players playing indoor and outdoor lacrosse.

While at Maryland, Kingsbury was a four-year player for the Terrapins, playng in every game over his career. In 2001 he won the team's Unsung Hero Award, and was also a two-time winner of "The Steak Award" and twice earned 2nd place for "The Hammer Award."

The position was made available when former coach Dave Wiezalis resigned at the end of the 2010 season to spend more time with his family. Wiezalis led the Spartans to a 66-36 record in six seasons at the helm, leaving as the all-time winningest coach in program history.

Castleton returns five all-conference players from this year's championship squad, including team MVP Craig MacDerment, who ranked fourth in the nation in face-off percentage in 2010.


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