Jeff Shirk Tabbed as Head Coach at Washington College

A native of Mountain Lakes, NJ, Shirk and his wife Elizabeth have two daughters - Emily and Anna. Shirk, 32, earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Maryland in May 2001.

The Washington College men's lacrosse team has made 30 NCAA and USILA Tournament appearances. The Shoremen, who are 594-329-1 all-time, won the 1998 NCAA Division III National Championship and the 1954 USILA Laurie Cox Division Co-National Championship. Washington College men's lacrosse players have earned All-America honors 226 times. The 2011 season will be the 70th season of varsity men's lacrosse at Washington College. The College first fielded a varsity men's lacrosse program from 1929 until 1934 and revived the sport for the 1948 season.

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LEXINGTON, Va. – VMI has announced that former lacrosse coach Jeff Shirk has accepted a position as the new head coach at Washington College, located in Chestertown, Md. A national search for his successor will begin immediately, with assistant coach Curtis Jaques, VMI class of 2007, serving as the interim coach.

“We would like to thank Coach Shirk for his four years of service to VMI,” said VMI Athletic Director Donny White. “We appreciate everything he did for the lacrosse program, and wish him the best in his future endeavors. We will look to find a successor who has many of the same qualities: Successful lacrosse coaching experience, a strong work ethic, a total commitment to winning and the ability to recruit and develop talented lacrosse athletes.”

“I greatly appreciate my time at VMI, and the relationships I've had a chance to build,” stated Shirk. “To get to know the players and their families and to be a part of this community has meant a great deal to me, and I will always look back on my time at VMI fondly.”

Shirk, the fourth lacrosse coach since VMI reinstated its program at the Division I level (1983), spent four years at VMI. That time was highlighted by the 2008 season when, led by Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Offensive Player of the Year Kevin Hill, the Keydets posted a litany of firsts. They made the postseason for the first time, earned their first postseason victory (an 8-7 overtime win over Providence) and advanced to the conference finals for the first time ever. Shirk was also instrumental in the development of midfielder Tim Moran, who was named an Honorable Mention All-American after the 2010 season. Moran was the first Keydet to earn that honor.

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