Penn Names Assistant Coaches in Men's Lacrosse

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania's Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse, Mike Murphy, has announced the hiring of his new staff for the 2011 season. Jason Archbell has been named defensive and recruiting coordinator, Cory Coffman will be the Quakers' new offensive coordinator, while Michael Keating will work with the staff as an assistant coach overseeing substitutions and personnel.

"I am very excited about our new assistant coaching staff," said Murphy, who enters his second year at Penn this fall. "They bring a level of energy, professionalism, knowledge, and personal qualities that will greatly enhance our ability to achieve our championship goals."

Jason Archbell comes to Penn from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., where he spent the last two years as the Generals' assistant coach and defensive coordinator. During his two seasons at W&L, the Generals went 27-10 overall, and they won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship in 2009. Washington & Lee's defense allowed 7.47 goals per game in 2009, but lowered that to 6.41 in 2010-13th among NCAA Division III programs. In addition to his duties with the lacrosse program, Archbell was an assistant professor of Physical Education at the University.

Archbell was the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Denison University in 2008, helping the Big Red to a 14-3 record and heading up a defense that allowed a nation-low 5.34 goals per game. As coach of the goalies, he oversaw goalkeeper Alex Baruch who was the national Division 3 Goalie of the Year. Archbell also spent two years as the defensive coordinator at Kenyon College, helping the Lords to a 23-6 record during that time and a spot in the 2006 NCAA Division III Championship. Archbell got his coaching start at Virginia Wesleyan College, where he spent three seasons as a defensive coordinator.

Archbell played his college lacrosse at Hampden-Sydney College, captaining the squad his senior year. The Tigers made three NCAA Championship appearances and won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) once during his career. Archbell was a two-time All-ODAC defenseman and earned honorable mention All-America as a senior.

Cory Coffman spent the last two years as an assistant coach at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md. The Mount improved from 2-10 in 2008 to 5-8 in 2009, his first season, then made a quantum leap in 2010 that included the program's second national ranking in 25 years and its first wins over a top-10 and top-20 team. Picked fourth in the preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), MSM went 10-1 in conference play and won the MAAC title over top-seeded and defending champion Siena. That put the Mount in the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship, where they lost to No. 1 Virginia in the first round, ending their season with a 12-5 record. Coffman then coached in the North/South Senior All-Star Game over championship weekend in May.

Coffman got his college coaching start as a volunteer assistant coach at Penn State in the fall of 2008, after spending the 2008 spring season working as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at his high school alma mater, Riverside High School.

Coffman played his college lacrosse at Loyola (Md.), where he was a three-year starter and four-year regular at midfield. His senior year, the Greyhounds qualified for their first NCAA appearance in five years, and at the end of his career he was voted by teammates, peers and faculty to be recipient of the University's Medal of Merit as its best male student-athlete.

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