Defiance C. Adds Lacrosse, Hires Marc Graham as Coach

DEFIANCE, Ohio The Defiance College athletics department has announced that it will add men's lacrosse in 2011-2012, with a full varsity season slated to begin in 2012-2013. Marc Graham has been hired to start the team, which will bring the number of varsity athletic programs offered at DC to 21.

"I am thrilled that we are now adding lacrosse to the extensive athletic opportunities available to DC students," said Defiance College President Mark Gordon. "We look forward to building a strong and successful program. I am personally looking forward to attending the team's home games and welcoming the new lacrosse student-athletes to our DC family."

The DC men's lacrosse program will compete as a club sport throughout the 2011-2012 season, before joining the rest of Defiance's 20 NCAA Division III sponsored programs for a full varsity schedule during the 2012-2013 year. The inaugural varsity season will be in the spring of 2013.

Graham will be charged with building the program at Defiance College, after spending over one decade as the head men's lacrosse coach at South Windsor High School in Connecticut and the past five years working as the defensive coordinator and recruiting director for the men's lacrosse program at Trinity College.

"We are very excited to add Marc to our athletics staff," stated athletics director Jenni Morrison. "He brings with him the experience needed to start the men's lacrosse program from the ground up. He will be hitting the recruiting trail hard to attract students interested in starting the program in 2011-2012 as a club and to make sure that we have a competitive varsity team ready for 2012-2013."

Graham coached five All-New England Small College Athletic Conference players during his time with Trinity and highlighted his tenure as the defensive coordinator by leading the Bantams to the top-ranked scoring defense in the NESCAC during the 2010 campaign.

Prior to joining the staff at Trinity in 2005, Graham spent 11 years coaching football, women's basketball and men's lacrosse at South Windsor High. His stint with the lacrosse team resulted in trips to the Connecticut Division II State Finals in 1995 and 1996 and a Connecticut Division II State Championship in 1999.

Graham lettered in football and lacrosse at Dean Junior College, prior to earning a bachelor's degree in recreation management from Springfield College in 1994.

For Graham, this is the challenge that he has been seeking. "I first want to thank the Defiance College administration for entrusting me with this great opportunity," Graham said. "I will immediately begin seeking out student-athletes of high character, who are equally committed to achieving in the classroom and on the lacrosse field. I am focused on building a competitive program here at DC and can not wait to get started."

Graham is set to begin his tenure with Defiance College on February 1, and will begin recruiting immediately.


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