Jeff Arneson Named Thiel's Head Lacrosse Coach

GREENVILLE, Pa. - Jeff Arneson, previously an assistant coach for Thiel College, will take over head coaching duties for the second-year program, Director of Athletics Jack Leipheimer announced Thursday.

"We are very pleased and excited to have Jeff take over as our head men's lacrosse coach," Leipheimer said. "He is a highly organized individual that we believe has the ability to attract the very best student-athletes to Thiel. With his engaging demeanor, his ability to positively represent our department and the College, and with the resources and facilities currently in place, we are confident Jeff will be able to position our men's lacrosse program among the top Division III teams in the country."

Arneson joined the Tomcat coaching staff last year as the team's first-ever assistant under former head coach Shem Johnston-Bloom. He served as the offensive coordinator and goalies coach, helping lead the team to its first win in the opening game of the season.

"I'm honored to have been selected as the Tomcats' head men's lacrosse coach," said Arneson. "I'm really looking forward to establishing a strong overall program the College community can get behind and be proud of. We will be a program focused on the balance of academics and athletics, and it is my goal to provide a tremendous experience for our student-athletes."

Prior to his arrival at Thiel in 2010, Arneson was a four-year member of the Wheeling Jesuit lacrosse team. As a senior, he was third on his team in goals with 18 and added 10 assists. Following his senior year he played on a USA travel team that competed in Europe, finishing with a perfect 7-0 record.

He was a standout lacrosse player at Wilmington High School, earning all-state honors. He was a two-year captain and was named his team's MVP after tallying 23 points during his senior season.

A 2010 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit, Arneson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.

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