Burch Promoted to Head Lacrosse Coach at U. of New England

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- University of New England Interim Director of Athletics Curt Smyth has announced that Charlie Burch has been promoted to head men's lacrosse coach. Burch, who previously served as assistant coach for four seasons, takes over for Jon Hunt, who resigned earlier this month to become the head lacrosse coach at Bridgton Academy (Maine).

Burch has an impressive resume that spans five decades as a lacrosse coach. After one-year stints as an assistant coach at Bates College and Colby College, Burch began a storied high school coaching career that saw him win nine state championships while rolling up a career record of 289-102-1.

Burch's Cape Elizabeth High School teams won eight consecutive state titles from 1990-97. All told, he won 160 games at Cape Elizabeth before moving on to Kennebunk High School in 1998, where he led squads to 129 victories and four state runner-up efforts. Between his time at Cape Elizabeth and Kennebunk, Burch coached 20 high school all-Americans and was selected Coach of the Year six times.

Burch was named United States Lacrosse Maine Man of the Year in 2009, and went on to be awarded the presitigious United States Lacrosse Man of the Year Award. He served as that organization's Maine Area Representative from 1989-2009.

As a player, Burch was a four-year letterwinner at Colby, where he attained a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1977. He earned a master's degree in American and New England studies from the University of Southern Maine in 1995.

Burch also has two stepsons who coach lacrosse at the NCAA Division I level. Nick Myers is the head coach at The Ohio State University, while Pat Myers is the associate head coach at the University of North Carolina.

Smyth feels Burch is the ideal choice to take over the program.

"Charlie is a coach with the knowledge, character, and wisdom needed to continue to build upon the recent success of our men's lacrosse program," Smyth said. "His name is synonymous with winning, and he is well-respected regionally, as well as at the national level. In his role as an assistant, he built a strong rapport with the players, which will serve him well in this transition to head coach."

Burch inherits a program that is coming off a school-record 10-win season, including the Nor'easters' first home playoff game and UNE's first appearance at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Championship, where Big Blue finished as the runner-up.

2012-06-25



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