Mark Morrell Named New Head Lacrosse Coach at Elmhurst

ELMHURST, Ill., September 10, 2012 Mark Morrell has been named as the head men's lacrosse coach at Elmhurst College. Morrell, who has been an assistant coach at Wittenberg University for the past five seasons, will coach the college's newest varsity sport in the spring of 2013.

"I'm very pleased to have Mark joining the Elmhurst College coaching staff," said Elmhurst Director of Athletics Paul Krohn. "I believe he's going to be a great fit for our team and the College. He has a Division III background and has a good combination of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm that will help our program get started in the right direction."

While at Wittenberg, Morrell served as the Tigers' defensive coordinator while also assisting with face-offs and recruiting. In Morrell's time as an assistant coach, Wittenberg won back-to-back North Coast Athletic Conference championships and earned consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2011. The Tigers finished the 2001 season ranked 15th in the nation and have enjoyed four straight seasons with a winning record.

"I'm excited to be a part of Elmhurst College," said Morrell. "I enjoy the Division III approach that stresses academics and athletics and I was impressed by Elmhurst's commitment to both."

Morrell joined the Wittenberg coaching staff after a four-year playing career at Wittenberg. A defender for the Tigers, he totaled 89 ground balls and a career face-off percentage of .540.

Morrell will inherit a Bluejay squad of more than 25 players that is set to make its varsity debut in the spring of 2013.

"I was looking for an opportunity to be able to start a new tradition and Elmhurst was a great fit," said Morrell. "I'm looking forward to the challenges that accompany starting a team and turning it into a successful program."

The Bluejays will compete in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC) in their inaugural 2013 season. The MLC is currently comprised of 11 NCAA Division III schools from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.


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