Tusculum (Tenn.) Names Carrington First Director of Lacrosse

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tusculum College has named Richard Carrington as the first Director of Lacrosse in the 218-year history of Tennessee's oldest college, announced Tusculum Director of Athletics Frankie DeBusk. Carrington will be introduced to the college community at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday (Dec. 12) at a press conference to be held at the Pioneer Perk, located in the Niswonger Student Commons on the Greeneville campus.

Men's lacrosse will start as the College's 15th intercollegiate sport during 2013-2014 academic year with competition being held in the spring of 2014. Tusculum will compete in men's lacrosse at the NCAA Division II level and as a member of the South Atlantic Conference.

"Lacrosse is a very exciting sport and one which we are pleased to provide as a new opportunity for student-athletes to participate in," said DeBusk. "Lacrosse has long been associated with colleges and universities in the Northeast and is beginning to find a foothold in the South. This is a timely addition with a sport that will start to gather more notoriety in our area as time goes on. Lacrosse will bring another exciting, athletic atmosphere to Pioneer Field and we look forward to the community and our great supporters joining us there for the 2014 season."

Carrington brings a tremendous level of experience, knowledge and energy to Tusculum and has been heavily involved in the building process of successful programs at all levels during his career.

Carrington comes to Tusculum after serving the 2011-12 campaign on the coaching staff at NCAA Division I Virginia Military Institute. While at the Lexington, Va. school, Carrington helped to institute a revamped Keydet defense that allowed the fewest goals in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play since 2009. The defense was crucial in several contests in holding opponents under 10 goals in three of the last four games, and helping VMI win those three games. One of his defense's shining moments of 2012 came in a 6-2 setback against 16th-ranked Lehigh, which went on to a No. 7 ranking and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

"I am honored and extremely excited to be Tusculum's first Director of Lacrosse. I am so grateful to President (Nancy) Moody and Coach DeBusk for this opportunity," said Carrington. "Upon meeting them and touring the campus, all of the positive feedback I received about Tusculum was confirmed. Tusculum is truly a special place, and I think we will offer an amazing and unique opportunity to student-athletes interested in lacrosse. Tusculum's setting, personal attention, and block schedule are just a few of the attributes that appealed to me and I know they will be appealing to our high school and junior college prospects."

The Charlottesville, Va. native also directed VMI's man-down unit, which killed off 70.8 percent of the Keydets' penalties and finished the season ranked 19th in the country. The leap to 70.8 percent on the man-down was a 20-point jump from 2011, where VMI finished last in the country in that category.

"I would also like to thank Coach Brian Anken and the Virginia Military Institute," Carrington added. "I had an extraordinary experience while coaching at VMI and learned so much from Coach Anken. Under his leadership, I have no doubt that the Keydets will have a successful 2013 campaign. It will be odd not preparing for games this spring, but I cannot wait to start recruiting and bringing quality student-athletes to Tusculum's campus. Tusculum has a long history of being pioneers in education, and I am looking for student-athletes who are driven to be successful people and excited to be the Pioneers of Tusculum Lacrosse."

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