Messiah Appoints Luke Beam as Interim Head Lacrosse Coach

Grantham, PA Messiah College Director of Athletics Jack Cole announced on Monday, July 22 the hiring of 2003 graduate Luke Beam as Interim Head Coach of the men's lacrosse program. Beam replaces Geof Weisenborn, who, after an eight-year stint with Messiah, resigned after the 2013 season.

"We're very excited to bring Luke back to Messiah," Cole said. "In his coaching career he has developed into a strong leader that possesses the relational and tactical abilities that we value in our department. As a former Falcon, it's obvious that Luke also knows what makes Messiah College a special place to be."

Beam arrives to Grantham as the third coach in Messiah's program history after serving as the first-ever head coach of the men's lacrosse program at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. He was hired in 2009 in advance of the Majors' inaugural season in 2011 and collected an overall record of 8-32 in three seasons. Beam's teams improved in each season, with the Majors finishing 5-9 in 2013 after advancing to the Southern Athletic Association quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

"It's really beyond words. It hasn't sunk in just yet," Beam said, reflecting on returning to Messiah College. "This is a great opportunity to be with a program that has meant so much to me. The program has a great tradition, as does the College itself. The excitement that comes with this opportunity to come 'home' to Messiah is enormous. It's leaving me somewhat speechless."

Prior to landing at Millsaps, Beam worked for three seasons as an assistant coach at DeSales University. With Beam on staff with the Bulldogs, the team earned a total record of 20-28 and twice tied for the most wins in program history. While at DeSales, Beam also worked in the student services department as a Graduate Hall Director.

Beam's collegiate coaching career began in 2006 at Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, N.C. where he was a member of the Deep South Coaching Staff of the Year.

"I'm thankful for the chances I've had a long the way to invest in growing programs," Beam said of his coaching career. "At Millsaps, specifically, I was thankful for the chance to develop the game of lacrosse in the state of Mississippi and I'm excited to see the progress for the game continue. For me, this opportunity is all about a chance to return to Messiah and I'm thrilled to be doing so."

Beam takes over a Falcons' program that has advanced to the MAC/Commonwealth Championships Tournament in 11 of the past 13 seasons. The Falcons own two conference championships (2001, 2004) and have finished as the conference runner-up six times. In the most recent eight seasons with Weisenborn at the helm, the program went 73-54 overall and 54-27 in the conference.

"We're proud of the strong, competitive history of our lacrosse program," Cole said. "We're looking forward to what the future holds as we strive for excellence, and we're excited that Luke will now be apart of those efforts."

A former four-year player for the Falcons, Beam appeared in 45 games in his career and graduated in 2003 with a degree in history. He is scheduled to complete a Masters of Sports Administration from Belhaven University later this summer.

In addition to Beam's lacrosse duties, he will serve as the assistant equipment manager for Messiah College Athletics.

2013-07-24



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