Mackin, Cudmore Named to Tusculum Lacrosse Coaching Staff

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -- Anthony Mackin and Chris Cudmore have been named to the men's lacrosse coaching staff at Tusculum College announced TC director of lacrosse and head men's coach Richard Carrington.

Mackin will serve as associate head coach while Cudmore will be an assistant coach for the Pioneers, who will be competing in the program inaugural season this spring. Men's lacrosse will start as the College's 15th intercollegiate and Tusculum will compete at the NCAA Division II level as a member of the South Atlantic Conference.

"In building our men's lacrosse program at Tusculum, we set out to find people who view adversity as opportunity. Our recruiting class represents more than 30 student-athletes from 13 different states and Canadian provinces, and we feel that these student-athletes are mentally tough enough to meet the challenges of an inaugural season," said Carrington. "Our goals both on and off the field are ambitious, but I feel that our group understands just how difficult and rewarding this process will be. I look forward to experiencing this journey with the Tusculum College community and the men who represent our program."

Mackin, a native of Springfield, Va., just completed his third season on the coaching staff at the Virginia Military Institute. While at the NCAA Division I program, he assisted with the team's faceoff unit, recruiting, and day-to-day office activities, as well as added responsibilities on defense.

Mackin played an instrumental role in the continued emergence of faceoff specialist Stephen Robarge in his first year at VMI, as was named the NCAA national statistical champion in faceoffs as well as groundballs, becoming only the second player in NCAA history to win both the faceoff and ground ball categories. Robarge's 10.15 groundballs per contest in 2011 ranks No. 8 in NCAA history and is the highest ground ball per game average in Division I lacrosse since 2006.

"Coach Mackin is one of the premiere faceoff coaches in the country and Tusculum Lacrosse is extremely fortunate to have him join our staff as associate head coach," said Carrington. "At Tusculum, we look to recruit tough-minded and driven people, and Coach Mackin excels in finding student-athletes with those attributes. More importantly, he is one of the great young teachers in our profession, and our program will benefit greatly from Coach Mackin's innate ability to connect with today's student-athlete."

While at the Lexington, Va. school, Mackin mentored former Keydet Chris Rossie in a faceoff wing position, as VMI had the only duo ranked in the top-25 nationally in groundballs. As a team, VMI was second in the nation in faceoffs.

There was no drop off on the faceoff unit from Mackin's first season at VMI to his second. Robarge once again claimed the top groundballs per game (9.07) title and faceoff percentage (66.6). The Keydets also finished tops among the nation's 61 Division I teams in faceoff winning percentage, claiming draws at a 64.4 percent clip. Robarge became the first Division I player to win back-to-back groundball titles in 2012.

A defenseman in college, Mackin also helped revamp the Keydet close defense in 2012, instituting a defense that allowed the fewest goals in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play since 2009. The defense was crucial in several games, holding opponents under 10 goals in three of the last four games, helping VMI win those three contests. One of the 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. Mackin's responsibilities helped lead to a pair of second-team All-MAAC selections in defenseman Kyle Hofstetter and Robarge, who was also named MAAC Faceoff Specialist of the Year for a second season.

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