Mackin, Cudmore Named to Tusculum Lacrosse Coaching Staff

One of the talented young defensemen under Mackin's instruction was Tyler Prasnicki, who made great strides between his freshman and sophomore seasons (2012-13). Prasnicki finished the 2013 season with 26 caused turnovers, becoming the first Keydet to surpass the 20-caused turnover mark in a single season since the statistic became official in 2010. Prasnicki was also one of the best in the country during 2013, ranking fifth in caused turnovers per game (2.36) and he was the highest-ranked sophomore in the nation.

In addition to his duties with the varsity team, Mackin was the head coach of VMI's club lacrosse team as well. In two seasons as the head man, Mackin led the squad to back-to-back title games in the National Club Lacrosse League's Blue Ridge-Tidewater Conference. In 2013, Mackin's club squad claimed the league title, earning a berth in the NCLL national tournament, where the team reached the final four.

Mackin joined the Keydets after a year as a graduate assistant coach at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., earning a master's in secondary education. He is a 2008 graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., where he served as a team captain his senior year, his season was cut short after suffering a career-ending knee injury.

Following the injury, Mackin took on a role as an assistant coach, where he headed the man-down defense and assisted with team conditioning and scouting. During his student-teaching responsibilities at Marymount in the spring of 2009, he also served as an assistant coach at Hayfield Secondary School, which produced Robarge, who was drafted by Major League Lacrosse's Denver Outlaws. Robarge was picked up 44th overall by one of the League's top teams, and was named the MLL Rookie of the Week after his first game with the Outlaws, who eventually reached the League's Championship game.

Mackin is married to the former Terese Flores of Virginia Beach, Va.

Cudmore is the most decorated player in Mars Hill lacrosse history. The Whitby, Ontario, Canada native was a four-year starter for the Lions at long stick midfield (LSM). He was the 2009 Deep South Conference Freshman of the Year and was a four-time All-Deep South Conference first team performer (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). He was a three-time NCAA Division II All-America selection (1st team in 2011 and 2nd team in 2010 & 2012) and left Mars Hill as the program's all-time caused turnover leader. He was also a 2011 Preseason National Player of the Year Nominee according to Inside Lacrosse.

"I've had the pleasure of following Coach Cudmore's playing career at Mars Hill. He is truly a gifted player with a rare blend of offensive and defensive skill," said Carrington. "He's one of the few defenders I've seen throughout my career, who was asked to play on his team's extra man unit. I've also coached with Chris during the summer camp circuit, and I am excited to have him teaching our student-athletes how to be successful on and off the field."

Following his collegiate career, he was selected as the 51st overall pick by the Minnesota Swarm in the 2012 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Draft. Cudmore was also selected from the player pool by the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse (MLL). In his four appearances for the Hounds, he recorded a goal as a defensive player.

He returned to Mars Hill this past year to complete his undergraduate degree, where he lettered on the Lions' men's golf team and was coached by MHC skipper and former Tusculum athletic director Ed Hoffmeyer.

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