UMass Lowell Names Ed Stephenson as Head Lacrosse Coach

Ed Stephenson, a native of Baltimore, Md., was named the head men's lacrosse coach at UMass Lowell, Director of Athletics Dana Skinner announced Saturday.

Stephenson, who was the associate head coach at UMBC the last two years, comes to UMass Lowell to restart a program that was discontinued after the 1989 season. Both the men's and women's programs are slated to open in the spring of 2015.

UMass Lowell enters its first year in NCAA Division I and the America East Conference this fall.

"I really love the New England area and this is such a great opportunity," Stephenson said. "I'm real excited. Athletics are very strong and have a great tradition at UMass Lowell. It's exciting to see the progress and momentum through the leadership of the Chancellor (Marty) Meehan. You can't find enough accolades for all the things that are going on."

UMass Lowell's men's lacrosse team will be the second program Stephenson will build from the grassroots. In 2001, he started the program at Binghamton University and enjoyed success within his first three years.

In 2004, the Bearcats began the season with a 1-4 record, but went 9-1 the remainder of the year which included an undefeated campaign (6-0) in the America East Conference. They marched to the America East Tournament final, losing to Albany (10-4).

He guided a Binghamton defensive unit which ranked tops among NCAA Division I schools in scoring defense (6.94) and was named the AE Coach of the Year.

Off the field, Binghamton earned the National Sportsmanship Award in 2004 and 2006 while the team maintained the highest team grade point average and highest percentage of all-academic honorees in America East.

Between his years at Binghamton and UMBC, Stephenson has coached in eight of the last 10:00 a.m.erica East Conference Tournaments.

"Ed brings great energy, and his love for the sport is contagious," said Skinner. " We are excited to have someone with significant head coaching and recruiting experience to anchor the return of lacrosse as we head into Division I and the America East Conference."

Stephenson will begin his position on August 1.

2013-07-27



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