Robert Morris Names Jay Sothoron Assistant Lacrosse Coach

Moon Township, Pa. –August 22, 2013 – Robert Morris University men's lacrosse head coach Andrew McMinn announced Thursday the hiring of two new staff members. McMinn named Jay Sothoron as an assistant coach, and announced the return of Kee Joe Song as a volunteer assistant coach.

Sothoron previously served as the head coach for Wheeling Jesuit University for five seasons, and helped spearhead the program's transition from independent status to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Last season, he helped guide the Cardinals to the ECAC II playoffs, compiling an 11-6 overall record.

Wheeling Jesuit was named the NCAA Division II Most Improved Program in 2012 under Sothoron's watch after posting an overall record of 8-8.

"I am extremely excited about welcoming Jay to the Colonial family," McMinn said. "Jay has proven himself as a passionate, hardworking coach. His extensive experience and alignment with our philosophies will ensure that he is an invaluable addition for our program."

Sothoron began his coaching career as the first assistant and defensive coordinator at Greensboro College in Greensboro, N.C. He spent two years there, and then returned to his high school alma mater, St. Mary's Ryken High School in Leonardtown, Md.

At St. Mary's, Sothoron served as an assistant athletic director and varsity assistant head coach for five years. He was named the U.S. Lacrosse National Assistant Coach of the Year for secondary schools in 2006, and was promoted to associate head coach during the 2007 season. St. Mary's Ryken received its first ever national ranking in 2007 after winning the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship with a record of 19-2.

During Sothoron's five years at St. Mary's Ryken, the Knights compiled an overall record of 71-22.

Sothoron played collegiately at Herkimer Community College in Herkimer, N.Y. and Greensboro College. He was named second-team All-American during his final year at Herkimer, and helped lead the Generals to an 18-1 overall record and the No. 1 ranking in the country. He was a starter in both seasons at Greensboro.

Song previously assisted with the RMU program in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, he helped the Colonials to a school-record 11 wins and a regular season NEC Championship.

Song also served as the head coach of the Swiss national team at the 2010 World Lacrosse Championships in Manchester, England, and spent one year in the German Bundesliga as the head coach of the Hamburg Warriors. Before journeying overseas, he spent four years as the head coach at his alma mater, Mount Lebanon Senior High School.

"Kee Joe has been a part of our staff in the past and we couldn't be happier to have him back with the program as our volunteer," McMinn said. "He will be working primarily with our face-off personnel and will also have other on field responsibilities."

RMU earned their fifth straight winning season in 2013, and made their first NEC Championship appearance in program history. The Colonials led the nation in a statistical category for the fourth straight year, forcing an average of 11.27 caused turnovers per game.

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