BURLINGTON, Vt. – Vermont men’s lacrosse head coach Ryan Curtis has added two new assistants to his staff. Mike Kruger and Patrick March Jr. join the Catamount coaching staff for the 2013-14 season as Curtis made the announcement today.
“I am very excited to welcome both Mike and Pat to the program,” said Curtis. “Both have a proven track record of success everywhere they have been and bring great passion for the game. I have witnessed them on the road and they are both tireless recruiters. Their additions have already started to have a positive impact on our student-athletes and I am very excited for the fall to get underway.”
Kruger comes to Vermont after two seasons as the head coach of the men’s lacrosse program at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. He led the Hornets to five wins in 2013, matching the win total of the previous three seasons combined.
Prior to taking over the helm at Shenandoah, Kruger spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Washington and Lee University. He was the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the Generals. He successfully mentored four all-conference players and one USILA All-American at Washington and Lee.
Kruger, who will be UVM’s defensive coordinator, began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
As a player, Kruger was a four-year starting goalie at Fairfield University. He currently ranks third among the Stags’ all-time leaders in saves (536). He helped Fairfield win the 2005 GWLL Championship and earn a berth to the 2005 NCAA Tournament.
Kruger earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at Fairfield in 2007 and graduated with a master’s degree in American studies from Trinity in 2010.
March comes to Vermont after serving as an assistant coach at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. for two seasons where he was the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. During his two-year stint at Dickinson the Red Devils posted records of 15-4 (2012) and went undefeated in 2013 with an 18-0 mark. Dickinson earned a No. 2 national ranking in 2013 and won back-to-back Centennial Conference Championships, while also advancing to the NCAA Tournament both years.
Prior to joining the Dickinson staff, March was an assistant at Roanoke College, his alma mater, for one season (2011). The Maroons went 17-4 that year and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
March was a two-time honorable mention All-American at Roanoke and scored 44 goals and 26 assists for 70 points as a senior. He was an All-ODAC First Team selection as a junior and senior and was a three-time all-conference selection, earning second team honors in 2008. March, who was also the ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2007, finished his career with 152 goals (2nd all-time at Roanoke), 91 assists (8th all-time) and 243 points (4th all-time).
March, who will serve as the offensive coordinator for the Catamounts, earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from Roanoke in 2011.