Marks brings five seasons of collegiate coaching experience to the sidelines
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Head Coach Andy Copelan has announced the addition of Derek Marks to the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team as a Volunteer Assistant Coach. Marks brings extensive experience as a collegiate head coach and assistant to the sidelines as well as club coaching experience and a four-year tenure as a Division I student-athlete.
Marks will run the substitution box during games for the Stags and will also be integral in player development and the day-to-day operations of the Fairfield lacrosse program.
“Derek has five years of collegiate experience as both a head coach and an assistant coach,” said Copelan. “He understands how to work, how to compete and how to be a team player. He has already made a strong impact on our student-athletes.”
Most recently, Marks served as the top assistant coach at Division II Post University in 2014 for the Eagles’ inaugural season as an NCAA program. Post recorded four victories in its first campaign and produced a pair of All-NEILA student-athletes. Marks was integral in recruiting 36 student-athletes to the Waterbury, Connecticut-based institution for its first season of action.
Prior to his tenure at Post, Marks spent one year as an assistant followed by three seasons as the head coach at Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut. He took the helm in 2011 and engineered the nation’s biggest turnaround, guiding the Division III Mariners to a program-best 9-4 final record. Mitchell also earned its first-ever postseason bid in 2011, reaching the ECAC Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship Semifinals. The Mariners repeated that feat in 2013.
Marks’ club experience includes a stint as the head travel team coach for Connecticut Cardinals Elite Lacrosse, and he is currently the vice president and director of recruiting for Shoreline Lacrosse LLC.
Marks is a graduate of nearby Sacred Heart University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 2008 as a double major in Business Administration and Sports Management. He patrolled the midfield for the Pioneers’ lacrosse team and also earned 2006 All-America honors as a punter for the Sacred Heart football program. Marks holds the Sacred Heart record on the gridiron with a career average of 38.4 yards per punt.
Marks joins the coaching staff of a Fairfield team that finished with a record of 12-4 in 2014. The Stags rose as high as No. 11 in the national rankings last spring, winning the ECAC Lacrosse League Regular Season Title for the first time in program history and reaching the ECAC Championship Game for the third time in the last four campaigns.
Fairfield will join the Colonial Athletic Association this season as one of the six teams that will vie for the 2015 CAA Championship. The Stags will also unveil a new home venue this spring with the opening of Rafferty Stadium.