WATERVILLE, Maine – Guy Van Arsdale, a veteran coach and former NCAA Player of the Year, has been named head coach of the Colby College men’s lacrosse program.
Most recently at Division 1 Jacksonville University, Van Arsdale has also been head coach at Colorado College and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) at the Division III level, and coached professionally with the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse.
“Guy is a fantastic hire for Colby and our men’s lacrosse program. After a nationwide search, we are excited to bring a leader of great character and experience to Mayflower Hill,” said Tim Wheaton, Colby’s Harold Alfond Director of Athletics. “Guy has been successful at virtually every level of the game. He is a proven recruiter and has had success on both sides of the ball.”
Van Arsdale, who starts at Colby in July, also had assistant coaching stints at University of Notre Dame and Penn State University.
“I’m incredibly honored that Tim, Provost (Lori) Kletzer, and President (David) Greene have put their faith in me,” Van Arsdale said. “My wife, Julia, and I are excited to be part of the Colby community and also the Waterville community.”
Van Arsdale, a 1984 Hobart College graduate, was at Jacksonville for five seasons from August 2011 to May 2016, helping the Dolphins to a regular season co-championship in 2013 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
Van Arsdale went 25-3, 11-0 in conference play, won two regular season titles in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) in 2010 and 2011, and helped Colorado College make the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in school history. The Tigers went unbeaten in the regular season (15-0) for the first time in program history. Van Arsdale was the SCAC Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
Van Arsdale has recruiting success at both the Division I and III levels.
“Recruiting is competitive at any level,” Van Arsdale said. “Colby has an incredible amount to offer a student athlete. Our job is to find the right kind of player and student, and make him aware of all we have here.”
Van Arsdale’s first head coaching stint was at RIT, where he posted a 112-54 record from the 1989 to 2000 seasons. The Tigers made the NCAA Final Four in 1999 and had other national quarterfinal appearances in 1990, 1994, 1995, and 2000. Van Arsdale was the Empire Athletic Association (EAA) Coach of the Year in 1990, 1994, 1995, and 1999.
Van Arsdale left college coaching to become the head coach and assistant general manager of the Rattlers in the newly-formed MLL (outdoor lacrosse) from 2001 to 2003. He also was an assistant coach for the Rochester Knighthawks, an indoor professional lacrosse team.
Van Arsdale went to the college ranks for one year as an assistant coach at Notre Dame during the 2003-04 academic year. He left for an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator position at Penn State from 2004 to 2009.
During his collegiate days, Van Arsdale was an award-winning goalie. He was the nation’s top Division III player at Hobart after the 1983 season. Van Arsdale also earned the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award as the nation’s top goalie for three straight years (1981-83). He helped the Statesmen to four straight NCAA titles.
“I’ve always coached whatever goalies I have on the team,” said Van Arsdale, who has coached more than 50 All-Americans. “Whether I coach the offense or defense will be based on the best assistant coach we can hire.”
Van Arsdale started his coaching career as an assistant at Hobart after graduation. He moved to the University of Massachusetts as an assistant from 1985 to 1988. Van Arsdale was inducted into the Hobart Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000, the Western New York Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1996, and the Geneva (N.Y.) Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.
A member of a storied lacrosse family, Guy’s father, William Van Arsdale, and his brother, Marc, also were inducted into the Hobart Athletics Hall of Fame. Hobart lacrosse has the Van Arsdale Award in honor of all three Van Arsdales for a lacrosse player whose scholarship, leadership, and determination have proved to be superior. Marc is a new assistant lacrosse coach and offensive coordinator at Loyola University Maryland after spending the past 15 years at University of Virginia.