Loyola men’s lacrosse team got their man. The team recently hired Marc Van Arsdale as their offensive coordinator. Van Arsdale had previously been an assistant coach at Virginia and helped 3 of his players win the Tewaaraton Award. This hire can potentially help the Greyhounds freshman phenom Pat Spencer to be even more effective and boost his chances of becoming a Tewaaraton Award winner. Spencer set a school record with 52 assists and tied Loyola Maryland’s mark of 89 points last season. Van Arsdale replaces Ryan Moran who left to become head coach at UMBC.
Marc Van Arsdale was the Virginia Cavaliers assistant coach for 15 years. For the past 10 he has served as associate head coach. During that time the team has won 3 NCAA Division I championships and had 3 players win the Tewaaraton Award. This season’s players will join a team previously led by alumni players like Sean Hecker. Under Van Arsdale’s tutelage the Cavaliers were first in offense twice, 2006 and 2009, in the top 5 six times and in the top 10 eleven times. Charley Toomey, Loyola’s head coach, praised Van Arsdale as an excellent evaluator of talent and recruiter and a man that’s coached some of the college lacrosse’s best offenses and won championships.
Van Arsdale thanked Coach Toomey and Jim Paquette, Loyola’s assistant vice president and athletic director, for giving him the opportunity to join a program he admired for years. He said his goal is to help the team continue to grow in prominence in both the Patriot League and throughout the lacrosse landscape nationally. Van Arsdale also thanked Dom Starsia, Virginia’s lacrosse team’s head coach. Van Arsdale chose to take the job at Loyola Maryland because the Cavaliers were interested in hiring Lars Tiffany and Sean Kirwan, Brown’s head coach and offensive coordinator.
Van Arsdale, who was an attackman for Hobart and helped them win the NCAA Division III crown 4 straight years before he graduated in 1985, joins a Loyola program that scored an average of 11.1 goals a game for 33 games in 2015 and 2016 under coach Moran. The Greyhounds made it back to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament for the first time after winning the national championship in 2012. Prior to coaching at Virginia, Van Arsdale was Penn’s head coach for 5 years. In 1997 he guided them to a 6-6 record, the first time they reached the .500 in the 1990s. Van Arsdale’s overall record at Penn was 27-39.