The Utah men’s lacrosse team will compete as an NCAA Division I program beginning in 2018-19. The Utes will also compete in a brand new men’s lacrosse and women’s soccer stadium and training complex, with construction getting underway in the summer of 2018.
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The Lacrosse Network’s “Going West” provides an inside look at the Utah lacrosse program as it prepares for the transition to NCAA Division I, becoming the most western team in college lacrosse, and focuses on the coaches and local leaders who have pioneered the way.
We’re live with Head Coach Brian Holman as Utah Lacrosse transitions to a varsity sport on July 1! #goutesPosted by The University of Utah Athletics on Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Head coach Brian Holman joins Utah Athletics on Facebook live to talk about his journey to Utah and his plans for building the Ute program in the coming years.
Veteran coach Brian Holman will lead the Utah men’s lacrosse team in its first season as an NCAA sport in 2019. Holman brings coaching experience with lacrosse powers Johns Hopkins and North Carolina to the Utes.
Holman coached Utah’s club team for the past two seasons and was named the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Utes to the 2018 RMLC Championship. Before moving West, Holman spent eight years as an assistant coach at North Carolina (2009-16) and helped lead the Tar Heels to the 2016 NCAA Championship as well as the 2013 ACC Championship. He also served as the goalkeeper coach and defensive coordinator at Johns Hopkins from 1986-1991 and again from 1998-2000, including winning the 1987 NCAA title. Holman has been involved in lacrosse for nearly 40 years as a player, coach and parent, which includes coaching youth and high school lacrosse in Maryland. As a player, Holman was a three-time All-American goalkeeper at Johns Hopkins (1980-83). Hopkins won the 1980 NCAA Championship.
Holman, who is a native of Maryland, and his wife, Laurie (who played lacrosse and tennis at Towson University), have three children: Matt, Marcus and Sydney.
Major League Lacrosse All-Star Marcus Holman is in his first collegiate coaching job and worked with Utah’s club team for two seasons. Holman is in his sixth season playing in MLL for the Ohio Machine and is a three-time MLL All-Star (2015-17). He helped lead the Machine to the 2017 MLL Championship and was named Most Valuable Player. Holman will compete this summer with Team USA at the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championship in Israel and helped the U.S. win silver in 2014. He was a three-time All-American at North Carolina and was one of five finalists for the 2013 Tewaaraton Trophy. Holman is the son of head coach Brian Holman.
Major League Lacrosse all-star goalie Adam Ghitelman has also coached two years with Utah’s club team. Ghitelman first made his way West as head coach of USC’s club program in 2016. He began his college coaching career at Harvard, spending four years with the Crimson (2012-15) and helping the team win the 2014 Ivy League Championship. Ghitelman is in his eighth season in MLL and his third year with the Atlanta Blaze and was named to the All-Star team in 2012 and 2017. He was a two-time All-American player at Virginia and helped lead the Cavaliers to the 2011 NCAA Championship as a senior. Named the 2017 Ambassador of the Year by the Casey Powell World Lacrosse Foundation, Ghitelman has traveled to over eight countries to teach and grow the game.
Major League Lacrosse all-star Will Manny also comes over from Utah’s club team. Manny began his college coaching career running the offense at Wagner College (2015-16) and the team set school records for wins both of his two seasons. A three-time MLL All-Star (2015-17) currently playing with New York, he is in his sixth season in the league. Manny was part of the 50-man training roster for Team USA leading up to the 2018 World Games. As a player at the University of Massachusetts, he earned first-team All-America honors and was one of five finalists for the 2012 Tewaarton Trophy.
Tim McDermott has worked two seasons as an assistant coach and director of operations with Utah’s club team. McDermott also works as a mental performance coach. He was a volunteer assistant at Virginia for two years (2013-14). As a player, McDermott was a two-time All-American at SUNY Genesco before transferring to Loyola University Maryland for his senior season and ranked ninth in the NCAA in face-off win percentage.