March 23, 2009

Ursinus Installs New Coach After Reported Incident

from staff reports

Ursinus College has removed its men's lacrosse coaching staff -- including former head coach Glenn Carter -- and hired Jamie Steele on an interim basis following what LaxPower.com reported as an alcohol-related incident on the team's West Coast trip.

LaxPower.com cited sources last week that there were problems involving player alcohol use before the team's scheduled return following two games in San Diego, where Ursinus played Skidmore and RPI. Also according to LaxPower.com, members of the team met with the college's president Friday.

Ursinus' game Saturday against Franklin & Marshall was postponed. The team is scheduled to host Washington College on Wednesday.

A full press release from the college regarding Steele's hire follows:

"The Ursinus College athletic department has announced the appointment of Jamie Steele as interim men's lacrosse head coach.

Steele comes to Ursinus from Haverford College, where he served as an assistant coach for the men's lacrosse program in the role of offensive coordinator.

"To have someone as Jamie be the leader of our men's program is outstanding," said Ursinus College athletic director Brian Thomas. "His lacrosse pedigree will be a valued addition to our staff."

He is no stranger to the area, as Steele was head coach for six seasons at nearby Widener University. While at Widener, Steele posted a 65-31 record, leading the Pioneers to four Middle Atlantic Conference championships. The team advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship tournament four times.  He also led Widener to the school's first win in the tournament in 2006. During that season, the program posted 13 wins, which was a school record. He is the all-time wins leader at Widener.

He was a convention speaker at the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in 2002 and served on the NCAA Regional Ranking Committee from 2004 to 2006.

He has also played in the Centennial Conference, serving as captain for the Gettysburg College men's lacrosse squad in 1994. That season, the Bullets advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals, while winning the Centennial Conference crown. Steele returned to Gettysburg in 1996, serving as an assistant coach for the program as defensive coordinator. During the 1999 season, the team set a Centennial Conference record for fewest goals in a season.

Steele is a 1994 graduate of Gettysburg College with a degree in sociology, and earned his master's degree from McDaniel in 1999 in physical education with a concentration in athletic administration."


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