Wilkins Named Full Time Assistant at RIT
from press release
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – RIT Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Jake Coon is pleased to announce the hiring of former two-sport star, Shawn Wilkins '02 as the assistant men's lacrosse coach and varsity fitness center supervisor. Wilkins had served as a part-time assistant coach for the past four seasons.
"We are extremely excited about the new position," said Coon. "It is a huge step for Shawn, our program and the athletic department."
Wilkins begins his fifth season as an assistant coach for the RIT men's lacrosse program, working primarily with the offense, while also taking on more recruiting and day-to-day operations. He has been an integral part of a program that advanced to the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship Game. In Wilkins four seasons he has helped RIT to an impressive 68-13 record and four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
"I'd like to thank RIT, Mr. Spiotti and Jake for giving me this opportunity to work full time with the lacrosse team," said Wilkins. "As an alum, I'm excited to help the program keep moving forward and building on what we've accomplished over the past four seasons."
In addition, Wilkins will supervise the Tiger Power Den. He will oversee the supervision and hiring of student employees, the maintenance and upkeep of the facility as well as the development and dissemination of the schedule.
"I am excited about this new position and the appointment of Shawn Wilkins," said RIT Executive Director for Athletics, Lou Spiotti. "I know that it will make an incremental difference in our program. Shawn is a proven entity, and will be a tremendous addition to our team."
Under Wilkins' tutelage, the Tigers offense has become one of the most prolific scoring teams in all of Division III. Last season, he led the offense to a program record 321 goals, setting a school record with 46 man-up tallies, converting on 54.8% of their opportunities, also a program record. In his four seasons as the coordinator of the Tigers offense, Wilkins has led a potent attack that scored 1,138 goals, averaging 14.05 goals per game in that span. Wilkins has mentored three conference players of the year in Jordan MacIntosh (2010), Tyler Russell (2012) and Jack Krzyston (2013).
"Our goal is to remain at the Elite level of Division III on a yearly basis," said Coon. "This position will help to keep us running at that level and will also allow us to make sure we are running our business to the best of our ability and as professional as possible."
Wilkins played midfield for RIT from 1998-2001, helping the Tigers to the semifinals in the 1999 NCAA Division III Tournament and a quarterfinals appearance in 2000. Wilkins was an All-Super Six selection in 1998 and 1999 and an All-Empire 8 selection in 2001. Wilkins is one of 14 players in RIT Lacrosse history to score 100 career goals (104), and is 16th all time in scoring with 147 points.
On the ice, he was a key member of three NCAA Tournament teams, including the 2001 squad that advanced to the National Championship game. Wilkins graduated in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in hospitality and service management with a minor in criminal justice.
After graduation, Wilkins played professionally for the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse and the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League. He also played for the Italian National team in 2006 and was a member of the Canadian Jr. National team in 1996.
A founder and director of Proskills Lacrosse Camps, Wilkins resides in West Henrietta with his wife Melissa, a 2009 RIT Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee, and their two children, Jace (4) and Jordyn (2).
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