Lamb Resigns From Adams State
from press release
ALAMOSA, Colo. – Adams State College's Jason Lamb has resigned from his position as Director of Lacrosse, effective immediately, it was announced today by Athletics Director Larry Mortensen.
"We appreciate all that Coach Lamb has done in such a short period of time in establishing lacrosse at Adams State. He's been a tremendous asset and we wish him success at Notre Dame," said Mortensen.
Lamb, who became the Grizzlies' first ever Director of Lacrosse when he was hired in February of 2010 to oversee the start-up of the ASC men's and women's lacrosse programs, will be joining the University of Notre Dame as the Director of Operations for Men's Lacrosse.
"There's a lot that I wanted to do at Adams State that is left unfinished," said Lamb. "My vision, and my dreams, for the program at Adams State were to make it a top 10 level team, and I know that is what's possible with this team, and leaving it at this time is what has caused the feelings of uneasiness that come with accepting this great position (at Notre Dame)."
In his new position with the Fighting Irish, Lamb will be in charge of the logistics surrounding the men's lacrosse team's travel, film, equipment, scheduling, sponsorship, camps and clinics, and will also be tasked with improving the experience of the players.
Mortensen also announced on Monday that Adams State assistant coach John McCreery, who joined the lacrosse staff during the fall of 2010, will serve as the interim head coach for the spring of 2012.
"John has done a majority of the budgeting and recruiting and with the assistance of (Graduate Assistant Rob Harris) we feel the program is in good hands, and we will re-evaluate the needs of the program at the end of the season," Mortensen added.
Lamb's first contact with Notre Dame came several weeks ago when he received a call from UND head coach Kevin Corrigan, entering his 24th season with the program, and the position was discussed at that time.
The Director of Operations positions for Division I lacrosse teams is a fairly new role, and has only been around at Notre Dame for two years.
During the spring of 2011, the Grizzly men and women opened their inaugural season as members of the newly formed Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA), made up of five men's and four women's squads.
The Adams State men put together a record of 1-10 overall and 1-7 in the WILA during the season, topping Grand Canyon (Ariz.), 12-7, on the ASC Lacrosse Field on April 10. The Grizzly men also claimed an exhibition victory prior to the start of the season against the Northern Colorado Club lacrosse team. At season's end, six ASC players earned All-WILA accolades, and three were tabbed WILA All-Academic performers.
Season one for the Grizzly women saw Adams State post a record of 0-11 overall and 0-6 in the WILA, while having eight players named to the All-WIlA teams and three earn academic recognition.
During the summer of 2011, Lamb was invited to join the Denver Outlaws Major League Lacrosse organization as a summer assistant coach. His connection with the Outlaws helped lead to an opportunity for the Grizzlies to play WILA rival Colorado Mesa at Mile High Stadium during the spring of 2011.
Before his arrival at Adams State, Lamb racked up collegiate experience as the head coach of the Brigham Young University club-level from 1995 until his arrival at ASC. At BYU, he posted a record of 213-69 (.755 winning percentage), led his teams to three Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) championships, and claimed seven Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference titles. His honors also included MCLA Coach of the Year honors in 2006, and he served as the president of the organization for six years from 1997-2003.
Lamb and his wife, Megan, have five children, including 18-year-old Derek who is currently a freshman on the ASC lacrosse team.
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