Clare Myers, Staff Writer
As University of Dallas students were moving into dorm rooms and apartments a few weeks ago, Jeff Guy was moving into his office in the Maher Athletic Center. Guy, the new head coach of the men’s lacrosse team, was hired just recently to fill the spot left vacant by Matt O’Connell, who announced his resignation in July after two seasons with the young program.
“The logistics of the whole thing just worked out,” Guy said. “I just came across it and it seemed like an interesting position.”
Guy has coached at several schools. He held the position of assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Princeton University last season. Prior to the 2012 season, Guy served as head coach for the Division II men’s lacrosse program at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix after spending two years as an assistant coach. He also has experience with high- school and club-level teams. Guy played college lacrosse at Springfield College in Massachusetts and at the University of Delaware.
This experience will be valuable in the 2013 season as he takes the reins of a program that has won just one conference game as it enters its third year. Although the National Collegiate Athletic Association limits Division III teams to 16 practice sessions over a period of five weeks during the off-season, Guy has already gotten the ball rolling. He spent last week meeting individually with players, and names a “great attitude and strong work ethic” as important characteristics he looks for in team members.
While O’Connell will certainly be missed, players expect the new leader to take the team in a different direction.
“I think he’s going to change the program around,” sophomore returner Frank Sporleder said. “It’s going to be more serious this year.”
Guy plans to move the team into high gear with strength and conditioning sessions after the allotted 16 practices are over.
“We’re looking forward to a great season,” junior Tony Lemos said.
Besides focusing on the coming season, Guy said his first priority is recruiting. He is interested in finding student-athletes who “have the characteristics that not only match the school but also what I’m looking for in a player.”
The coach stresses his commitment to ensuring his players take academics seriously, and explains that although he is glad to be “climbing the coaching ladder,” the athletic program is not the only thing that drew him to UD; for Guy, the benefits of living in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area were some of the attractions of the job.
“And people are very friendly,” Guy said. “It’s been a great experience so far.”