Written by Sean Dahlin
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Southern Virginia University Athletic Director Scott Y. Doxey recently named Stephen Macurdy head men's lacrosse coach.
"Stephen [Macurdy] has been involved with men's lacrosse at Southern Virginia since its inception when he was a scholar-athlete," said Athletic Director Scott Y. Doxey. "We feel he is the best candidate to lead the program as it transitions to the NCAA Division III level."
As a scholar-athlete at Southern Virginia, Macurdy was a four-year starter for the Knights' men's lacrosse team and in 2004 became the university's first MCLA Division II All-American. He also earned MCLA Division II All-Conference honors in 2003 and 2004.
Before being named head coach, Macurdy was assistant men's lacrosse coach from 2008-11 before becoming co-head coach with Chad Mahaffey during the 2011-12 season. He also coached girl's lacrosse at his alma mater, Potomac Senior High School, from 2000-01.
In addition to men's lacrosse, Macurdy was also named athletics facilities manager last July as part of Southern Virginia's newly formed Athletic Leadership Council.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity Southern Virginia is giving me to be head coach of the men's lacrosse program that I've seen grow since its first year of existence," said Macurdy. "I hope to continue to build upon what has already been done and make men's lacrosse a competitive program at the DIII level right away."
After receiving provisional NCAA Division III membership this past summer, Southern Virginia University accepted an invitation to join the Capital Athletic Conference—one of the premier D-III athletic conferences for lacrosse on the east coast—effective July 1, 2013. After joining the CAC, Southern Virginia promoted its men's lacrosse program from a club to a varsity sport—making it the only varsity-level, NCAA-sanctioned lacrosse program in an LDS environment.
Brigham Young University's men's lacrosse competes at the club level in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division I, while Southern Virginia men's lacrosse competed in the MCLA Division II ranks from 2004-2012.
The Knights will play a full Division III schedule this spring in preparation for a Capital Athletic Conference schedule in 2014.
Formed in 1989, the Capital Athletic Conference recently completed its 22nd championship season as an all-sports conference. The CAC is a coalition of four-year, co-educational institutions promoting intercollegiate athletic competition among schools located in close geographic proximity that have similar educational and athletic philosophies.
The CAC has a strong tradition when it comes to men's lacrosse. Salisbury University has won 10 national titles over the past 18 years, including being named NCAA Division III national champion the last two years. Additionally, last year's fifth-ranked Stevenson University has also qualified to the semifinal round of the NCAA DIII tournament three of the last four seasons while the University of Mary Washington is a consistently ranked in the national polls.
"It's an exciting time to be affiliated with Southern Virginia athletics," said Macurdy. "The move into the NCAA Division III level and the CAC will take our program to new heights."