Concordia University of Irvine, the defending Southwest Lacrosse Conference Division II champion, enters the 2014 season with a new coach. Will McMinn, who had coached Concordia for five seasons, left in December and is now coaching at Montreat College, an NAIA school in Black Mountain, N.C.
Montreat announced in November it was adding men’s and women’s lacrosse, then announced Jan. 11 that it had hired McMinn as Director of Lacrosse to oversee both programs.
Last Friday, McMinn circulated a letter seeking prospective student athletes:
I am on a tear to recruit our first class of both men and women lacrossers for Montreat College. We are looking to field men’s and women’s teams for the next school year (F’14-S’15), which means I need to get the word out to as many lacrosse folks as possible that this great little college has a new lacrosse program.
Montreat is an NAIA institution. Our first year we will compete as a club, and then will move to varsity status year two. I am looking for athletes who want to play in a serious lacrosse program. All of the students we recruit will be offered a financial aid package to help with the burden of paying for college.
McMinn, who posted a 50-24 career record at Concordia (2009-2013), played at UC Santa Barbara and later coached at Trabuco Hills HS, Tesoro HS and JSerra HS. He also served two terms as president of the Orange County chapter of US Lacrosse.
As for Concordia, the Eagles now list Ryan Brent as head coach. Brent, a graduate of Mission Viejo HS, played at UC Santa Barbara and previously coached at Mission Viejo HS (2010-2012).
Concordia opens its season Saturday at UCLA (7 p.m.). It will be interesting to see what the Eagles look like on the field without McMinn and with a roster that looks dramatically different from the one that went 12-4 last season, won the SLC D-II title and reached the MCLA national tournament. Seven seniors from that team graduated.
This year’s roster lists only nineteen players, including six freshmen and only three seniors. Five of the team’s top six scorers from last year are gone — including Destin Seguin, who led the eagles with 77 points in 16 games as a junior. Seguin is not listed on this year’s roster. Junior attack Josh Fagan, who scored 46 goals last year, is the team’s top returning scorer.
Moreover, Cody Cook, a junior last year who split time in goal with senior Kelly McMinn (the coach’s son) also is absent from this year’s roster, leaving Dennis Anderson, who played at San Clemente HS, as the only goalkeeper listed this year. In previous seasons at Concordia, though, Anderson was listed as a midfielder (2011) and defenseman (2012-2013). Last year, he was listed as a redshirt.