Wells College Athletics Director Lyn LaBar has announced that Michael Eighmey of Geneva, N.Y. has been hired as the College's men's lacrosse coach. Wells will introduce men's lacrosse as an intercollegiate sport in 2007-2008.
"In order to develop this new program and get it fully up and running in a successful manner, it was necessary for us to bring aboard someone with unyielding energy and enthusiasm; we've found that someone in Mike Eighmey," said LaBar. "Mike has coached and played at a variety of levels, and understands that this area is a hotbed for men's lacrosse. With his initiative, perseverance, character, and solid leadership skills, I'm confident that Mike will do a great job of building the lacrosse program and serving as an excellent role model for the young men on the team."
Eighmey is recruiting student-athletes who are interested in entering Wells in Fall 2007 and playing on the inaugural team.
"It is a distinct honor to be chosen as the first head coach for the Wells College men's lacrosse program," said Eighmey in a recent interview. "I cannot envision a better time to bring men's lacrosse to the student-athletes at Wells. The great game of lacrosse is finally surfacing as a premier sport in collegiate athletics, enjoying amazing growth and widespread popularity throughout the United States. It is my goal to build a program that mirrors and enhances the existing pride and tradition of Wells College as it grows and competes in NCAA Division III athletics."
Eighmey was a standout lacrosse player while at Penn Yan Academy. He graduated from Finger Lakes Community College, and is currently enrolled at SUNY Empire State College pursuing a degree in Business, Management and Economics. He has served as assistant coach for Hobart College's club lacrosse, coached in the Geneva Youth Lacrosse Program, and participated on the Crooked Arrow Lacrosse Club in Boulder, Co. and the Norwalk Lumberjacks (U.S. Club Lacrosse Association) in Norwalk, Conn. He was a Department of Defense deep sea diver for ten years in Naval Special Warfare Operations.