Date: October 22, 2001
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 463-8676
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JIM STAGNITTA LEAVES LACROSSE COACHING POST AT W&L
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Jim Stagnitta, the winningest lacrosse
coach in Washington and Lee history, has resigned in order to take over
the lacrosse program at Rutgers University.
"Although I'm honored to have the opportunity and
challenge offered by Rutgers University, this is a bitter sweet time
for myself and my family," said Stagnitta. "The relationships
and experiences that we have enjoyed at Washington and Lee can not be
duplicated. I'm confident that we accomplished our goals set in 1989
and the program is in position to continue competing not only at the
top level of Division III, but at the top level of intercollegiate lacrosse
as a whole."
In his 12 seasons at W&L, Stagnitta posted a 136-42
(.764) overall record and guided the Generals to six ODAC Championships
and five NCAA Tournament berths. The Generals have been nationally ranked
in each of his 12 seasons and had won at least nine games every season.
"For the past 12 years, Jim Stagnitta has been an
outstanding coach for the Washington and Lee lacrosse program,"
said Mike Walsh, W&L Director of Athletics. "He has produced
an unparalleled tradition of success for our lacrosse program. Jim has
accomplished this through effective recruiting, quality coaching and
building lifelong relationships with his players. We are sad to see
him leave although we can appreciate his desire to coach on the Division
I level. Our challenge now is to find someone that can maintain the
level of excellence that Jim has brought to our men's lacrosse program."
Stagnitta's team's finished no lower than fifth in the
final Division III rankings over the past four seasons in posting a
56-8 (.875) overall record during that span. His 2000 squad advanced
to the NCAA Tournament semifinals in amassing a school-record 16 victories
against just two losses.
Washington and Lee finished the 2001 season ranked third
in the final poll with a 14-1 overall record. W&L spent four weeks
as the top ranked team in Division III.
A national search for Stagnitta's replacement will begin
-- GENERALS --
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