BRIDGEWATER, Va. – William "Mic" Grant is Bridgewater College's first head coach for men's lacrosse, following a Thursday announcement by college president George Cornelius and director of athletics Curt Kendall. Grant comes to Bridgewater after a excellent stint as the head coach of the Marywood University Pacers.
"Mic Grant has been highly successful at Marywood University, has recruited well, has retained his players, and embraces values that are well aligned with those of Bridgewater College," said Cornelius. "Mic is looking forward to returning to Virginia and building a successful program of which we will be proud. We are pleased to find someone of Mic's caliber and record to be the first leader of our men's lacrosse program."
Grant comes to Bridgewater after taking the Pacer men's lacrosse team from a new program to a pair of conference title game berths in his first five years in Scranton. During his time at Marywood, Grant amassed a 41-24 overall record and an outstanding 20-6 mark in Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) and Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) play.
"We're truly excited to hire someone with Mic's level of experience. He has shown the ability to start a program and be successful quickly, but also brings vast experience across the board," said Kendall. "Mic also understands the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and has a firm grasp on our new recruiting areas and knows what it takes to compete at the highest levels in one of the toughest conferences in the nation."
Following the inaugural season for the Pacer men's lacrosse team, Grant was named the PAC Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 9-5 overall record. The next season, Marywood hit the double-digit wins plateau and finished as the CSAC runner-up.
Grant coached 23 All-Conference players during his time at the Scranton, Pennsylvania university and posted four straight postseason appearances in just five years at the helm.
No stranger to the Old Dominion State, Grant spent nine years as an assistant coach at the Virginia Military Institute, with his final five seasons as the associate head coach. During his time in Lexington, Grant was the recruiting coordinator for the Keydets and also served as the team's defensive coordinator.
"I see Bridgewater as an excellent opportunity. The process of building a program from the ground up is something I look forward to and the level of commitment shown by Bridgewater College to its teams and the support the athletes receive academically were a huge draw," said Grant. "On a personal note, I'm extremely happy to be coming back to Virginia. Lacrosse has grown immensely in the Commonwealth and that will hopefully benefit the program greatly and take it on a quick path to success."
A native of Charlottesville, Va., Grant captained the lacrosse squad at Hampden-Sydney College in 1991 during his senior season. He played his first two seasons of collegiate lacrosse at Ohio Wesleyan University. While there, he was a member of the Battling Bishops' 1988 and 1989 NCAA Division III National Finalist teams.
Grant and his wife Heather are the parents of twins, Will and Olivia.
It was announced in April following approval from the Bridgewater College board of trustees that men's lacrosse and women's golf would be added to the Eagles' roster of NCAA Division III sports teams. Both teams will begin competition in the 2012-2013 academic year.
Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state's first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College (www.bridgewater.edu) is home to nearly 1,700 undergraduate students. The college boasts a successful intercollegiate sports program that sponsors 20 NCAA Division III sports and a competitive, intercollegiate Equestrian program (www.bridgewatereagles.com).
What They're Saying About Mic
"I've had the privilege of starting 12 sports during my time as the athletic director at Marywood University and men's lacrosse has experienced the fastest growth across the board of all of them. I attribute that growth to Mic Grant's leadership and coaching ability. Mic's a fantastic combination of all of the great traits that you look for in a coach and he has lived the Division III mission statement of student-athlete-individual." – Dr. Mary Jo Gunning, Athletic Director, Marywood University
"In over three decades in lacrosse, I've been very fortunate to have a few long time assistants. Mic Grant is one of those. Mic is like a son to me. I've watched Mic grow as a coach beyond the expectations that anyone would hope for. Bridgewater College should be excited to have Mic Grant as their first men's lacrosse coach." – Doug Bartlett, former head coach at Virginia Military Institute
"It is with great pleasure to learn of Mic Grant's appointment as the first Head Coach of the new Bridgewater College Men's Lacrosse program. As the head coach at Hampden-Sydney College for the past 27 years, I had the opportunity to coach Mic during his exceptional career at Hampden-Sydney College. As a student-athlete, Mic anchored our team defense. After graduation, Coach Grant stayed with our program for several seasons helping Hampden-Sydney establish a nationally ranked team defense. He is a product of a wonderful family and is now a great family man himself. The job that he performed as the former head coach of a new Marywood University program has been nothing short of exceptional, with his first class of recruits experiencing success in their junior and senior years, while defeating several respected programs. I expect that Bridgewater College will build a first-class program under his guidance. He is a man of character. I would like to wish Mic, his family, and Bridgewater College, the very best." - Ray Rostan, head coach, Hampden-Sydney College