January 16, 2013

Kingsbury announces resignation as Saint Michael's men's lacrosse head coach

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse head coach Brian Kingsbury has announced his resignation from the institution, effective Jan. 25, to take the same position with a start-up program at Lynn (Fla.) University. A search for his replacement is underway.

"I would like to thank Saint Michael's College for the opportunity to lead the Purple Knights as the head men's lacrosse coach, and the players for believing in my system to set records last season," said Kingsbury, whose squad set program marks in wins (11) and goals-against average (6.12) in 2012 during his lone season at the College. In two years as a college head coach, his teams are 23-12 overall and 13-4 in conference play. "It has been a wonderful experience developing the relationships within the community. Although this has been a difficult decision to leave Saint Michael's College for Lynn University, I am excited for the opportunity build a reputable, winning lacrosse program in Boca Raton, Fla."

Kingsbury helped Saint Michael's claim an appearance in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship semifinals in 2012 while being ranked as high as ninth nationally. He coached for the past four years in the state of Vermont, including the three previous to his stint in Colchester down at Division III Castleton State College. In 2010, during his second season as an assistant coach at Castleton State, Kingsbury helped the program make its NCAA Tournament debut before leading the Spartans back to the NCAAs in his lone season as head coach in 2011. Castleton State won the North Atlantic Conference's (NAC) regular-season and tournament titles that spring.

Due to his involvement in the growth and development of the game of lacrosse in Vermont, Kingsbury was selected to deliver the keynote speech for the Vermont Chapter of US Lacrosse's 10th annual recognition banquet in October. Kingsbury's Saint Michael's student-athletes have been very involved in the community, particularly with cancer research fundraisers.

During October, the Purple Knights sold merchandise and accepted donations that went toward the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, as well as competing in an 18-team tournament in Massachusetts that raised proceeds for genitourinary cancer and women's cancers research at Dana-Farber. That same month, the men's lacrosse players joined a handful of Saint Michael's teams in participating at the fifth annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Chittenden County, an American Cancer Society-sponsored five-mile walk designed to raise money to help fund research and create awareness.

Many players grew mustaches for last April's Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, somewhat as an offshoot of a cause known as Movember. Each November, Movember is responsible for people growing facial hair to raise vital funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

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