COLCHESTER, Vt. - After five seasons guiding his alma mater, Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse head coach Pat Ivory '08 M'13 has announced his resignation, effective Aug. 18. Also the Intramural co-director, a national search for his replacement is underway. Ivory has accepted a position as director of the Sports & Fitness Program with Essex Junction Recreation and Parks.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to have served in my role for the past five seasons and to help lead this team to new heights," said Ivory. "While the 2017 season did not live up to any of our expectations, I know that the players' drive, skill and love for the game will allow them to be successful in 2018 and beyond. I look forward to celebrating the continued success of our program as an alumnus and community supporter."
The first alumnus to serve as a head coach in the 35-year history of the program, Ivory leaves the College with the second-most wins (29), behind only mentor Paul Schimoler (61). Ivory played four years under Schimoler before joining him on the sidelines between 2009 and 2011. Also an assistant coach in fall 2011, Ivory returned to Saint Michael's as the interim head coach in 2013 before being named head coach prior to the 2014 campaign.
"We owe Pat a debt of gratitude for his years of service to Saint Michael's Athletics as men's lacrosse coach and co-director of our Intramural program," said Director of Athletics Chris Kenny '86. "He was selflessly dedicated to the total development of his student-athletes, and was an influential mentor and colleague."
In his debut season of 2013, Ivory led the Purple Knights to an 11-5 overall mark and a 9-2 Northeast-10 Conference record. Saint Michael's tied a school record for overall wins, set the standard for league triumphs, and peaked at No. 9 in the national rankings. Ivory was named Coach of the Year by both the NE10 and the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA), as his charges advanced to the league semifinals.
"This program has been such an instrumental piece of my life since I first met Coach Schimoler in the summer of 2004," said Ivory. "Since that time, I have done everything in my power to help our players be successful on the field, in the classroom, and throughout their personal lives. I hope that I was able to play a positive role in the lives of those whom I was fortunate enough to play with or coach for."
The 2014 team fell one win shy of the postseason, and the Purple Knights also just missed a playoff spot the following spring but led the nation in caused turnovers per game (12.1) while downing 10th-ranked Mercy (N.Y.) College in the season's final week. Three one-goal losses kept the squad out of the 2016 NE10 Championship, and 14 first-year players dominated the roster this past spring, when four of the Purple Knights' final seven games ended in setbacks by three goals or fewer. As members of the NE10, Saint Michael's competes in a conference that has produced two of the past five NCAA Division II champions, and two runners-up in that time.