WINCHESTER, Va. – Shenandoah University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Wayne Edwards announced Monday that Mike Kruger has accepted the position of head men’s lacrosse coach.
Kruger, who becomes just the third head men’s lacrosse coach in program history, comes to Shenandoah from longtime lacrosse power Washington & Lee University.
Kruger spent two years at Washington & Lee as the defensive coordinator/goalkeepers coach and recruiting coordinator and takes over the SU position from Brian Jenkins. Jenkins resigned in May after 14 seasons at the helm of the Hornets’ program.
The Generals won 20 games in Kruger’s two years in Lexington and were the No. 2 seed at the 2011 ODAC Tournament. The Generals were 19th in the nation in goals against (7.06 GAA) and had four All-ODAC performers this past spring.
In addition, one player earned All-America honors and another played in the North/South Senior All-Star Game.
He emerged as the top candidate at Shenandoah from a field of nearly 50 applicants.
“We had a number of excellent candidates for this position,” Dr. Edwards said, “including coaches with Division I & II head coaching experience. In the end, Mike rose to the top. He impressed everyone on campus with his vision and plan for our program’s future. I am very happy to welcome Mike into the Shenandoah family and know he will provide positive direction personally, academically and athletically for our men’s lacrosse student-athletes.”
Prior to his time at W&L, Kruger was a graduate assistant coach at NESCAC power Trinity (Conn.) for two years.
Serving as the goalkeeper coach as well as heading up the man-down unit, Kruger helped the Bantams to a No. 19 national ranking in 2009. The ranking was the program’s first in 17 years and the team won 10 games for the first time in school history.
Kruger mentored three All-NESCAC players in his two seasons with the program.
“I want to thank Dr. Edwards and the search committee for this opportunity,” Kruger said. “I am looking forward to the challenge of making SU lacrosse a power in both the ODAC and on the national scene.
“I also want to thank my head coach at Washington & Lee, Gene McCabe, and AD Jan Hathorn for the opportunity the past two years. Their guidance has been invaluable.”
Shenandoah plays its final season in the CSAC this coming year before joining the ODAC on July 1, 2012.
“We are very appreciative of all the great work Mike did for us at Washington & Lee with both the lacrosse program and the university,” McCabe said. “He is an outstanding person, coach and recruiter and I have no doubt he do an excellent job at SU. All of us at W&L wish him the best of luck.”
As a player, Kruger started in the goal for four years at Division I Fairfield (Conn.). The Stags won the 2005 Great Western League championship and captured the accompanying berth into the NCAA Tournament.
He is third all-time in saves at Fairfield with 536.
Kruger, who is engaged to Sarah Gess and scheduled to be married in October, starts his full-time duties Aug. 1.