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Bryn Athyn College announces it is elevating men’s club program to NCAA Division III level

Thursday, 28th April 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/27/11
From Press Releases

Bryn Athyn College Director of Athletics, Matt Kennedy, announced this week the college’s plan to elevate their club lacrosse program to varsity status in 2012-2013. This strategic initiative plays a role in the college’s athletic growth plan, and is one sport closer to joining the NCAA in the near future. The college now offers five varsity programs, and plans to add more over the next few years.

Jesse King

“We are very excited to be able to add varsity men’s lacrosse to our offerings here at Bryn Athyn,” Kennedy said. “Lacrosse has such a long history here at Bryn Athyn, and we are happy to now elevate it to the next level. Over the past 10 years, we have witnessed a lacrosse boom in the Philadelphia area and being able to offer a varsity program is attractive to prospective students.”

Bryn Athyn has hired head coach Jesse King to lead the program into their first varsity season. King has spent the last eight years as the head coach with the Bryn Athyn club program. The Huntington Valley native studied economics at the University of Pennsylvania and went on to obtain his law degree at Villanova.

A graduate of the Academy of the New Church, King received 1st team PA All Senior honors and was selected to the PA All-State 2nd team in 1996. He also was voted 1st team All-Friends League. Along with coaching at Bryn Athyn, King is an Assistant District Attorney for Montgomery County.

“I am excited to build a team from the ground up that share my dedication to fitness, drive for improvement and passion for competition.” King said.

Kennedy commented, “As soon as I met Jesse I knew we shared a lot of the same vision for athletics at Bryn Athyn College. I am a believer in his coaching philosophy, and I am confident that he will be able to recruit the right student-athletes for Bryn Athyn.”

Bryn Athyn will begin play in 2012-13, and will schedule regional DIII schools, while they apply for NCAA DIII membership.



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