Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/1/22 – From Press Release
Widener University men’s lacrosse head coach Jamie Lockard has stepped down from his position after six seasons in his second stint on the job.
Lockard guided the Pride to four MAC Commonwealth semifinal appearances in 2017, 2019, 2021, and 2022 and a MAC Commonwealth championship appearance in 2018. During these six years, he accumulated a 40-44 record while facing nationally ranked teams and 25-15 in MAC Commonwealth play. Lockard, also a former Widener standout player, had been head coach for the Pride from 2007-2011.
In 2018, Widener beat higher seed Messiah to advance to its first championship game since 2012. In addition, he has coached 24 All-Conference athletes, including 2018 Defensive Player of the Year John Ferguson and 2019 MAC Commonwealth Rookie of the Year Connor Hesiman.
“Jamie Lockard has been an important part of our department over two different stints in his career as the Head Coach of Widener Men’s Lacrosse,” Widener Director of Athletics Jack Shafer said. “In both of those tenures Jamie built quality programs and made a very positive impact on his student-athletes, on our campus, and throughout the athletic department.
“He has certainly worked very hard growing and improving our Men’s Lacrosse program and he departs Widener Lacrosse as its most successful head coach. That being said Jamie was an important part of our men’s lacrosse team as a two-time All-American and part of group of players that led Widener Lacrosse to its first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament – only to then return as a head coach and lead the team to four more NCAA appearances.
“Within all this success, Jamie has been a consummate leader for his players and an important part of the Widener Athletic Department and our campus. I can’t thank Jamie enough for the work he has put into his teams and student-athletes.
“It’s been a pleasure working with him and seeing his influence with the men’s lacrosse team. Not many collegiate players have the opportunity to return to their alma mater as a head coach and make such a positive impact with students.”
Prior to returning to the Pride, Lockard spent a season at Albright College in 2015-16 where he helped the Lions advance to the MAC Commonwealth semifinals and mentored six student athletes to postseason conference recognitions.
Before coaching at Albright, Lockard was the head coach at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Under Lockard’s reign the Lyons recorded a program high of 11 wins in the 2012 season and went 5-1 in conference play, advanced to the conference tournament three times, and conference championship in his last season. The coaching staff helped mentor 18 all-conference players, a conference of the year player, and 17 academic all-conference selections.
Lockard’s coaching career began at home for the Pride from 2007 to 2011. While at the helm for five years, the Pride advanced to four NCAA Tournaments and recorded a 58-36 record. The 2011 team set records for wins in a season and won 13 games in a row to set a school record. In 2010, Lockard was named Middle Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year, guided 31 MAC all-conference players, and three Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team selections.
Lockard was a successful collegiate four-year letterwinner here at Widener where he was garnered a two-time USILA All-American, 2002 MAC Player of the Year, and 2003 Widener University Male Athlete of the Year. While apart of the team, Lockard was a part of eight of the nine NCAA Tournament teams.