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Eastern men’s coach Wallace to step down after season

Tuesday, 24th January 2023

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/24/23 – from Press Release

Veteran Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Wallace (Avon Grove) has told his team that the 2023 season will be his 12th and final season leading Eastern University Men’s Lacrosse. Beginning this summer, Wallace will become the Athletic Director at Delaware County Christian School.

Throughout his 11 years, Wallace has won 125 games and six MAC Freedom Championships. He has had players earn honors for excellence on the field and in the classroom. In his first season, the Eagles won the inaugural MAC Freedom title and the final MAC Championship match. The next season, his group finished 15-2 and again won the MAC Freedom title. Eastern Men’s Lacrosse eventually ran its streak to five before falling in the Championship match in 2017. The Eagles picked up their sixth title in 2018 and again reached the Championship game in 2019.

Wallace earned league coach of the year honors four times and has had players earn eight All-America Honors and four earn Scholar All-America Honors from the USILA. He has built a strong network of parent and alumni support. Several players on the current Eastern roster played high school or club lacrosse for coaches who played at Eastern. In 2018, Aaron Benz ’13 became the first Men’s Lacrosse player inducted into Eastern’s Hall of Honor.

Throughout his time in Eastern’s Athletic Department, Wallace has seen his administrative role grow. As he has added responsibilities his passion for Athletic Administration has also grown. He currently serves as an Associate Athletic Director. In addition to growing and managing his own roster, he took on oversight for department recruiting and facilities growth. In his recruiting role, he spent time mentoring young coaches and helping them to build systems for success. In his capacity as a facilities manager, he has been actively involved in several construction projects.

“Leaving this team and community is going to be difficult,” Wallace said. “but I know this program is heading in the right direction, and I am excited about being able to finish this year with this team.  I am looking forward starting this new season with this team on Monday.

“Over the past 12 years, it has been a tremendous privilege to see athletes come here as boys and leave as men. I am proud of being part of that process and value the relationships I have with our alumni. Though it is never easy to move, my time at Eastern has prepared me for this next challenge. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to develop my skills and build a network that will enable me to be successful at DC. Our family is grateful for the support of this community, and we welcome your prayers as we transition.”   

In moving to Delaware County Christian, Wallace joins a growing school with a vision to improve facilities and develop the quality and breadth of its athletic program. With pre-K through 12th grade enrollment approaching 1000 students, DC currently offers 18 high school sports and 13 middle school teams. Delaware County Christian was founded in 1950 and is located in Newtown Square.

“I am excited for Kevin as he transitions into a full time athletic administrator,” Eastern Athletic Director Eric McNelley said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Kevin as he will have an opportunity to set a vision for growth and to build an athletic culture at a school that is poised for growth.

“He has been a great friend and a big part of the growth and success within our department. I will continue to support his career as he transitions into this new role at Delaware County Christian. Although we will miss him and are sad to see him go, I know this is the right decision for the entire Wallace family.”

Wallace and his team will start the 2023 campaign when they host Washington College in a month.

“We will conduct a preliminary search immediately,” McNelley added. “We are committed to finding the right leader for Eastern Men’s Lacrosse. We will focus on a vision of success that can be defined on the playing field and the classroom that is rooted with the spiritual mentorship the program deserves.”

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