NEWBERRY – Director of Athletics Ralph Patterson has announced the addition of men’s lacrosse as Newberry’s 20th NCAA Division II sport and the hiring of Nick Cotter to lead the program into its first season of competition in the spring of 2018.
Lacrosse has been a mainstay on campus since 2012, when the women’s game first came to Newberry. Home games will be played at Setzler Field, with the men’s lacrosse program joining football, field hockey, and women’s lacrosse at the facility that first hosted Newberry contests in 1922.
Cotter will serve as the program’s inaugural head coach. Cotter had a remarkable collegiate playing career as a three-time All-American at Dowling College that led the Golden Lions to their first-ever Division II national title game appearance in 2006. He has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Saint Leo University in Florida, where he helped the 2016 Lions to a 9-5 overall record and a final ranking just outside the top 20 in the coaches’ poll.
“I’m thankful that Newberry has given me the opportunity to come in and start the program from scratch,” said Cotter. “I look forward to contributing to the winning culture here and joining the Newberry family.” “We had an outstanding pool of applicants,” said Patterson, “and Nick's name kept coming up from people we had conversations with in our search. We're excited that he's joining the Newberry College family. We look forward to watching him build a great lacrosse program.”