SHU Athletics Expands
Saints to Add Men's Lacrosse, Men's Volleyball
Ed Maloney, the current boys lacrosse coach and athletic director at Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard High School, has agreed to guide the Saints’ new men’s lacrosse program. Maloney, who has more than 12 years of high school lacrosse coaching experience, guided the Eastern Michigan University men’s club lacrosse program for one season before starting the lacrosse program at Gabriel Richard High School. Siena Heights will compete at the club level beginning in the spring 2009 and will use Adrian High School’s Maple Stadium for its home matches. Maloney said he will try to bring in 20-25 student-athletes beginning in the fall 2008, and believes Siena Heights’ close proximity to lacrosse hotbeds like metro Detroit and Toledo, Ohio, will be an advantage in the recruiting process. The men’s league the Saints will apply to, the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association, has more than two dozen schools divided up into Division 1 or 2 teams. Schools range from Western New York and Pennsylvania and West Virginia to Indiana, and there is even the opportunity to compete at a national tournament. There is currently a Division 2 league comprised of all Michigan schools.
Calling it an “emerging” sport, Athletic Director Fred Smith recently announced Siena Heights is also beginning a men’s club volleyball program. Initial plans have the first matches being played in 2009, with the club schedule that will include institutions from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Current SHU women’s volleyball assistant coach and former Adrian College women’s volleyball coach Mike Watkins has been hired to coach the men’s club program. Watkins coached Adrian’s program from 1998-2005 before arriving at Siena last fall. Watkins said his first task recruiting anywhere from 8-12 student-athletes to be ready to compete by next February, when the club season begins. Siena Heights plans to join the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Conference, which includes club institutions from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Typically the season consists of 20-25 matches and runs through March.