Marc Van Arsdale ’85, associate head lacrosse coach at the University of Virginia, was instrumental in turning around the team’s offense after the loss of two of their most talented midfielders. Using his revised offense to beat their east coast rival, the University of Maryland, helped the team win their fifth NCAA National Men’s Lacrosse Title.
On the Cavaliers’ official website, Head Coach Dom Starsia is quoted, “It would be difficult for me to describe adequately how fortunate we are to have Marc on our staff. He has been a great influence on my own development, on and off the field. Everyone associated with the Virginia lacrosse program benefits from his experience and leadership. There are two head coaches on this staff.”
Prior to the championship match, Maryland coach John Tillman commented, “I give Marc Van Arsdale and Coach Starsia a lot of credit. They’ve redefined the way they play offense in the last five games, and they’ve changed who they are given their personnel. They’ve put all the pieces in the best spot possible, and that’s a credit to them. It’s tough to do that mid-season, but it’s made all the sense in the world.”
Van Arsdale began his coaching career as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Nazareth College in 1986. From 1987-90, he served as an assistant at Hobart, helping guide the Statesmen to four consecutive Division III national championships. He then went on to become head lacrosse coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 1997-2001 before making the move to Virginia in 2001 as an assistant coach, becoming associate head coach in the fall of 2006.
A Geneva, N.Y. native, Van Arsdale graduated with a B.A. in history magna cum laude from Hobart College, where he excelled both academically and athletically. He played on four Division III championship teams, earning first-team All-American and National Division III Attackman of the Year honors as a senior.
Chosen the Most Valuable Player in the D-III championship game in 1983 and 1985, Van Arsdale led the Statesmen in scoring his last two seasons and played in the North-South game his senior year. He finished his collegiate career among the school’s top-10 all-time leaders for assists, goals and scoring.
Van Arsdale received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship in 1985 after being named to the Dean’s List all four years at Hobart. He was also chosen a Presidential Scholar and was elected a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He was inducted into the Hobart College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, along with his brother Guy ’83 and father William. He is also a member of the Geneva Sports Hall of Fame and Western New York Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Van Arsdale lives with his wife, Karen Van Arsdale ’88, in Charlottesville, Va., and has two children, a daughter, Elise, and a son, Owen, who is a freshman on the 2011 UVA men’s lacrosse team.