LAURINBURG — St. Andrews University has reinstated the men’s lacrosse program and on Monday announced the appointment of a new head coach.
Director of Athletics Glenn Batten announced that Adam Bokmeyer would take the helm as the new head coach of the men’s lacrosse team, which was suspended for the 2017-18 school year.
The program was suspended to “analyze the recruiting strategy, identify a new head coach and rebuild the roster with student-athletes who can successfully return the program to the field,” the university said in a Facebook post at the time.
The post goes on to say that in order for St. Andrews to reinstate the men’s lacrosse program it needs to “identify a head coach who understands the mission of athletics at St. Andrews and reflects the Champions of Character initiative of the NAIA.”
Batten feels confident that Bokmeyer will return the Knights lacrosse team to its former glory. The Knights finished the 2016-17 season with a 2-7 overall record and 1-5 in conference play.
“The men’s lacrosse program has been very competitive through the years including last going to the NAIA national tournament in 2016 and I am confident that Adam will be able to continue that tradition,” Batten said. “His experience as a coach and mentor and knowledge of the game will serve our program well. He understands our commitment to the NAIA and character-driven intercollegiate athletics and the balance between academic excellence and competitive play.”
Bokmeyer, a native of El Cajon, Calif., comes to SAU after serving as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin. In his two seasons with the Longhorns, Bokmeyer led the team to 19 wins. He coached the defense to a No. 4 ranking in the country and coached the defensive player and rookie of the year.
Before Texas, he coached at the Smithson Valley High School in Texas lacrosse club for two seasons, and was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Adams St. University in Colo. from 2012-14.
During his playing career, Bokmeyer served as an offensive and defensive midfielder for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. from. He received his bachelor’s in business management from Colorado State University’s Global Campus in 2012 before earning his master’s in finance from Washington State University in 2016.
“St. Andrews’ commitment to the student-athlete and their success during college and following is unmatched and I am excited to join the team,” said Bokmeyer. “I want to thank Athletic Director Glenn Batten for believing in me and providing the opportunity to revive and grow a program that has seen great success in the past. The vision and support for lacrosse and its impending success is very important to both myself and St. Andrews and I’m excited to get to town and get to work.”
The game of lacrosse is growing 25 percent each year at the high school level. This makes it the fastest growing sport in the country. Twenty years ago the sport was almost unknown in North Carolina. Now there are over 100 high school lacrosse programs across the state.
“Years ago we had to recruit in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania to get quality players. Now there are outstanding programs producing very talented players in North Carolina,” said Batten. “Coach Bokmeyer will have a rich recruiting pool from which to draw student-athletes.”