|Mark Jones, Brendan Lawler Elevated to Full-Time Status|
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan College has expanded the roles of head volleyball coach Mark Jones and head women's soccer coach Brendan Lawler making them the first full-time mentors in the history of each program. Jones is entering his third season at Manhattan, while the 2011 campaign will be Lawler's second in Riverdale.
"As Manhattan embarks on a new strategic plan, an important plank is maximizing the value of competing in Division I athletics," said Dr. Richard Satterlee, the College's Vice President for Student Life. "There is probably no other area as important to the future success of our programs as quality coaching. As a result, we are thrilled to increase our support to two of our outstanding women's programs."
Jones was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Coach of the Year in 2010 after leading the Lady Jaspers to a 20-14 overall record and a school-record 11 MAAC wins. It was the volleyball program's first 20-win season since going to the NCAA Tournament in 2003. After being picked ninth in the preseason, Manhattan ended up tied for third in the final MAAC standings last season. Jones came to Manhattan after two successful seasons as an assistant at Maine.
After being named the fourth head coach in program history last June, Lawler led the women's soccer team to five wins in his debut, including three victories on a competitive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference slate. In addition, Caroline Morse was named to the All-MAAC First Team last season and six Lady Jaspers were selected to the MAAC All-Academic Team for the success in the classroom. Lawler came to Manhattan after successful stops as an assistant coach at Army and Marist. He played Division I soccer and graduated cum laude from local MAAC member Saint Peter's.
Both teams open the 2011 season on Friday, August 26, when the volleyball team takes on Radford in the Asics Invitational and the women's soccer squad is in action at Rhode Island.