Pat Ivory '08 becomes full-time head coach, also named NEILA Coach of the Year
COLCHESTER, Vt. - Following a national search with the position becoming full time, Pat Ivory '08 has been named the head coach of the Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse program, Director of Athletics Geri Knortz announced on Thursday.
The interim head coach since January, Ivory garnered Coach of the Year honors from both the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) and the Northeast-10 Conference this spring, his first as a college head coach, while leading the squad to a national ranking. The regional award was also announced on Thursday. In his full-time capacity, Ivory will both coach and serve as the Intramurals co-director.
"It's a great honor to accept the position of head men's lacrosse coach at Saint Michael's College," said Ivory, previously a three-year assistant coach and four-year player at the institution. "I want to thank Geri Knortz, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Zaf Bludevich, and the rest of the search committee for giving me this opportunity to return to the sideline of my alma mater. As the interim head coach, we were able to have a successful season this year, and will be looking to continue to build off that success next year and into the future."
Under Ivory's guidance, the Purple Knights were 9-2 in the NE-10, setting a school record for league wins, and finished 11-5 to match the program's overall victories mark. Saint Michael's, which peaked at No. 9 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, advanced to its third straight NE-10 Championship semifinal round. For his efforts, Ivory was not only lauded as the region and the conference's top coach, but also shared the College's Purple Knight Coach of the Year award.
"Patrick did an admirable job this year as a part-time interim coach, in leading the team to a very successful season," said Knortz. "Equally important, he understands the necessity of developing the whole student, and is committed to a quality program with quality student-athletes. As a full-time coach he will have increased time and ability to recruit talented lacrosse athletes that are a great fit for the mission of the College."
During the 2013 campaign, Saint Michael's also broke a 26-year-old school record by putting together a nine-game winning streak, which included an 11-9 win against previously undefeated No. 2 Adelphi University on April 13. Entering this week, the Purple Knights were second in the nation in caused turnovers per game (11.8), tied for second in man-down defense (82.4%) and ninth in scoring defense (8.06). Among the Purple and Gold's five losses were three that came by four goals or fewer against squads ranked in the top seven in Division II.
In his three seasons as an assistant at Saint Michael's, between 2009 and 2011, Ivory helped lead the Purple Knights to a 23-20 record, including a 10-6 campaign in 2011, during which the team reached the NE-10 Conference semifinals and was 8-2 in league play. That year, Saint Michael's was also nationally ranked while at one point sitting atop the NEILA poll.
After assisting the Purple Knights during the fall season in 2011, Ivory worked as the head coach of the Middlebury Union High School varsity boys' lacrosse team in 2012, guiding the Tigers to an 8-10 finish after inheriting a team that went 2-30 during the previous two years combined. Middlebury earned a postseason victory before falling in double overtime during a quarterfinal to the eventual state runner-up.
Since 2010, Ivory has helped develop lacrosse players as a coach with VTribe Lacrosse, the largest club in the state. Ivory founded the Lax by the Lake men's lacrosse tournament in 2009, which annually occurs in Colchester. A certified US Lacrosse member, Ivory has gained additional experience working at Dartmouth College's East Coast Lacrosse Camp, the University of Vermont's Nike Lacrosse Camp, and as a coordinator for boys' and girls' lacrosse camps at The Field House in Shelburne.
A defender during his undergraduate years, Ivory picked up 16 ground balls in 25 career contests as he helped the Purple Knights go 34-26 while making four postseason appearances. Ivory, who twice earned a spot on the Dean's List, completed a degree in history in 2008 and is pursuing a master's degree at the College in education. The Saratoga Springs, N.Y., native currently works at Colchester High School, where he is a teacher in the Special Education department, a role he will relinquish once his full-time duties at the College begin on July 1.