June 21, 2009

Beville Named MD3 USILA Coach of Year

from press releases

SUNY Cortland men's lacrosse coach Steve Beville has been named the 2009 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).

Beville led the Red Dragons to a 19-2 record and the NCAA Division III title. Cortland won four NCAA tournament games, including a 9-7 victory over Gettysburg College in the championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Cortland's 19 victories this spring are a school single-season record.

In three seasons at Cortland, Beville has a combined record of 52-10. His teams were NCAA Division III runners-up in both 2007 and 2008. Overall, Beville has a 200-121 record in 21 years as a collegiate head coach that includes 10 years at Colorado College (1989-98) and eight years at the University of Vermont (1999-2006).

A Syracuse area native, Beville graduated from West Genesee High School in 1981 and was a highly successful player at Washington College (Md.). He played in three NCAA Div. III championship games and was a two-time Div. III National Defenseman of the Year.

Beville is the third Cortland coach to win USILA Coach of the Year honors. Rich Barnes won the award in 2006 after leading the Red Dragons to the NCAA Division III title and Jack Emmer received the award in 1972 after guiding Cortland to the NCAA Division I semifinals.

Beville was one of three coaches honored by the USILA this spring. Jeff Tambroni of Cornell University was the Division I recipient and John Jez of C.W. Post won the Division II award. Cornell lost in overtime in the Division I title game and C.W. Post won the Division II national title.

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