January 17, 2011

SUNYIT Adds Men's, Women's Lax

from press release

UTICA, N.Y. – The SUNYIT Athletics Department is proud to announce the additions of both men’s and women’s lacrosse to its intercollegiate sports programs, with both teams set to start competition during the 2011-12 season.

“Lacrosse is an exciting new addition to our growing sports program,” said SUNYIT Athletics Director Kevin Grimmer.  “With the Wildcats’ success in the NEAC, along with our outstanding facilities, SUNYIT is certainly a top destination for competitive student-athletes.”

The launch of both programs coincides with the opening of SUNYIT’s $20 million Field House this spring, which will offer a lighted turf field for both teams to compete on.  Both programs will immediately begin competition at the varsity level and will play a full North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) schedule, which allows both teams the opportunity of qualifying for NCAA postseason play.   

While the search for a full-time women’s coach will soon take place, Tyler Renaud is set to lead the men’s program after many years of experience coaching on the women’s side.  Prior to joining SUNYIT as the head women’s soccer coach in 2009, Renaud served as the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team at Norwich University from 2005 to 2008.  While there, Renaud led the team to a GNAC Championship in 2008 and an appearance in the ECAC New England Region Lacrosse Tournament that same year, while making it to the semifinal round of the New England Women's Lacrosse Tournament in 2007. His accomplishments earned him the 2008 GNAC Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year award and the 2007 New England Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year award.

Renaud also served as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Cayuga Community College from 2002 to 2005, guiding the team to back-to-back Mid-State Athletic Conference Championships in 2004 and 2005, while taking home the NJCAA Region III Lacrosse Championship in 2004 and making it to the Region III Championship game in 2005.  He was also named the 2004 MSAC Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year, the 2004 NJCAA Region III Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year and the 2005 NJCAA District C Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year.

Most recently, Renaud led this year’s SUNYIT women’s soccer team to an undefeated regular season in the NEAC at 11-0 and a program-best record of 15-4 en route to being named the NEAC Coach of the Year.

“Tyler is a tremendous coach and recruiter and I expect that he will build very successful men’s and women’s lacrosse programs, exactly as he done for women’s soccer at SUNYIT,” explained Grimmer.  “Tyler is currently recruiting for both lacrosse programs with the help of his assistant coach Erin Schurr, and we plan to advertise nationally for a full-time women’s lacrosse head coach.”

With the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse, SUNYIT now offers 15 intercollegiate sports that compete in the NEAC, including baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and men's and women's volleyball.  Additionally offered is women’s bowling, which competes against many NCAA Division I programs and participates in a full slate of tournaments throughout the Northeast.

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