October 28, 2010

Thomas Named Roanoke's Top Assistant

from press release

SALEM, Va. -- Assistant coach Jim Mitchell is leaving Roanoke to take on a new position, while Zach Thomas will take his spot as the top assistant for the Roanoke men's lacrosse program. Mitchell leaves after spending two seasons with the Maroons, while Thomas, who was on the coaching staff last year, will be promoted to his new position effective immediately.

Mitchell leaves Roanoke to take a program director's position at Adrenaline Lacrosse in San Diego, CA, which is a rapidly growing and successful lacrosse company. His starting date is November 15. A former player at St. Mary's (MD), Mitchell came to Salem in the summer of 2008 after receiving his master's degree from Goucher that spring. He was a graduate assistant for the Gophers for two seasons prior to joining the Maroons.

Mitchell helped head coach Bill Pilat to a 35-5 two-year mark. In addition, he coached 14 USILA All-Americans, including two national position players of the year, Stephen Simmons (long-pole)and Sam Love (defenseman). The Maroons finished in the top-five during the last two seasons, including the programs' second-ever #1 ranking last spring.

Thomas, a 2009 graduate of Roanoke, joins Pilat for a second season on the Maroons staff. He takes over Mitchell's position as the top assistant and will be responsible for all aspects of recruiting, scouting, practice planning, and individual player development.

Thomas, the winningest player in men's lacrosse history with 62 career victories, was a two-time All-American at Roanoke. The only captain of the team as a senior, he was named USILA First-Team All-American for a Maroon team that went 17-2. He finished his career ranked among the all-time greats at Roanoke in scoring (4th), goals (5th), assists (tie-6th), shots (2nd), and shots on goal (2nd). The Maryland native finished his senior year with 34 goals and a team-high 25 assists for 59 points. Thomas was a three-time All-ODAC selection and was named the 2009 Roanoke College Male Athlete of the Year.

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