Men's lacrosse coaches present at IMLCA Convention

Lynchburg lacrosse coaches pose at the IMLCA Convention. Left to right: Eric Lombardo, Aaron Murphy, Jon Lombardo, Steve Koudelka.

Baltimore, Md. -- The Lynchburg College men's lacrosse coaching staff was featured prominently at last weekend's Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association Convention, the annual summit of lacrosse mentors held in Baltimore.

Head coach Steve Koudelka and assistants Eric Lombardo, Jon Lombardo, and Aaron Murphy presented a Saturday session on integrating goalie coaching into practice plans. And while Koudelka, an All-American collegiate goalie and former Major League Lacrosse netminder himself, said he was happy to share his expertise, the stars of the show were really his assistants.

"It was really great to get our guys a chance to present on that stage," the 22nd-year head coach said, noting that greater visibility for his assistants will be a valuable tool not just in advancing the Hornets' program but in their careers to boot.
"Their knowledge of the game was really on display," Koudelka said.

The four-day convention, which more than 1,000 lacrosse coaches attended, addresses everything from rule changes to NCAA tournament planning to good old fashioned Xs and Os, but it also featured some new wrinkles this year. Koudelka, along with Lynchburg alum and current Elizabethtown College head coach Chris Perzinski, former Johns Hopkins athletic director Tom Calder, Delaware head coach Ben Deluca, and Brown head coach Mike Daly, were on a Friday panel about transitioning from an assistant coach's role into head coaching.

"The neat part about it was I was able to pull from some of the discussions that we've had in our athletic department about helping assistant coaches become head coaches," said Koudelka, noting that development doesn't stop at graduation in the LC athletic department.

Look no further than Perzinski, who took Elizabethtown to the NCAA tournament in his first season as head coach last spring.

Jon Lombardo, who played with Perzinski and has been on the LC staff since graduating in 2012, said his friend's words about "shrinking the degrees of separation between me and the people who are interviewing me across the desk" resonated with him. And looking around at his fellow audience members, which ranged from assistants at Division I powers like the University of Maryland to Division III assistants such as himself, he saw value in the diversity on the panel.

Koudelka agreed.

"We got a lot of really positive feedback from the audience in terms of covering all the divisions," the LC head coach said.

Koudelka, who also serves as the assistant athletic director at Lynchburg, said he was able to provide insight not just as a coach but as an administrator. Some of the advice was obvious: look presentable and be polite. But some might not seem like common sense, such as the importance of following up after an interview and not being afraid to acknowledge your accomplishments during an interview.

And despite being 22 years removed from his last stint as an assistant, Koudelka said he feels comfortable advising those looking to move into head coaching roles on how to go about it.

"I've had several former assistants go on to become head coaches," Koudelka said, "and listening to their stories, their trials and tribulations, it was easy to draw on their experiences."

With the convention in the rearview mirror, the Lynchburg men's lacrosse staff will turn its attention to the upcoming season. The Hornets begin the 2018 campaign in Salisbury, Md. on Saturday, Feb. 10 against the reigning Division III national champions, the Salisbury Sea Gulls.

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Mon Oct 14
at VSGA Intercollegiate, Blacksburg CC, Blacksburg, Va. -- Day 1
Tue Oct 15
at VSGA Intercollegiate, Blacksburg CC, Blacksburg, Va. -- Day 2
Tue Oct 15
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Wed Oct 16
3:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Wed Oct 16
4:00 PM
Sweet Briar
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 16
7:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 16
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
Fri Oct 18
5:30 p.m.
Bridgewater
vs. Lynchburg
Fri Oct 18
5:30 p.m.
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 19
at VSGA Intercollegiate, James River CC, Newport News, Va. -- Day 1
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Fri Nov 08
TBA
Lynchburg
vs. TBA
@ Hood College, Frederick, Md. MMI Tip-Off Tournament
Fri Nov 08
6:00 PM
Albertus Magnus
vs. Lynchburg
@ Hood College MMI Tip-Off Tournament
Sat Nov 09
TBA
Lynchburg
vs. TBA
@ Hood College, Frederick, Md. MMI Tip-Off Tournament
Wed Nov 13
7:30 PM
Lynchburg
at N.C. Wesleyan
Sat Nov 16
6:00 PM
Pfeiffer
vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Nov 17
3:00 PM
Methodist
vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4
Fri Nov 22
TBA
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
@ Newport News, VA CNU Classic
Sat Nov 23
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Christopher Newport Classic -- Game 2
Sun Dec 01
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
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Sun Nov 10
12:00 PM
Meredith
vs. Lynchburg
Tue Nov 12
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Fri Nov 15
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory
Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic
Sat Nov 16
2:00 PM
Colorado Col.
vs. Lynchburg
@ Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic
Wed Nov 20
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hollins
Mon Nov 25
7:00 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
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Fri Aug 30
Final
4 Roanoke
1 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Sep 07
Final
0 Maryville (Tenn.)
1 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Sun Sep 08
Final
0 Regent
10 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Wed Sep 11
Final
2 No. 16 Mary Washington
0 vs. Lynchburg
Fri Sep 13
Final
1 No. 13 Oglethorpe
2 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 18
Final - 2OT
0 Lynchburg
0 at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 21
Final
0 Lynchburg
1 at Catholic
Wed Sep 25
Final - 2OT
0 No. 13 Washington and Lee
0 vs. Lynchburg
Non-conference match
Sat Sep 28
Final - 2OT
0 Lynchburg
0 at Roanoke
Wed Oct 02
Final - 2OT
2 Lynchburg
2 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 09
Final
0 Randolph-Macon
4 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
Final - 2OT
3 Lynchburg
3 at Hampden-Sydney
Wed Oct 16
3:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 19
7:30 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
7:00 PM
Shenandoah
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 26
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Va. Wesleyan
Tue Oct 29
7:00 PM
Guilford
vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night
Fri Nov 01
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- First Round
Sun Nov 03
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- Quarterfinal
Sat Nov 09
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- Semifinal
Sun Nov 10
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- Championship
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Sat Aug 31
Final
2 No. 10 Johns Hopkins
0 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase
Sun Sep 01
Final
2 Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)
7 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase
Sat Sep 07
Final
1 Maryville (Tenn.)
2 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 1
Sun Sep 08
Final
0 Kalamazoo
3 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 3
Sat Sep 14
Final - 2OT
2 No. 19 Lynchburg
3 at Emory
Sun Sep 15
Final
1 No. 19 Lynchburg
0 at Piedmont
Wed Sep 25
Final - 2OT
1 No. 23 Lynchburg
1 at No. 2 Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 28
Final
0 No. 23 Lynchburg
3 at Washington and Lee
Note time change
Sat Oct 05
Final
0 Bridgewater (Va.)
4 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 09
Final
1 Randolph
5 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
Final
5 Lynchburg
0 at East. Mennonite
Tue Oct 15
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Wed Oct 16
4:00 PM
Sweet Briar
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 19
5:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
Sun Oct 27
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Wed Oct 30
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Guilford
Sat Nov 02
1:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night | CODE RED Match
Wed Nov 06
TBA
TBD
vs. Lynchburg
@ High Seed ODAC Tournament -- Quarterfinal
Sat Nov 09
TBA
TBD
vs. Lynchburg
@ Highest Seed ODAC Tournament -- Semifinal
Sun Nov 10
TBA
TBD
vs. Lynchburg
@ Highest Seed ODAC Tournament -- Championship
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