WHITTIER, Calif. – After an extensive search Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman is happy to announce the hiring of Nicholas Marks as the new Head Men's Lacrosse Coach.
"Nick is going to be a great addition to a team that's enjoyed a high level of success within the program's history," explained Coleman. "We're excited about him joining our coaching staff and he is exactly the type of strong leader we were hoping to continue moving our program forward. He's an accomplished player and coach, but more importantly, he possesses the vision for building a nationally-recognized culture of excellence."
Nick comes to the Purple & Gold after serving as the defensive and recruiting coordinators for North Central College. There the team finished 10-4 in their inaugural season and wrapped up the year 2nd in scoring defense, 3rd in caused turnovers, and 14th in clearing within the NCAA.
Prior to North Central Nick was an assistant coach at Bucknell University for five seasons where he served as defensive coordinator, while coaching face-offs and goalies. There the team made five Patriot League Tournament appearances and earned two Top 20 National rankings and achieved wins over Cornell, Penn State, Drexel, Albany, Navy, and Brown.
Nick is a graduate of Bucknell University ('08) where he earned a dual Bachelors of Arts in Classics and History. There he was also a four-year starter for the Bison and team captain. Following his collegiate career he then turned his sights onto a professional career playing for the Ohio Machine (MLL), Chicago Machine (MLL), and Chicago Shamrox (NLL).
"I would like to thank Rob Coleman, his staff, the alumni, and most importantly the players for this amazing opportunity," Marks said. "My wife and I could not be more thrilled to be a part of the Whittier College community. I am eager to continue the traditions of success and excellence in the Whittier Men's Lacrosse program. I look forward to leading these fine young men in their athletic and academic endeavors. Go Poets!"