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Marc Van Arsdale
Marc  Van Arsdale

Associate Head Coach

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Hobart College (1985)


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Marc Van Arsdale is in his 15th year as the top assistant coach on Dom Starsia's staff and his 10th as associate head coach.

One of the outstanding teachers in the college game, he is heavily involved in all aspects of the program and serves as the team's offensive coordinator. A master offensive tactician, Van Arsdale has overseen some of the most potent offenses in school history.

Under Van Arsdale's guidence in 2013 attackman Mark Cockerton finished No. 2 in the nation with 3.5 goals per game, while attackman Nick O'Reilly was No. 6 in the nation with 2.53 assists per game.

The 2012 season saw All-American Steele Stanwick lead the nation in assists per game (3.19) and finish No. 2 in points per game (5.0) under Van Arsdale's offensive tutelage. Stanwick graduated as a two-time first-team All-American, a Tewaaraton Trophy winner and set the program record for most career points with 269. Stanwick's 269 career points upon graduation placed the attackman No. 18 all-time in NCAA history.

In 2011 Virginia ranked No. 3 in scoring with average of 12.56 goals per game, 6.94 assists per game and 19.50 points per game. Stanwick won the Tewaaraton Trophy after scoring 21 points (9 g, 12 a) in the NCAA Tournament, leading UVa to the title. Stanwick finished the season No. 3 in the nation with 2.24 assists per game and No. 4 in the nation with 4.12 points per game.

In 2010 Virginia ranked No. 3 in scoring with an average of 13.44 goals per game, 8.17 assists per game and 21.61 points per game. Chris Bocklet burst onto the scene as the sophomore scored 53 goals, second-most in a season all-time by a Cavalier. Bocklet became the first UVa player to amass the 50-goal plateau since Doug Knight set the single-season record with 56 scores in 1996. The balanced scoring attack in 2010 saw 10 Cavaliers reach double figures in goals scored.

In 2009 Virginia ranked first in scoring with an average of 13.0 goals per game, 7.83 assists per game and 20.83 points per game. Garrett Billings led the team with 38 goals as all three starting attackmen scored at least 30 goals for the second straight season and only the third time in school history. Joining him in the scoring parade was Steele Stanwick (36) and Danny Glading (32). UVa also boasted a top-notch scoring midfield behind first team All-American Shamel Bratton (31) and third team All-American Brian Carroll (29).

Billings (36) and Glading (30) were also part of the 2008 starting attack trio that reached the 30-goal plateau, spearheaded by Ben Rubeor's team-leading 38 scores. Carroll chipped in 28 goals and his first third team All-American nod.

Virginia rolled to an undefeated national championship seven years ago with one of the most explosive offenses in recent memory. The Cavaliers led the nation in scoring with an average of 15.82 goals per game, the most by a Division I team since the 1997 UVa squad averaged more than 18 goals per game. Their 269 goals were the most by a D-I team since UVa tallied 275 times in 1996.

Under Van Arsdale's guidance that season, Matt Ward was named the USILA Player of the Year and was awarded the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation's top player, while Kyle Dixon was named the USILA Midfielder of the Year. Van Arsdale himself was recognized as the Division I Assistant Coach of the Year following the season.

The Cavaliers have ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring in six of the last seven seasons, including the last four. In addition, Virginia featured the ACC leader in goals, assists and points in 2002, `03 and `06.

Van Arsdale returned to Charlottesville following a five-year stint (1997-2001) as the head coach at Pennsylvania, where he led the Quakers to a 27-39 overall record. During his first year, he coached Penn to its first .500 season (6-6) of the `90s. Following the 2000 season, he was selected to coach the South All-Stars in the Collegiate North-South Senior All-Star game.

"It would be difficult for me to describe adequately how fortunate we are to have Marc on our staff," said Starsia. "He has been a great influence on my own development, on and off the field. Everyone associated with the Virginia lacrosse program benefits from his experience and leadership. There are two head coaches on this staff."

Prior to taking over the program at Penn, Van Arsdale spent six years as an assistant coach at UVa, first under former head coach Jim Adams (1991-92) and later as a member of Starsia's first staff (1993-96). The Cavaliers reached the NCAA Championships five times in that six-year span, advancing to the national championship game in 1994 and 1996, and to the national semifinals in 1995.

During his first stint at UVa, Van Arsdale was instrumental in recruiting and developing some of the most talented offensive players to ever wear the orange and blue, including David Curry, Doug Knight, Kevin Pehlke, Tucker Radebaugh, Greg Traynor, Michael Watson and Tim Whiteley.

The native of Geneva, N.Y., is a 1985 magna cum laude graduate of Hobart College, where he excelled both academically and athletically. He played on four Division III championship teams, earning first-team All-America and National Division III Attackman of the Year honors as a senior.

Chosen the Most Valuable Player in the D-III championship game in 1983 and 1985, Van Arsdale led the Statesmen in scoring his last two seasons and played in the North-South game his senior year. He finished his collegiate career among the school's top-10 all-time leaders for assists, goals and scoring.

Van Arsdale received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship in 1985 after being named to the Dean's List all four years at Hobart. He was also chosen a Presidential Scholar and was elected a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

The 52-year-old Van Arsdale began his coaching career as an assistant men's lacrosse coach at Nazareth College in 1986. From 1987-90, he served as an assistant at his alma mater, Hobart, helping guide the Statesmen to four consecutive Division III national championships.

He was inducted into the Hobart College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, along with his brother Guy (Hobart class of 1983) and father William (athletic benefactor). He is also a member of the Geneva Sports Hall of Fame and Western New York Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Van Arsdale also was inducted into the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame on March 16, 2013.

In addition to his extensive coaching experience, Van Arsdale has served on the USILA All-American Selection Committee and the advisory committee for team selections to the NCAA Championship.

Van Arsdale was able to coach his son, Owen, an attackman for Virginia from 2011-15. Owen Van Arsdale ammassed 124 career points for the Cavaliers on his way to USILA Scholar All-America honors in 2015. Van Arsdale's wife, the former Karen Salemo, was an All-American women's lacrosse player at William Smith. His daughter, Elise, is a senior at Villanova.


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