Arthur Takes Helm of Lacrosse Program

BANNER ELK, N.C. - Former assistant coach and interim head coach Brendan Arthur has had the interim tag removed and been given the helm of the Lees-McRae College men's lacrosse program.

"I feel this young man possesses a tremendous skill set and feel extremely confident he can build our men's lacrosse program to an annually competitive program within our conference," Athletic Director Craig McPhail said.

Arthur spent the past two seasons as an assistant with the Bobcats under former coach Mat Edmunds as the defensive coordinator. Under his direction in 2010, the defense finished third in the conference in penalty killing minutes and first in the conference in caused turnovers.

"I'm very excited and grateful for this opportunity," Arthur said. "Coach Edmunds did a phenomenal job of attracting talented and upstanding young men to Lees-McRae, and I look forward to building on the strong foundation he laid."

"In the time Brendan has been at Lees-McRae, he has been able to see the values and goals of the college, with this I look forward to seeing a product on and off the field we can all be proud of," McPhail said.

Prior to his time with the Bobcats, Arthur was a four-year starter at Division I Robert Morris University as a long-stick midfielder. In 2007, his junior year with the Colonials, Arthur finished ranked 34th in the nation in ground balls per game. He finished his playing career with 156 ground balls, five goals and seven assists.

Arthur graduated from Robert Morris with a double major in marketing and sports management.

He has spent time working several lacrosse camps including: Big Shot Lacrosse Camp, Great Plains Lacrosse Camp and the Drew McMinn Goalie Camp.

He is the son of Bob and Kathy Arthur, who currently reside in Kansas City, Missouri.