BANNER ELK, N.C. – Former Lees-McRae men's lacrosse player Dustin Barrow has been named the program's new assistant coach Vice President of Athletics and Club Sports Craig McPhail announced Wednesday afternoon. Barrow, a 2016 graduate from Lees-McRae, played in 54 games for the Bobcats from 2013-2016 and scored three goals, tallied three assists and won 183 face-offs.
"I am extremely thankful to Lees-McRae and Craig McPhail for giving me this opportunity to come back home to continue to bring success to the men's lacrosse program," said Barrow. "My time at Lees-McRae were the best years of my life and I am excited to bring a new culture that will propel Lees-McRae from out of the shadows and into the light! This is a special place to be, we are a family and we support one another in order to be successful."
"I am happy to have Dustin back in this role," said McPhail. "His personality and desire to be a collegiate coach was easily identified in our conversations. Along with his love for his alma mater I am excited to have him in our athletic department."
Prior to this appointment, Barrow held a pair of different positions in relation to lacrosse. First, Barrow was the Director of True Lacrosse Ohio in Columbus. The program is one of the nation's largest year-round training and development company geared specifically to lacrosse. During his tenure he not only coached in the program but he also took part in sales, marketing, planning, training, mentoring and other day-to-day operations.
While with the program in Ohio, Barrow managed 142 players in the program that consisted of seven different teams made up from high school juniors all the way down to fifth grade. By the end of his time with the program, Barrow had aided in the development of eight high school juniors who are committed to play collegiate lacrosse with two being accepted to Division I programs.
In addition to his work with True Ohio, Barrow has also served as the Director of Operations with Victory Lacrosse which is a travel team based out of Columbia, S.C. During his time in Columbia, Barrow was also the manager of an indoor sports complex where he oversaw daily operations which included organizing indoor soccer, lacrosse, flag football, indoor hockey and basketball games.