Lees-McRae College's Vice President of Athletics and Club Sports Craig McPhail announced the hiring of Brad Dunn as the school's next Head Men's Lacrosse Coach on September 7, 2017. Dunn, who is a graduate of Lees-McRae, played lacrosse for the Bobcats from 2002-2006.
"I want to thank Craig McPhail for the opportunity to come back to Banner Elk," said Dunn. "I love Lees-McRae especially Bobcat Lacrosse. I am looking forward to recruiting young men and their families to Banner Elk, and retaining them through passion for the school and team."
Dunn spent the past two years as the Head Coach of the Coastal Carolina club lacrosse program. In his first season as a Chanticleer, Dunn led the team to a Southeast Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Northeast Region Title and a trip to the SELC playoffs. The 2017 program also placed eight players on the All-SELC team under Dunn's tutelage. The Chant offense averaged just under 10 goals per game (9.88) more than doubling that average from the previous year.
Prior to arriving at Coastal Carolina, Dunn had a four-year stint as the Head Lacrosse Coach at Hidden Valley High School. During his tenure as the Head Coach at Hidden Valley, Dunn led the program to two consecutive Virginia High School Club Lacrosse State Tournaments (2014, 2015). Dunn worked with the Board of Directors to earn the program's Virginia High School League (VHSL) membership. In Hidden Valley's first year in VHSL competition, the Titans qualified for the 4A South Regional Tournament. Dunn developed multiple All-District players in his time at Hidden Valley as well.
"Brad set out on this path almost a decade ago and to be able to provide him the opportunity to come back to his alma mater to lead our men's lacrosse program means a lot to me, but also for our alumni, young men and potential recruits," McPhail said. "Brad is a man of character, a father, a husband and loyal to Lees-McRae. He can identify and associate with most everyone on our campus and community to help further raise the level of our program."
Dunn currently resides in Conway, S.C. with his wife of 12 years, Kayleigh and their three sons, Arch (7), Miller (4), and Banner (2).
Former Lees-McRae men’s lacrosse player Dustin Barrow was named the program’s new assistant coach on August 23, 2017. 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.