LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University director of athletics Bryan Rizzo announced on Friday (Jan. 8) that Dan Teskey has been named head coach of the recently added women's lacrosse program. Teskey, who will begin duties at Madonna immediately, arrives on the Livonia campus after spending the past six years as an assistant and head coach of Grand Valley State University's women's lacrosse club program.
The appointment of Teskey as head coach comes less than five months after Madonna University President, Michael Grandillo, announced the expansion of Crusader athletics from 11 to 19 sports. The newly-founded women's lacrosse program joins men's lacrosse, men's and women's bowling, and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track & field. All eight programs are slated to begin Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) competition during the 2016-17 athletics season.
Teskey, head coach of Grand Valley's women's club team for the past four years, brings 18 years of lacrosse experience to the fold as a player and coach. While at the helm of Grand Valley's team, Teskey compiled an overall record of 41-20 while coaching 17 All-American and All-League student-athletes – including the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) Freshman of the Year in 2014.
The individual accolades were accompanied by sustained team success as Teskey's squads were ranked in the WCLL Top-15 in each of his four seasons as head coach. Teskey's teams also earned at least one WCLL playoff win in each season dating back to 2012.
The newly-hired head coach will look to continue building a winning model on-and-off the field at Madonna.
"I'm beyond grateful for the opportunity Madonna University has provided me," relayed Teskey in a recent interview regarding his appointment as head coach. "Growing up in the Metro Detroit area, I've always known about Madonna's excellent academics and fantastic athletics history. Succeeding in athletics, as well as academics, is tradition at Madonna and I am excited to continue that legacy with the new women's lacrosse program."
"There's great energy surrounding the new sports here at Madonna," Teskey continued. "You can feel that the university as a whole is excited about bringing lacrosse on campus. With the growth of lacrosse in recent years, I think it's a perfect time for Madonna to be adding the sport. Now it's my job to find excellent student-athletes who are going to help us shape the future of the program and compete at a conference and national level."
Teskey's excitement is shared by Rizzo as the athletics department gears up for a new era with lacrosse.
"I am pleased Coach Teskey is joining the Madonna family," said Rizzo. "Coach Teskey comes to us with a wealth of experience, including six quality years in a collegiate setting. He, along with all of our new coaches, have a unique opportunity to build and guide a program from the ground up. I am looking forward to watching the women's lacrosse program grow and thrive under Coach Teskey's leadership."
The Crusaders women's lacrosse program will aim for 25 student-athletes in year one with Teskey's recruiting efforts already underway. The team will be eligible to compete for a conference championship in year one in the WHAC – the first league in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to offer lacrosse as a conference sport. On the national level, the sport is in the "invitational" stage within the NAIA, meaning both men's and women's lacrosse are in the process to become fully sanctioned by the association and could hold a national championship as early as the 2017-18 season.
Want to be a part of the historic first team? Interested women's lacrosse student-athletes can fill out a recruit form on madonnacrusaders.com. Looking to stay connected to Madonna athletics and the newly-formed women's lacrosse program? Follow the Crusaders on twitter @MUCrusaders and @MUCrusadersWLAX.
Teskey, a Milford native, is a 2012 graduate of Grand Valley State University. He can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at 248-762-6314.
About Crusader Athletics: Madonna University currently sponsors 19 sports - baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's bowling, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, softball and volleyball. Crusader teams have been members of the WHAC since 1997 and members of the NAIA since 1987 when volleyball became the university's first varsity sport. Since joining the WHAC in 1997, Madonna University teams have won over 50 conference titles and made more 30 appearances at their respective NAIA National Championships.
About Madonna: Liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning have been the hallmarks of Madonna University since 1937. In addition to the beautiful main campus, conveniently located at Interstate 96 and Levan Road in Livonia, Madonna offers academic programs in Gaylord, Macomb, Southwest Detroit, and online in China, the United Arab Emirates and Haiti. Michigan's most affordable, independent, Catholic, liberal arts university, Madonna offers more than 100 undergraduate and 30-plus graduate programs in the colleges of arts and humanities, science and mathematics, social sciences, education, and nursing and health, as well as the School of Business and the Graduate School.