Lockard accepts job at Albright College
NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College men's lacrosse head coach Jamie Lockard has resigned from his position in order to accept an identical position at Albright College, which is located in Reading, Pa.
"I want to thank Jamie Lockard for his service as our men's lacrosse coach these past four years. Our men's lacrosse program is in a significantly better place now than when he took over in 2011 as Jamie helped to stabilize our roster, add depth and a consistent presence for our team and alumni of the program," said Wheaton College Director of Athletics and Recreation John Sutyak '00. "We wish him luck as he returns home to eastern Pennsylvania at Albright College."
In his first season at the helm (2012), Lockard guided the Lyons to a program best 11-5 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the Pilgrim League. Wheaton earned its way to the Pilgrim League Tournament finals for the first time since 2010 before falling to Springfield College. For his efforts, Lockard was named the Pilgrim League Coach of the Year.
As a team, the Lyons earned six selections to the Pilgrim League All-Conference team including Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors. Wheaton also placed five student-athletes on the Pilgrim League All-Academic team.
This past season, Lockard led Wheaton to the second-most wins in program history with a 10-7 overall record en route to an appearance in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament semifinals. The Lyons also boasted a pair of All-Conference and Academic All-Conference selections in 2015. Offensively as a team, Wheaton registered the third-most goals and third-highest assists totals in program history.
"Wheaton College is an excellent institution that has a strong commitment to athletics," said Lockard. "I would like to thank John Sutyak, the Wheaton College community, our alums and most of all the student-athletes that made my experience so enjoyable over the last four years."
Lockard leaves the program as the second-winningest head coach with 33 victories to his credit in just four years (.532 winning percentage). Lockard guided the Blue and White to the playoffs three times, coached 18 All-Conference student-athletes, and 13 Academic All-Conference student-athletes during his tenure.
Lockard will take over an Albright College program that will embark on its fifth year of existence this coming spring. Last season, the Lions finished their campaign with a 13-4 record and made their fourth straight appearance in the Commonwealth Coast Tournament (CCT) before falling to Messiah College, 7-6, on the road.
Overall in his nine-year coaching career, Lockard is 91-64 overall (.587 winning percentage). Prior to Wheaton, Lockard posted a 58-35 record as the head coach at Widener University leading the Pride to 58 wins, four NCAA Tournament appearances and four Middle Athletic Conference (MAC) Tournament titles. Lockard, the 2010 MAC Coach of the Year, is one of only two coaches in the history of Widener athletics to lead a team to the NCAA Tournament in his first two years as a head coach.
Current Wheaton assistant head coach Matt Colombini will take over as the interim head coach while a national search to fill the position is conducted.