Daily Archives: September 25, 2008

Mario Waibel Named UC Santa Barbara Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach

Gauchos Announce New Head Coach

The UCSB Men’s Lacrosse team is pleased to announce that Mario Waibel will be the new head coach for the 2008-09 season. Coach Waibel has over 18 years of playing and coaching experience. He is a proven leader with an accomplished history of building winning programs.

Coach Waibel graduated from Washington State University in 1995 as a two year captain. Following college, he moved to California where he played for a number of post-collegiate club teams.

His recent coaching experience includes Head Coaching positions for the Starz LC Elite and West Coast Starz Elite programs in the Los Angeles area. He was named the 2004 Starz LC Coach of the Year, an honor spanning 35 teams in six states.

Over the past two seasons, Coach Waibel took over the reigns at Newbury Park (CA) High School (0-12 record in the prior year) and led them to a third place finish in the state. For this effort, he won the 2007 US Lacrosse Coach of the Year for the West Coast Region Secondary Schools.

While the Gauchos are excited to welcome Coach Waibel to the program, we are sad to see Coach Mike Allan leave after a successful five year stint. Coach Allan has accepted the Offensive Coordinator position at Towson University in Baltimore, MD.

During his time with the Gauchos, Coach Allan guided the team to two MCLA National Championships and three WCLL Championships. He firmly secured the UCSB program as a perennial national powerhouse, and paved the way for many successful years to come. We wish Coach Allan the best of luck at Towson.    


Lacrosse “Student-Athlete” Profile: Lauren Taylor, Yale ’08


Lauren Taylor joined the Yale coaching staff in the Fall of 2008. She is one of the most decorated women’s lacrosse players in Yale history, having earned three All-America selections while leading the Bulldogs to a 43-22 record and one NCAA Tournament appearance over the past four seasons.

“I have come to know Lauren over the last few months and am excited to have her join this talented coaching staff,” said Anne Phillips, Yale’s Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse. “I am looking forward to having her share her skill and tremendous knowledge of the game with a new generation of Yalies. She knows exactly what it is takes to succeed as a student-athlete at Yale. Her new role as coach will allow her to continue to contribute to the proud tradition of the Yale Women’s Lacrosse program.”

Taylor finished her career with 198 goals and 246 points, placing second to Tracy Ball ’81 on Yale’s all-time lists in both categories. She received the Nellie Elliot Award as the top senior female student-athlete at Yale last spring.

Taylor was a first team All-Ivy League selection for the fourth straight year in 2008, becoming just the fourth player in league history to accomplish that feat. She won the Barbara Bowditch Award as Yale’s team MVP for the second straight time, leading the Bulldogs with 41 goals and 59 points. This was the fourth straight season she has led Yale in both of those categories.

Taylor, who was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District for the second time this year, received her B.A. in history of science/history of medicine this past spring. She is part of a unique five-year academic program at Yale and will receive a Masters degree in public health from Yale in 2009.

Prior to Yale Taylor attended Manhasset High School.

Playing Career

2008: Recipient of Nellie Elliot Award as Yale’s top senior female student-athlete … Received third IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-America selection (second team) … Second team WomensLacrosse.com All-American … ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I first team … Academic All-Ivy League … Tewaaraton Trophy watch list … IWLCA All-Northeast Region first team for the third time … Unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection, becoming fourth player in league history and second in Yale history to be named first team All-Ivy four times … Won second straight Bowditch Award as Yale’s most valuable player … Finished career second to Tracy Ball ’81 on Yale’s career goals list (198) and career points list (246) … Led team in goals (41) and points (59) for the fourth straight season.

2007: Tewaaraton Trophy nominee … ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I second team … IWLCA Academic Honor Roll … Named All-American by three different organizations, including first team IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-American … IWLCA All-Northeast Region for the second time … Ivy League Player of the Year, Yale’s first Ivy Player of the Year in the award’s 27-year history… Unanimous First Team All-Ivy … Lead country in goals per game (65 in 17 games, 3.82 per game) … Third Team Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American … Sixth in country and first in Ivy League in points per game (77 in 16 games, 4.81 per game) … Had 24-game point scoring streak and 16-game goal-scoring streak in progress at end of season … First Yale player to break 70 points in a season in 27 years … 61 goals place her third on Yale’s single-season record list, and 77 points place her fifth … Four-time Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week selection … womenslacrosse.com National Player of the Week Mar. 26 … Scored game-winning goals against both Dartmouth and Princeton, helping Yale beat those two teams in the same season for the first time in 16 years … Game-winner against Princeton came with 10.4 seconds left, giving Yale a 6-5 victory … Had seven game-winners overall … 16 assists doubles her previous career high … Had four ground balls twice, at Fairfield and vs. BC … Had three caused turnovers twice, vs. BC and at Fairfield … Had five draw controls vs. Dartmouth … Had three assists twice, at Fairfield and vs. Cornell … Had four or more points in a game 11 times, including each of the first four games of the season … Improved conditioning enabled her to move from attack to midfield.

2006: Second team IWLCA All-Northeast Region … First team All-Ivy … Led the Ivy League in goals with 45 and had a Yale-best 53 points … Scored five or more goals in a game three times, including an 8-point (7 goals, 1 assist) effort in Yale’s 15-8 win over New Hampshire … Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week Mar. 13 … womenslacrosse.com Honor Roll Mar. 20 … Third team preseason All-American.

2005: Third team IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-American … First team IWLCA/USLacrosse North All-Region … First team All-Ivy … Led team in points with 53 (47 goals, six assists) …… Was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week on April 4 after she picked up 10 points in two games against Fairfield and Harvard … At Brown on April 20 had six tallies and scooped up four ground balls … selected for the 2005-06 U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Developmental Team.

Academics: History of science/history of medicine major … One of seven students selected to be part of a five-year academic program in public health, taking graduate-level courses starting her junior year … After getting her B.A. in 2008, she will receive a Masters degree in public health from Yale in 2009 … Was selected for Yale’s Directed Studies program, a one-year honors program in history, literature and political science, as a freshman.

Community Involvement: Will work for Boundless Playgrounds, the first national nonprofit dedicated to helping communities create barrier-free playgrounds where children with and without disabilities can play together, in Summer 2008 … Based in Bloomfield, Conn., company was founded by former Yale football captain Fred Leone ’82 … Selected as a freshman counselor for her residential college, Silliman, in her senior year … Counselors are responsible for easing the transition of incoming freshmen to the academic, social and cultural life of Yale College … Has also served as a Yale Female Athlete Mentor and has been a member of the student focus group for Yale’s Women’s Intercollegiate Sports Endowment and Resource (WISER) … One of 34 students selected for the Yale Alumni Community Service Fellowship in Summer 2007 … As part of that program, spent the summer of 2007 running the Ford Fellowship Program at the 92nd Street Y (a cultural center) in New York City … Ford Fellowship Program was designed with the goal of enhancing efforts of emerging leaders in communities throughout the world … Worked for the Red Cross in New York City in Summer 2005 … Revived the organization’s children’s programs, which had been cut because of funding redistribution after Sept. 11 … Spoke with more than 1,000 children about health issues and created an instructional handbook on how to start similar programs.

Before Yale: Enjoyed three dominant years in New York scholastic athletics … Earned all-state recognition in field hockey twice and was a lacrosse All-American in 2004 … As a senior, captained her team to a Long Island championship and was the leading scorer and assister in Long Island … In 2003, helped Manhasset to a state championship.

2005 16 16 47 6 53 17 6 27 6
2006 16 16 45 8 53 21 22 33 12
2007 17 17 65 16 81 29 43 42 23
2008 16 16 41 18 59 23 19 31 19
Career 65 65 198 48 246 90 90 133 60

Spending By Colleges On Lacrosse Increases While Other Sports Decline

“While tennis, gymnastics and wrestling participation have waned, lacrosse and soccer have increased in recent years for both genders.”



NEW YORK (AP) — College sports spending at Division I schools has increased 7 percent annually since the mid-1990s, an amount that has limited the expansion opportunities for sports other than football and basketball.

The findings were detailed in the report “Who’s Playing College Sports? Money, Race and Gender” by professor John Cheslock of the University of Arizona and released by the Women’s Sports Foundation on Wednesday.

The report indicated the 7 percent annual growth from 1995 to 2005 increased spending by $8.2 million per school over that period, with football outlays increasing by approximately $2.5 million per team and women’s sports other than basketball rising by only $135,000 per team.

“Athletic expenditures are increasing at a rate that complicates any efforts to increase or even maintain athletic participation opportunities,” said Cheslock, who studied 625 schools from 1995 to 2004, with Division II and III schools also posting a growth rate near 7 percent.

The report also indicated data from the NCAA and Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act shows men’s participation increased 6 percent in all divisions between 1995 and 2005 and women’s participation increased 20 percent.

Cheslock argued that universities have responded to Title IX by increasing women’s participation in sports rather than decreasing men’s participation.

He noted that from 1992 to 2001, the period when Title IX was most vigorously enforced, women’s participation increased annually by 4.5 percent and men’s participation increased by 0.3 percent in all divisions. From 2001 to 2005, the increases were 2.5 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively.

“You see increases in participation growth for women but you don’t see substantial changes for men,” Cheslock said. “That’s why I claim the evidence suggests that most schools have responded to the increased enforcement of Title IX by stepping up their women’s participation rather than drastically reducing their men’s participation.”

To comply with Title IX, a school can show proportionality of female athletes to female students on campus; or a history of increasing sports for women; or prove it has met the interest and ability of the underrepresented group.

Cheslock noted that the number of wrestling teams fell by 36 between 1985 and 1988, one of the largest three-year declines, when athletic programs were exempt from Title IX.

While tennis, gymnastics and wrestling participation have waned, lacrosse and soccer have increased in recent years for both genders.

The report suggests trends in sports participation involve a number of factors, including enrollment strategies that consider academics and diversity.

“Athletic directors and college presidents will be more likely to sponsor sports whose high school participation numbers are increasing,” Cheslock said, “sports with low injury rates which result in lower health care and insurance costs, and sports that do not require the school to rely heavily on international athletes in order to remain competitive.”

Dr. Marj Snyder, chief planning and program officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation, said fiscal responsibility from athletic directors is key to providing balanced opportunities.

“(Title IX) has become sort of an easy whipping boy,” Snyder said. “It’s a lot easier to blame Title IX than it is to tell your football and men’s basketball coach to do a little cost control.

“We would be much better served if we could figure out for the wrestlers and baseball players and men’s gymnastics to work together with women to apply greater pressure on the system so that we don’t have escalating costs like we do at this 7 percent annual rate, which is completely unsustainable.”

The greatest gains in racial diversity occurred in the years following the passage of Title IX in 1972, according to the report. Nearly 68 percent of black female athletes participate in basketball and track and field, with those numbers unchanged from 1999 to 2006.

Snyder suggests encouraging grass roots participation in a variety of sports and adding sports that already include diverse groups.

The Women’s Sports Foundation also recommended better enforcement of Title IX by the Office of Civil Rights and rescinding of the March 2005 clarification policy that puts the burden of proving interest in sports on female students.

Snyder called for the NCAA to enlist certification and self-evaluation requirements so schools can be monitored for Title IX compliance.

“There should be some penalty, like not being able to compete in tournaments,” she said.

Congress should grant the NCAA a limited antitrust exemption to restrain athletic spending, Snyder said.

“The NCAA currently would not have the ability to enforce a lot of requirements that would restrict growth,” she said. “They just don’t have the authority to do it. We need Congress to step in and give them a little bit of that authority.”

Cheslock said when he read transcripts of governmental hearings on Title IX during his research, there was a recurring theme.

“Everyone just spends all their time arguing, ‘How has participation changed?'” he said. “Countless time has been spent debating this question. To me, as an academic, the data are clear on this issue.

“Let’s move past this issue and figure out what else to do about intercollegiate athletics.”