Daily Archives: September 28, 2008

Michael Allan, Former UCSB And UCLA Lacrosse Head Coach Joins Towson University Lacrosse Coaching Staff


TOWSON, Md. – Michael Allan, who has spent the last five seasons as head coach of the University of California-Santa Barbara club lacrosse team, has been named as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the Tiger men’s lacrosse team, it has been announced by Head Coach Tony Seaman.

In addition to his head coaching experience, Allan recently completed his third season as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Riptide of Major League Lacrosse. As a member of John Tucker’s staff, Allan helped the Riptide to a 22-14 record and a pair of postseason appearances. The Riptide set a team record by compiling a 9-3 record in 2007 and reached the MLL championship game.

“Michael Allan brings us a wealth of lacrosse coaching experience covering tenures as a head coach, an assistant coach at the college level in addition to his experience at the professional level,” Seaman says. “We welcome him with open arms to the Towson Lacrosse program.”

During his tenure at UCSB, Allan led the Gauchos to an 83-22 record and two MCLA/US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates national titles. The Gauchos also won three Western Collegiate Lacrosse League championships in five years.

Prior to joining the UCSB staff, Allan spent four seasons as the head coach for the UCLA club team and led the Bruins to the WCLL quarter-finals three times. The Bruins also earned their only top 25 national ranking in the program’s history in 2000 when they were ranked 16th.

A 1998 graduate of Princeton University, Allan helped the Tigers win three consecutive NCAA titles from 1996 to 1998 while posting a 43-2 record during that span.

A native of Baltimore, Allan is a graduate of Gilman School where he played for Tucker and the Greyhounds.

 

High School Boys Lacrosse Sponsorship By Schools Increases Nearly 100% Since 2001 To 1,815


Lacrosse at the high school level has grown almost 100% just since 2001. While it may still not challenge the top 10 sports in terms of sponsorship, it is continuing to expand rapidly while most other sports are not. In fact, lacrosse remains the second fastest growing sport among those that are in the top 15 in popularity. What’s number 1, you ask? Well, that sport does involve lots of contact … but it’s between balls and pins.

B O Y S – S P O N S O R S H I P
Sport Schools % Change
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 07
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Basketball 17,135 17,135 17,333 17,389 17,482 17,535 17,762 17,861 0.6% 4.2%
Track & Field (outdoor) 15,016 15,261 15,195 15,221 15,294 15,497 15,709 15,835 0.8% 5.5%
Baseball 14,791 14,924 14,988 14,984 15,161 15,290 15,458 15,720 1.7% 6.3%
Football (11-player) 13,454 13,509 13,642 13,680 13,671 13,727 13,922 13,987 0.5% 4.0%
Golf 12,812 13,031 13,120 12,921 13,152 13,267 13,541 13,647 0.8% 6.5%
Cross Country 12,245 12,456 12,574 12,649 12,727 13,110 13,354 13,485 1.0% 10.1%
Soccer 9,846 9,903 10,103 10,219 10,392 10,580 11,066 11,122 0.5% 13.0%
Wrestling 9,404 9,578 9,543 9,526 9,562 9,744 9,445 10,090 6.8% 7.3%
Tennis 9,767 9,365 9,411 9,427 9,426 9,706 9,438 9,576 1.5% -2.0%
Swimming & Diving 5,396 5,540 5,588 5,758 5,878 6,224 6,358 6,428 1.1% 19.1%
Track & Field (indoor) 2,092 2,242 2,135 2,185 2,295 2,394 2,725 3,095 13.6% 47.9%
Bowling 794 1,046 1,281 1,477 1,768 1,954 2,089 2,261 8.2% 184.8%
Volleyball 1,716 1,804 1,650 1,683 1,688 1,726 2,006 2,006 0.0% 16.9%
Lacrosse 938 992 1,107 1,156 1,334 1,395 1,588 1,815 14.3% 93.5%
Ice Hockey 1,317 1,395 1,427 1,467 1,474 1,503 1,576 1,564 -0.8% 18.8%

Data on school sponsorship and student participation are compiled annually by the National Federation of State High School Associations, and we have again created a summary of the NFHS data, which includes both data tables and graphs that present figures for the top 15 boys’ and girls’ sports from 2001 through 2008. Over that period, the number of high schools sponsoring boys’ and girls’ lacrosse increased by 93.5% and 98.1%, respectively. The number of students participating in lacrosse rose by 98.1% for boys and 88.5% for girls. For more detailed information, see the link above.

 

Note that the NFHS’s universe is limited, so there are, for example, more than 1,000 boys’ lacrosse teams and their participants that are not included in the totals. In many states, the NFHS umbrella does not include all schools. High schools in states where lacrosse is not officially sanctioned are simply not reflected in the NFHS figures.

 http://www.laxpower.com/common/ParticipationRates2008.php