Guy Van Arsdale
Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach
After spending the last 15 years as a head coach, Guy Van Arsdale is in his first season as an assistant coach at Notre Dame. Van Arsdale, formerly the coach of Major League Lacrosse[apos]s (MLL) Rochester Rattlers for three years after a 12-year stint guiding the Rochester Institute of Technology program, replaced the departed Dave Campbell, who was hired in July 2003 as the head coach at Connecticut College. Van Arsdale[apos]s duties include assisting with all facets of coaching, while working primary with the Irish goalkeepers.
The first coach in franchise history, Van Arsdale compiled a 19-21 (.475) record as Rattlers mentor, helping Rochester to the first-ever MLL Championship Weekend in 2001. The Rattlers barely missed out on the inaugural MLL Championship Game, falling in overtime to the eventual champion Long Island Lizards in the semifinals.
Van Arsdale, who also served as assistant general manager of the Rattlers, coached a number of lacrosse greats in MLL. His `01 team featured the top two scorers in the league, attackmen Ryan Powell (MLL MVP) and John Grant, Jr. (MLL Offensive Player of the Year).
At Rochester Institute of Technology, Van Arsdale compiled a 112-54 (.675) record, earning eight postseason appearances. The Tigers advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship on four occasions and reached the semifinals in 1999. A four-time Empire Eight Coach of the Year, Van Arsdale turned out 38 All-Americans while at RIT.
As a player, Van Arsdale was a standout goalie at Hobart, leading the Statesmen to four consecutive national championships from 1980-83. He was named the C. Markland Kelly National Goalie of the Year in each of his final three collegiate seasons, also earning USILA Division III national-player-of-the-year honors in `83. Van Arsdale still owns four Hobart goalie records — those for saves and save percentage in both a season and career.
Upon graduation, Van Arsdale became an assistant at his alma mater, before filling the same position at Massachusetts-Amherst (from 1985-88) prior to moving to RIT.
Van Arsdale worked at Rochester Institute of Technology for 15 years, serving most recently as assistant director of athletics for development. He also was an assistant coach for the Rochester Knighthawks of the indoor National Lacrosse League for the last three years.
The Geneva High School graduate was inducted into the Geneva Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, the U.S. Lacrosse Western New York Chapter Hall of Fame in `96, and the Hobart College Hall of Fame in 2001.
Van Arsdale has two children, Mya and Max, who are both in high school. He is engaged to be married to Julia Rodgers in the summer of 2004.