New lacrosse coaches start recruiting for upcoming seasons
There is a new face in the Madonna athletic department who will lead the inaugural season for the women’s lacrosse team.
The director of athletics, Bryan Rizzo, announced the hiring of the women’s lacrosse coach Jan. 8.
“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.”
Teskey experienced success while coaching the Grand Valley women’s club team during the last four years. He compiled a record of 41-20 while coaching 17 All-American and All-League student athletes. Teskey plans to keep this success going at Madonna.
“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,” said Teskey.
This job begins immediately for Teskey as he looks to build his roster with 20-25 women.
“I’m doing a lot of recruiting right now and trying to get great student athletes that fit the vision of Madonna and that’s academics and athletics,” said Teskey.
Teskey already has one player signed and believes others will be signing soon.
“We’ve got Stephanie Mackley, a current junior at Madonna, who played goalie at Ladywood a few years ago. She was the first one to officially sign,” said Teskey. “Other than her, I have multiple verbal commitments that should be official very soon.”
Mackley is excited about the opportunity to sign on with Teskey and the women’s lacrosse team.
“It's a actually hard to believe I'll be standing in front of a net again. I never thought painted lines would mean so much to me,” said Mackley. “I can't wait to share the field with my team, practicing and playing the great sport of lacrosse.”
Mackley believes that the athletic department found the right person for the job.
“One of the first qualities I noticed about Coach Teskey was his love of the game. I think because I feel the same way about lacrosse, his enthusiasm and hope for the future resonated with me. I think he's a great fit, because he is extremely motivated to make this program a success right off the bat,” said Mackley.
Teskey believes he will have all of his pieces in place and ready to go by the fall but understands the challenges of developing a new program.
“Recruiting, budgeting, and logistics are all factors that the university and myself are working to build from the ground floor,” said Teskey. “With that being said it’s exciting to finally have new sports here at Madonna. I’m sure all the fellow new coaches would agree that it’s a rewarding challenge.”
The women’s lacrosse team will begin practices and scrimmages in fall 2016. Interested women's lacrosse student-athletes can fill out a recruit form on madonnacrusaders.com
The first season of men’s lacrosse is scheduled to begin next school year and the inaugural coach has been named.
“Coach Mike Walter is a perfect fit for Madonna men’s lacrosse,” said Rizzo. “He is passionate about the game, understands what it takes to be a student-athlete and has strong recruiting ties throughout the lacrosse community.”
Walter most recently spent time as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at NCAA Division III Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. This is one of a few lacrosse programs he helped to launch as a new sport on campus.
“I am honored and very excited to be able to start the program at Madonna University,” said Walter. “Starting a collegiate lacrosse program is something I am very comfortable doing after helping oversee a pair of start-up programs over the course of my prior two stops."
“I don’t only want to build winners here at Madonna, but good men--men who will be leaders in the classroom, in the weight room, on the field and at home,” said Walter.
Walter is in the process of developing his roster with athletes that he can mold into great members of the Madonna community.
Walter has one player signed and one verbal commitment. However, he has other guys who are ready to make the commitment.
“I have six to seven guys that are close,” said Walter.
As the next school year approaches, Walter would like to have his team take shape as soon as possible.
“The sooner the better, before summer would be the goal,” said Walter.
This team will be young as the program begins its first season but Walter still has expectations of competing right away.
“I would like to be .500 or better and stay in the top four of our conference,” said Walter.
Looking forward to the next three to five years Walter has high expectations for his team.
“My vision here is I want to win the WHAC. I want to be competitive year in and year out as well as be in contention for that national title game,” said Walter.
Walter is looking to build more than just a winning mindset in his first year.
"I don’t only want to build winners here at Madonna, but good men - men who will be leaders in the classroom, in the weight room, on the field and at home,” said Walter.
Any interested Madonna men’s lacrosse student-athletes can fill out a recruit form on madonnacrusaders.com