FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011
Jacob Baxter named men’s lacrosse assistant coach
Jacob Baxter has been named an assistant coach for the JU men’s lacrosse team, head coach Guy Van Arsdale announced on Friday.

Baxter comes to Jacksonville after serving as an assistant coach for the Queens University of Charlotte men’s lacrosse team for two seasons (2010-11). During his tenure, Baxter helped coach the Royals to the program’s first-ever top-10 finish in 2010 and was a finalist for the Division II “Assistant Coach of the Year” award.

“We are pleased and excited to have Jake join us at Jacksonville University,” Van Arsdale said. “Jake is a very good teacher with an excellent background on the defensive end of the field. He is also a tireless recruiter and we look forward to the impact he will have on our program.”

Baxter served under Jim Fritz, who won the 2010 Conference Carolina “Coach of the Year” award. Together, the duo led the Royals to the school’s best-ever regular season record with a 9-4 ledger that culminated with a second-place showing in the NCAA Tournament regional.

While at Queens University of Charlotte, Baxter served as the defensive coordinator who was responsible for the team’s strength and conditioning as well as orchestrating practices and editing game film. Under his tutelage, numerous Royals earned prestigious awards, including one Defensive All-America selection, a Defensive Academic All-America pick, two defensive first-team all-conference players and three defensive second-team all-conference selection.

Besides his coaching duties, Baxter also was as the junior-class recruiting coordinator while generating scouting reports on all Royals opponents.

“Jake did a great job in the time he was here,” Fritz said. “He had a big impact on our program, not only on the field, but in how we did things. Often times this job is a springboard for a young coaches’ career and I knew it was a matter of time before someone would be looking to give him that opportunity.

“While I hate to lose him, I think this is a great opportunity for him. Jake will be the fifth former assistant of mine to move into a Division I job, and I feel he will have the same success that the others have had.”

Before starting his coaching career, Baxter was standout player. He was a four-year defender at the University of Maryland, playing on the ACC-champion Terps squad in 2005. He also earned the Jack Faber-Al Heagy Award for determination, will-to-win, pride and accomplishment.

Baxter earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in criminology and criminal justice in 2008.

- By Brian Bohl