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Richie Meade named head U.S. lacrosse coach

Furman University has announced that U.S. men’s national senior team coach Richie Meade will be the school’s first men’s head lacrosse coach.  The announcement was made over the weekend by athletic director Gary Clark and president Rod Smolla at a press conference at Gillette Stadium, site of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

“My family and I are very excited with the opportunity to join the Furman community,” Meade said.   “I am grateful to President Smolla and Gary Clark for their faith and trust in me.  We will build our program with integrity, substance, and toughness.  Our goal will be to compete with passion, skill and honor, and to graduate individuals who will make a difference in the world and reflect the values of a great American university.”

Meade was named head coach of the U.S. men’s national senior team by US Lacrosse in December. He is the 12th head coach in the history of the men’s senior team program, and he will lead Team USA in its title defense at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Denver, Colo., July 10-19.

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