Marquette Adds Stephen Brundage as Top Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach
May 18, 2011
Brundage, who most recently served as an assistant coach under Chris Bates at Drexel and Princeton, played four years of Division I lacrosse at Loyola University Maryland, where he was a captain and two-time All-American.
"As I thought about the individuals I wanted to consider for my top assistant position, my mind kept coming back to Stephen Brundage," said Amplo. "I have competed against Stephen since his days as a player at Loyola (Md.) and have been impressed with his growth from a standout student-athlete to one of the most respected young coaches in our sport."
"Stephen has proven to me that he is a relentless recruiter, determined teacher and a creative offensive coach," said Amplo. "His ability to evaluate, develop and mentor the young men who are part of the Marquette men's lacrosse program will serve us well, and I could not be more excited."
At Loyola (Md.), Brundage helped his squad to a 31-22 record while garnering individual honors as a two-time All-American honorable mention, tri-captain as a senior, and two-time team MVP. As a freshman, he helped the team to a 10-4 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship under then-head coach Dave Cottle. Brundage departed Loyola (Md.) with 88 career goals and 143 career points, leading the team in scoring in three seasons. He graduated in 2005 with a degree in marketing.
The Camillus, N.Y., native competed professionally with Major League Lacrosse's Chicago Machine following his career with the Greyhounds.
"I'm thrilled about this situation and cannot wait to be a part of the Marquette community," said Brundage. "I have always respected Joe and his accomplishments both when I played and coached against him. It will be nice to share a sideline with him instead of finding ways to score on his defense, which has proved to be difficult over the years.
"Joe has a real passion for coaching," Brundage added. "I think we share a lot of the same values, and I'm certainly flattered and honored to now be coaching with him. I am excited to learn from Joe, and I know I have a lot to offer this new program."
In 2007, Brundage was named the second assistant under Bates at Drexel, where his older brother Mark played. In his first season with the Dragons in 2007-08, Brundage helped coach the team to a 13-4 overall record and was ranked as high as No. 10 nationally by Inside Lacrosse before falling in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship.
Brundage then followed Bates to Princeton prior to the 2010 season, where in his first year with the Tigers, helped coach the team to an 11-5 record, highlighted by an Ivy League Tournament title and NCAA tournament berth.
While at Princeton, a program that owns six national championships since 1992, Brundage took lead of the offense and coached a number of All-Ivy League First Team selections, including midfielder Tom Schreiber in 2011 and attackman Jack McBride and midfielder Mike Chanenchuk in 2010.
As a prep, Brundage played at West Genesee High School in New York, where he was a high school All-American, two-time All-Central New York selection and finished second on the school's all-time scoring list.
Brundage joins John Orsen as the other full-time assistant men's lacrosse coach at Marquette University.
Marquette University announced it was adding varsity men's and women's lacrosse in December 2010. The school's first full season of varsity lacrosse will be 2012-13, with both the men's and women's programs set to join the BIG EAST Conference as full members beginning in 2013-14.
Photos courtesy of Michael Sonnenfeld, Princeton Athletic Communications, and Loyola University Maryland Athletic Communications.