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Coach McCabe Named Vice-President of the USILA

Date Posted: 1/1/2017

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) announced on Thursday evening that it recently named Washington and Lee Head Coach Gene McCabe to serve as the organization's vice-president.

McCabe will serve alongside Chuck Mitrano, Commissioner of the Empire 8 Conference, who is the current president of the USILA.

"I want to thank USILA President Chuck Mitrano and the Executive Board for electing me to this position," said McCabe.  "It is an honor to represent the USILA, one of the oldest athletic associations in the country and to serve our college lacrosse institutions, coaches and student athletes." 

McCabe is in his 11th season as the head coach of the W&L men's lacrosse program.  He has led the Generals to a 119-61 (.661) overall record, two Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships and three NCAA Tournament berths.  He ranks 28th among active coaches in Division III for career wins (173-79) and is 21st in career winning percentage (.687).  McCabe can surpass Jim Stagnitta (1990-2001) as the program's all-time wins leader with 18 more victories.

W&L has compiled double-digit wins in seven of McCabe's 10 seasons to date, including a school-record 16 victories during the 2009, 2013 and 2016 seasons.  The 2009 and 2016 teams both won conference titles, while all three teams advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Prior to taking over as head coach at W&L, McCabe spent five seasons as the head coach at Hamilton College, leading the Continentals to a 54-18 (.750) overall record.  He was named the USILA Division III National Coach of the Year in 2003 after leading Hamilton to a 15-3 record and a Liberty League title.  That team also advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

McCabe is in his second stint with the Generals after serving as an assistant coach from 1998-2001.  During that three-year run, the Generals posted a 43-5 (.896) overall record and a 17-1 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference while achieving a No. 1 National Ranking in 1999 and 2001.  Additionally, W&L won two ODAC Championships and participated in the NCAA Tournament twice, advancing to the semifinals in 2000. 

McCabe graduated from Bates College in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in European history. At Bates, he lettered in both lacrosse and football.

Founded in 1885, the USILA provides awards services to every NCAA Division I, II, and III men's lacrosse program in the country. The association is entrusted to enhance and develop intercollegiate lacrosse by providing leadership, management, and services to its membership so that student-athletes, coaches, institutions, and other constituent groups will realize the maximum benefit from the sport of lacrosse.

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