Wagner Names Bill McCutcheon Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach
Staten Island, NY – Wagner College has named Bill McCutcheon as its new head men's lacrosse coach, Seahawk athletic director Walt Hameline has announced. McCutcheon arrives on Grymes Hill following a five-year stint as an assistant coach at Monmouth University, where he was a member of the program's inaugural staff in 2013 and helped develop the Hawks into a consistent, respected, perennial contender in the MAAC. In just the program's fifth season in 2017, McCutcheon played a key role assisting head coach Brian Fisher in guiding the Hawks to the MAAC regular season and conference championship, as Monmouth achieved a perfect 6-0 league record and overall mark of 14-4 that year. Following an All-American playing career at New Jersey's Chatham High School, McCutcheon played one season at Johns Hopkins University before going on to become a standout on attack for three years at Towson University where he compiled 38 goals, 21 assists and 59 points in his final two seasons. As a senior at Towson, McCutcheon tied for the team lead with 23 goals and 15 assists and paced the Tigers with 38 points en route to earning Second-Team All-Conference honors. A team captain, McCutcheon won the Tiger Leadership Award, and competed in the 2009 USILA North-South Senior All-Star Game. "I'm thrilled to add Bill McCutcheon to the Wagner athletics family and am extremely confident that he will lead our men's lacrosse program to tremendous success," said Hameline. "Bill checks all the boxes as a former local high school All-American, a tremendous collegiate student-athlete, and, above all else, the work that he did in helping to building Monmouth into a respected, model program in such a short span of time." In addition to having 17 Monmouth players named to the 2017 MAAC Men's Lacrosse All-Academic Team, the Hawks achieved a number of program firsts that year, including defeating a ranked opponent with a road win at 16th-ranked Villanova to open the season. As that magical season wore on, the Hawks received votes in both national polls and rose to No. 19 in the Maverik Men's Lacrosse Division I Media Poll after winning the MAAC Tournament title. Individually, senior goalkeeper Nick Hreshko was chosen as the league's Defensive Player of the Year and was one of a program-record five Hawks to earn First-Team All-MAAC distinction. "I am incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity to be the next men's lacrosse coach at Wagner College, said McCutcheon. I would like to thank Walt Hameline and (deputy athletic director) Brendan Fahey for their support, guidance and insight throughout the hiring process and am excited to get to work with our team." "It has been a dream of mine to become a head Division I men's lacrosse coach and I can't think of a better place to have the opportunity to take the next steps in my coaching career," he added. "Wagner Lacrosse has been a program built on the foundations of hard work and a blue collar attitude, and we will continue to make strides in the right direction while also developing for the future. It is a great time to be a Seahawk! "I want to also thank the Monmouth University staff and administrators for their support and guidance throughout the years and I will look forward to competing against them on the playing field going forward." In 2018, Monmouth had four players earn All-MAAC First Team honors, headed by Bryce Wasserman, who closed his standout career with program records in goals (99), assists (50) and points (149). Following the 2018 campaign, Wasserman became the first Monmouth player to be chosen in the annual Major League Lacrosse Draft when he was selected by the Denver Outlaws in the seventh round. McCutcheon was on the sideline for the Hawks' breakout season in 2015, as Monmouth posted its first victory in program history with a 10-9 win at Rutgers in late February, and went on to earn six wins and a spot in the MAAC sem-finals in just the program's second season of existence. Before joining the Monmouth staff, McCutcheon served a three-year stint as the head varsity lacrosse coach at Millburn High School, after serving one season an assistant coach and boy's junior varsity coach at Chatham High School. A former seventh grade language arts teacher and veteran of the lacrosse club circuit, McCutcheon guided his Millburn teams to a combined 40-20 record in three seasons, including a 14-7 mark in 2013, while advancing to the state semifinals. McCutcheon led his 2012 team to a state semifinal appearance, while the 2011 squad posted a 14-5 record and qualified for the New Jersey state playoffs in his first season as head coach. In addition to being An All-American in lacrosse as a senior at Chatham, McCutcheon was a three-time all-state selection and earned all-conference honors three times. A three-sport athlete, McCutcheon also played ice hockey and football, earning all-area honors three times on the gridiron along with all-conference accolades twice. In 2009, McCutcheon earned a bachelor's of science degree in English literature from Towson in 2009. McCutcheon replaces Matt Poskay, who served seven seasons at Wagner before recently accepting the head coach position at Montclair State University.