Staff
Head Coach/Director
Richard Carrington

Richard Carrington was named Tusculum University's first Director of Lacrosse in December 2012.

Carrington led the Pioneers to its best season in school history in 2017 as the Black and Orange posted an 11-4 record and finished runner-up in the South Atlantic Conference. Additionally, the 2017 Pioneers climbed as high as 18th in the USILA/Nike D2 Coaches Poll and ranked in 10 team statistical categories. The team’s 8.93 assists per game earned the 2017 NCAA Division II National Statistical Championship.

Tusculum was one of six new NCAA Division II men’s lacrosse programs in 2014. Carrington led the Pioneers to a 5-8 overall record in the program's inaugural season. Those five wins were the highest victory total for any first-year NCAA Division II men’s lacrosse team in 2014.

During Carrington’s tenure at Tusculum, he’s mentored seven All-SAC honorees. Mitch Chapman was a three-time All-SAC defender, while cousins Nate and Dallas Wade have garnered All-SAC accolades twice during their career. Kevin Haggerty, Ben Boyd, Ross Parsons and Keegan Bell were also named All-SAC performers during their careers.

Carrington came to Tusculum after serving the 2011-2012 campaign on the coaching staff at NCAA Division I Virginia Military Institute. While at the Lexington, Virginia school, Carrington helped to institute a revamped Keydet defense that allowed the fewest goals in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play since 2009. The defense was crucial in several contests in holding opponents under 10 goals in three of the last four games, and helping VMI win those three games. One of his defense’s shining moments of 2012 came in a 6-2 setback against 16th-ranked Lehigh, which went on to a No. 7 ranking and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

The Charlottesville, Virginia native also directed VMI’s man-down unit, which killed off 70.8 percent of the Keydets’ penalties and finished the season ranked 19th in the country. The leap to 70.8 percent on the man-down was a 20-point jump from 2011, where VMI finished last in the country in that category.

Prior to VMI, Carrington served as the head men's lacrosse coach at NCAA Division III Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania and NCAA Division II Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Carrington founded the men’s lacrosse program at Chestnut Hill and was responsible for recruiting the 37-member inaugural class representing 10 different states and Canadian provinces.

Carrington has also had assistant coaching stints at his alma mater Mars Hill University and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. In 2008, Carrington helped Mars Hill to the program's first conference championship.

Carrington earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mars Hill in 2003. As an undergraduate he competed as a four-year defensive starter for the Lions and graduated as Mars Hill's career ground ball leader (268).

Assistant Coach
Chris Roach

Chris Roach joined the Tusculum University Men's Lacrosse staff in August 2018.

Roach, a native of Boxford, Massachusetts, came to Tusculum from his alma mater, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), where he served as a defensive assistant during the 2018 season. SNHU featured one of the youngest defensive units in the Northest-10 Conference during the 2018 season, but under Roach’s tutelage, the unit yielded one Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team selection and one New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division II All-New England Team selection.

As a collegiate student-athlete, the former Penman graduated with a degree in sport management in 2014. Roach was a four-year starter on the lacrosse team as well as a captain during his senior year. During his freshman campaign, Roach was named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team. He received another honor during his senior year as he was selected to the NEILA Division II All-New England First Team as a long stick midfielder. Roach finished his collegiate career with two goals, three assists, 69 caused turnovers and 133 groundballs, which was good for fifth all-time in program history.

Prior to returning to SNHU to coach, Roach served as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at NCAA Division III Regis University, located in Weston, Massachusetts. While at Regis, Roach helped the Pride to New England Collegiate Conference Championships in 2016 and 2017. That stint also produced one conference player of the year, seven all-conference performers, and the 2016 NCAA Division III Save Percentage Statistical Championship. Roach earned a Master of Science degree in organizational and professional communication from Regis in 2017.