Head Coach Tom Mudrak
It gave me great pleasure to accept the position of head coach for the men’s lacrosse club in August of 2016. After having spent the last seven years living in Atlanta, Georgia, I was ready to head west to join the incredible organization Dan had built over the last five seasons.
2017 will be my sixth year coaching lacrosse and first season as a head coach. My coaching philosophy is centered entirely on education with the belief that, at this level, learning doesn’t stop when students leave the classroom. As the head coach, it is my duty to pass on as much knowledge as I can to my players.
This is my fourth year coaching at the MCLA level, having started my collegiate coaching career in 2014 as the defensive coordinator at Reinhardt University, where I helped lead the Eagles to their first SELC Championship and MCLA National Tournament appearance. In 2015, I took the same position at Kennesaw State University, where I helped lead the Owls to their first two MCLA National Tournament appearances.
Having played NCAA and MCLA lacrosse, I cannot stress the value that the MCLA has in growing the game of lacrosse. Between the on-field competition and the off-the-field experience students can gain, I believe it is an excellent route for student-athletes, who want to continue their lacrosse career and gain advantages after graduation.
Assistant Coach Daniel Riecks
2015 will be my fourth year as head coach for Fort Lewis College Men’s Lacrosse Club. Each year has been a unique experience, with two losses in the RMLC Championship Game, a winning record in every season, and the chance to work with a great group of young men. As always, our goal this season is to make the MCLA National Championship Tournament.
I enjoy running almost every aspect of the program, including the website, but I truly enjoy the ownership that players have in this club team. It is the players that make Fort Lax great, I am just happy to provide the direction they need to accomplish their goals.
I graduated in December 2010 from Fort Lewis College with a degree in Secondary English Education. I currently work with at-risk youth at Durango High School here in Durango, CO, where I also serve as an assistant coach for the high school lacrosse team. I have been active in coaching the Durango Youth Lacrosse programs for the past four years and look forward to continuing to develop strong relationships with our local youth teams.
I was honored to have the opportunity to play four seasons for FLC from 2007-2010 and be part of one of the most successful periods in Fort Lax history under coaches John Robinette and Zane Bilgrav. I was elected team captain from 2008-10, was All-RMLC all four seasons, selected as an MCLA All-American for Division II in 2007-09, and voted as RMLC DII Offensive Player of the Year for the 2009 season. That season I played every position but goalie on a regular basis. I also received Academic All-American honors for the 2007-08 seasons. I am most proud of the fact that the FLC teams I was a part of qualified for playoffs every season, and went to the MCLA National Championships in 2007 and 2008.
I started playing lacrosse as a freshman in 1998 at Columbine High School. I attended Colorado College after graduation, but played only one season before leaving CC to pursue other interests. I got offered a chance to be an assistant coach at my alma mater, Columbine, where I coached under head coaches Steve Bailey and Eric Friesen from 2003-2006. While there, I directed the JV and Level III teams to winning records in every season. It was my players at CHS who convinced me to return to college and finish my own college lacrosse career. Many of those players have gone on to play, and excel, in college lacrosse programs around the state.
I believe in the Native American history of lacrosse as a ritual of healing. If we respect the game, play to honor and help those in need, then we honor ourselves regardless of the final score. Who do you play for?