DANVILLE, Ky. — Dan Sharbaugh has been named men’s lacrosse coach at Centre, athletic director Brad Fields announced Monday.
Sharbaugh served as an assistant coach at Gettysburg for two years from 2013-14, helping the Bullets to a pair of appearances in the Centennial Conference playoffs. Facing one of the toughest schedules in all of Division III, he helped the Bullets put together a record of 9-7 in each of the past two years while facing 11 nationally-ranked opponents.
“I can’t begin to describe what an honor it was to work not only with such a great program, but a fantastic overall athletic department at Gettysburg College,” Sharbaugh said. “The opportunity to learn from so many knowledgeable coaches and support staff has truly molded me into a better coach and person than when I arrived. I wish nothing but the best for the programs and people at Gettysburg College.”
As an offensive coach, Sharbaugh helped the Bullets finish third in the Centennial Conference in scoring (10.62 goals per game) in 2013 and second (11.62 gpg) in 2014. He also helped coach two All-Americans who earned a combined four All-America honors and nine Bullets who captured a total of 13 All-Centennial Conference certificates. In addition, he has coached a pair of Centennial Conference rookies of the year.
Prior to his stint at Gettysburg, Sharbaugh also served as an assistant at both York (Pa.) College and his alma mater, Eastern.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dan Sharbaugh to the Centre family as our new head men’s lacrosse coach,” Fields said. “Dan has a great lacrosse pedigree, both as a standout Division III player as well as having coached now at three different Division III institutions. York and Gettysburg are two top-25 programs, and while at Eastern — as a player and a coach — Dan helped lay the foundation for a young program to blossom into the conference power it is today.
“Even more important than his pedigree is who Dan is as a person,” Fields said. “Dan is of the highest character and will take seriously his role of mentoring the young men that come through the Centre lacrosse program, which makes him a great fit for Centre College.”
At Centre, Sharbaugh inherits a team that is coming off a 13-4 season and earned a “Pool B” bid in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Colonels finished 6-1 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA), which also includes Berry, Birmingham Southern, Hendrix, Millsaps, Oglethorpe, Rhodes and Sewanee. Centre will return four All-SAA selections from last season.
Sharbaugh is the fifth Gettysburg assistant men’s lacrosse coach to be named as a head coach in the past five years. Tommy Pearce became the head coach at Frostburg State in 2010 before Justin Domingos, a current assistant at Boston University, took over at Colby in 2011. Eric Seideman was named coach at Mount St. Mary in 2012 before Doug Sage took over at Scranton one year later.