Wolverines Announce Coaching Change in Men's Lacrosse

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Michigan Sports Information) - Warde Manuel, the University of Michigan's Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics, announced Tuesday that men's lacrosse head coach John Paul will not return to the program next season.

"We are extremely grateful to John for his personal and professional investment in helping to build the varsity lacrosse program," said Manuel. "John has invested over two decades in the growth of lacrosse at the University of Michigan and we owe a debt of gratitude to John for getting the men's lacrosse team to this point. Building a program is no easy task and, through his efforts, we are in position to take another step competitively on the national level."

Michigan lacrosse will move into the new South Competition and Performance complex in 2018 with a dedicated lacrosse facility that will seat 2,000 spectators and include comprehensive sport performance and locker room facilities.

Michigan recently finished the 2017 season with an 8-6 overall record, 0-5 in Big Ten Conference play. The eight wins marked a program high in its sixth season as a varsity team.

Paul guided Michigan lacrosse from club level to varsity in 2012, posting a six-year varsity record of 23-61 (.274), including a 2-24 (.077) mark in conference play.

A 1994 graduate of U-M, Paul previously coached the Wolverine's club lacrosse team for 14 seasons. He also worked in the athletic development office for five years.

A national search will begin immediately.