June 4 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Thiel (Pa.) College assistant coach Tim Priskey has been selected as the new Bethany College head men’s lacrosse coach, as announced by Bethany Director of Athletics & Recreation Brian Rose on June 4th.
Priskey’s experience of working with a newer lacrosse program like Thiel, as well as his energy and lacrosse knowledge, is what took him to the top of the search, which featured better than 50 applications according to Rose.
“We are excited to have Tim usher in a new era of Bethany lacrosse,” said Rose. “His work at Thiel helped that program go from a two-win team the year before he arrived to a winning regular season record this past spring. Having played Bethany each of the last two years, he is also familiar with our players, as well as the other programs in the PAC, which should make for an easier transition period.
“In addition, we feel Tim’s experience recruiting in lacrosse hotbeds such as Maryland and Virginia, as well as up-and-coming areas such as Western Pennsylvania and Michigan, will draw large, talented classes and help build up our roster quickly,” said Rose. “We see Tim as a perfect fit for Bethany lacrosse and look forward to his guidance leading our program.”
Priskey has spent the last two seasons as the defensive coordinator and goalie coach at Thiel. In the program’s first year, the Tomcats finished 2-12 in 2011 and allowed an average of 15.7 goals per game. In Priskey’s first year on the Thiel sideline, the team won three games and this past spring, the Tomcats posted a 7-6 regular season record and dropped its goals allowed to 11.2 per game. Under Priskey’s guidance, TC also gave up just 13 goals in 68 man-down situations (19 percent).
This past year, Priskey’s defense limited six teams to eight goals or less. While the Tomcats were posting a 7-2 record during the middle portion of their schedule, TC surrendered 8.9 goals over that stretch, which included just four in a big win over Wilmington (Ohio) College to match the program record for fewest goals allowed in a game.
Prior to his time at Thiel, Priskey was the junior varsity high school coach at Regina High School in Michigan and the goalie coach at his alma mater De La Salle Collegiate in Warren, Michigan. He played collegiately at Wheeling Jesuit University, where he graduated from in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management/Marketing.
During his high school career, Priskey was the starting goalie at De LaSalle Collegiate and led the program to a regional championship and the state semifinals his junior and senior seasons while earning First Team All-Catholic and All-Region in his final year.
As he takes the reins to the Bethany program, Priskey will guide a Bison team that won four games in 2013. Although the Green and White graduated its top two point scorers, rising senior Brendan Wessells (Severna Park, Md.) will be back after finishing second on the team with 19 goals. Priskey will also be able to work with rising senior goalie C.J. Studnicky (Severna Park, Md.), who has started every game in net for the Bison since the program began in 2011 and led all of Division III this year in saves per games (20.19) and total stops (323).
“I first want to thank Brian Rose, (Bethany President) Dr. (Scott) Miller, and everyone involved in the process for this opportunity,” said Priskey “I am very excited and proud to be at a College with such a rich tradition in athletic success. Having attended a university near Bethany and practiced there myself, I know the facilities on this beautiful campus are top notch and that the Bison student-athletes have all the resources they need to reach their full potential on and off the field.”
One of Priskey’s first priorities is begin recruiting more talented student-athletes into the program. Not only is he looking for quality lacrosse players, buthe also wants to bring in the type of well-rounded student-athletes that Bethany has proudly exhibited for years, including this past season when a school-record 43 made the PAC Fall Academic Honor Roll, five were named Capital One Academic All-District, two earned Academic All-American and one received a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
“I am looking to recruit student-athletes that are motivated and have passion for academics, lacrosse, and their community,” said Priskey. “The prospective students that carry these key attributes are the student-athletes that will help build a program with a positive image on campus and throughout the community."