Vinnie Lang Leaves Mercyhurst for Wittenberg

Vinnie Lang Leaves Mercyhurst for Wittenberg

Vinnie Lang Leaves Mercyhurst for Wittenberg

Vinnie Lang Leaves Mercyhurst for Wittenberg

Mercyhurst College Director of Athletics Pete Russo today announced the resignation of Vinnie Lang as head men's lacrosse coach. Lang has accepted a similar position at Wittenberg University.

Lang coached three seasons at Mercyhurst, compiling a 21-15 career record. Last year the Lakers completed their second full season of Division II lacrosse with a record of 8-3.

Lang played at Oswego State University for four seasons (1984-1988), and played for the club lacrosse program at Purdue University for four years. He earned Big Ten midfielder-of-the-year from 1992-94. His accomplishments also include second team All-Empire Lacrosse League and team MVP honors at Oswego in '88. In 1998, Lang was a starting defenseman for the German National Team at the World Games held at Baltimore, Md. In 1999, Lang was Team Germany's captain at the European Lacrosse Championships held in Manchester, England, in late July. He was voted "best defender" in the tournament and was named All-European.

He served in the Marines for nine years and reached the rank of sergeant. He spent six months in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, fighting in the Gulf War.

With Lang's departure, Russo named Chris Ryan head men's lacrosse coach. Ryan has served two seasons as an assistant coach for the Mercyhurst lacrosse program.

Two years ago Ryan was a volunteer assistant coach at Monroe Community College. Later that year he accepted a graduate assistant position with the women's program at Alfred University. While at Alfred, Ryan began work towards his master's degree in secondary education.

Ryan began in his collegiate playing career in 1993 at Monroe Community College. While at MCC, he was a two-time Academic All-American for the Tribunes and he was selected in his sophomore year to participate in the North/South Junior College All-Star game held at Johns Hopkins University.

In 1995, Ryan transferred to Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., where he was twice selected as a Second Team All Old Dominion Athletic Conference defensemen and served as team captain his senior season.

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