Local roundup: Neisler named men's lacrosse coach at Mitchell College
New London — Dylan Neisler was named head coach of the Mitchell College men's lacrosse program Wednesday, as announced in a press release from athletic director Matt Finlayson.
Neisler joins the Mariners following a two-year stint at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he served as interim head coach last season. He takes over a Mitchell program that went 4-12 last season and graduated seven seniors.
"We are pleased to announce Dylan Neisler as our head men's lacrosse coach," Finlayson said in the release. "He separated himself from a quality talent pool because he is a proven recruiter, great leader, advocate for student-athletes and a gritty competitor. We are all excited to work with Dylan."
Neisler began his time at Wooster as assistant coach and offensive coordinator but was elevated to interim head coach in February.
"I would like to thank Matt, as well as associate ADs Kim Camara-Harvey and Todd Peretz, for the opportunity to lead the men's lacrosse program at Mitchell College," Neisler said. "I cannot wait to get started building upon the foundation set in place by former players and coaches. Mitchell is a special place and I look forward to beginning my head coaching journey here."
Prior to joining Wooster, Neisler served as defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the inaugural season of men's lacrosse at SUNY New Paltz. He also spent one season as a graduate assistant at Concordia University Ann Arbor, as well as extensive time as a youth travel coach.
As a player, Neisler helped launch the men's lacrosse program at Lincoln Memorial University, a Division II institution in Harrogate, Tennessee. The four-year starter at midfield played in 59 career games and contributed 72 goals and 31 assists while posting three 20-goal seasons.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Neisler graduated from LMU with a degree in exercise science. He later earned a master's in sports and entertainment business from Concordia.
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American Legion baseball
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District 10 baseball (8-10)
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