LEXINGTON, Va. -- During the fall non-championship season, Virginia Military Institute head lacrosse coach Brian Anken has announced the addition of two members to the program’s staff, Michael Grimm and Keith Long ’12, as well as elevating Curtis Jaques ’07 to associate head coach.
Jaques enters his fifth season on Post as an assistant and his fourth year under Anken. Grimm begins his second year with the team after serving as a volunteer with the program last season. Long will make his collegiate coaching debut after spending a year as an assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at Falls Church High School.
“I’m very excited for the continued development of our program. We had the task of replacing two very good coaches, Richard Carrington and Tony Mackin, who served VMI very well throughout their tenure and will do great things with their newest coaching opportunity at Tusculum College,” said Anken, who will begin his fourth season at the helm of the Keydet laxers. “These changes have given us the opportunity to enhance coach Grimm’s responsibilities and bring back coach Long who is a great ambassador of the VMI lacrosse program and will help provide an immediate impact to our offensive corps.”
Jaques, a 2007 graduate of the Institute with a dual degree in international studies and modern languages and culture (German), will begin his duties as the associate head coach immediately.
“Coach Jaques is one of the top young coaches in the country and I’m proud to elevate him to the position of associate head coach,” said Anken of his long-time assistant. “One of the foundations at VMI is the understanding that things must be earned to be truly appreciated. Coach Jaques has earned this opportunity through his relentless efforts both on and off the field as well as his passion and commitment to the continued development of our program.”
Jaques will continue to serve as the programs recruiting and offensive coordinator. He will work with an offense that in 2013 was slow to get going, but scored over half of its goals in the second half of the year. Not only will Jaques be the team’s offensive coordinator, but he will take control of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s second-best extra man team as the team transitions to its new conference, the Atlantic Sun. In 2013, the Keydets scored on 38.6 percent of their man-up chances, scoring 21 extra-man goals. Last season, VMI had the most extra-man goals per game in the league.
Despite graduating Russell East, the team’s top scorer in 2013, Jaques will work with up and coming talent on the team, including attackmen Mike DeBlasio and Domenick Stumpo, a junior and sophomore, respectively, as well as sophomore midfielder Gage Snowbarger. The trio combined for a quarter of the Keydets’ goal production last season.
Grimm’s duties will include working closely with the Institute’s vaunted faceoff unit as well as the offense. On game day, Grimm will run the substitution box. Last season, Grimm worked with the team’s goalies, including Matt Lindemann, who finished his career eighth all-time in saves (335) and tied for sixth in single season saves (192). As a team, VMI led the country in saves per game, averaging 15.23 stops. Grimm inherits a faceoff unit which saw Stephen Robarge ‘12 win national statistic championship in 2011 and 2012 for faceoff winning percentage and groundballs per game.
Long, a 2012 graduate of the Institute, returns to Post after coaching his high school alma mater, Falls Church, where he served as an assistant coach for the varsity team and the head coach for the junior varsity squad. He will be working with Jaques and Grimm on the offensive side of the field, specifically with the midfielders.
One of VMI’s all-time top offensive threats, Long became VMI’s 16th player in the 100-point club and is ranked 14th all-time in career points. With back-to-back 40-point seasons in 2011 and 2012, Long capped his career with 107 career points on a balanced 55 goals and 52 assists. In 2012, he led VMI in all three scoring categories with 42 points on 24 goals and 18 assists. He also led the Institute in assists as a junior with 22.
Long is ranked fifth all-time at VMI with 56 points in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games, netting 30 league goals and 26 assists. He is sixth all-time with 30 MAAC goals and fifth with 26 conference assists. In his senior season, Long became the first Keydet to be named first team All-MAAC since Tim Moran in 2010.
Following graduation, Long was taken by the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse in the Supplemental Draft. He has spent the last two seasons on the Rattlers’ practice roster.VMI opens its fall slate with the highly-anticipated alumni game this Saturday evening at Drill Field #2 on North Post. The team welcomes back nearly 30 alumni for the 5:30 p.m., following the Institute’s home football game against Robert Morris.