Head Coach Keegan Wilkinson is Fastest in MAAC to 50 Wins

Most milestones and accomplishments happen on the field. Gannon Morrison did not record 100 points from the bench and JD Recor did not become the program’s all-time assists leader by cheering on his teammates from the sidelines, but one of the most important and impressive Marist milestones this year did come from the Tenney stadium sidelines.

Head coach Keegan Wilkinson has recorded his 50th win since joining the Marist coaching staff back in 2007. Over the 86 contents in his nine-year career, Wilkinson has helped guide the Foxes to those 50 wins and he has done so faster than any coach in MAAC conference history.

“It means a lot to me, obviously personally; I’d be lying if I said it didn’t,” said Wilkinson. “The number one reason is because a lot of hard work went into that, not only from myself but from all the players that have come through and given us everything that they’ve had and also my assistant coaches over the past five and a half years that have dedicated so much of their life to getting this team into a position where they can compete for a championship on a yearly basis and defeat teams that are nationally ranked.”

With countless hours of hard work and dedication put into the program, Wilkinson has paid his dues as an assistant coach during his first four years and now has taken over at the helm as the head coach for the past five and a half years. After leading the Red Foxes to three straight MAAC championship appearances, Wilkinson has earned quite a reputation for the program: he led Marist to its winningest season back in 2015 which also featured their first NCAA tournament win against Bryant and an appearance in the 2015 NCAA tournament for the first time in the program’s history since 2005. Wilkinson and the Foxes also found themselves ranked #20 in the nation at the end of that legendary season and have continued to be a dominant force in the lacrosse world.

Although Wilkinson has taken the time to appreciate his accomplishments and hard work, the goal for the team remains the same as it always has: beat nationally ranked teams and win championships. With the buzz over this legendary win subsiding, Wilkinson has to adjust his focus back to the lacrosse field and focus up for the Red Foxes’ game this weekend against the Monmouth Hawks.

“It is really humbling and I’m really excited about it but happy to get it out of the way,” he said.

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