St. Bonaventure and Lafayette Add to Staff, Another Dane Train Hops

(Photo Credit: Hilbert College Athletics)

St. Bonaventure has had a busy summer so far as they have joined the MAAC and Signed with Adidas over the past few weeks. Coach Randy Mearns has now rounded out his staff before he heads over to Israel to coach Team Canada.

The Bonnies' have announced that Rick Schurnke will join the men's lacrosse staff as an assistant coach. St. Bonaventure will begin play in 2019 and Schurnke is a great addition to the staff as he has a history of building programs.

Prior to his arrival in Allegany, NY Schurnke was the head coach at DIII Hilbert College, a position he held for seven years. He was the first coach in Hibert lacrosse history. Over his even year tenure Schurnke was able to build Hilbert into a top-tier program in the NEAC. During his time at Hilbert Schurnke compiled a 53-43 record.

Before taking on the head coaching position at Hilbert, Schurnke was the coach at Frontier (NY) High School from 2002-2009. He got his start as a head coach at the high school level with West Seneca (NY) HS. Schurnke played in college at Canisius and Gannon College.

St. Bonaventure Head Coach Randy Mearns Said, "Rick is a great hire for our program. He was instrumental in building the Hilbert program over the last several years, developing their program from its infancy. He knows how to build a program and that will be huge for us as we get into our first season and beyond."

Lafayette head coach Pat Myers continues to add to his first staff at Lafayette as he announced earlier this week the addition of Jud Hall as assistant coach.

Hall was an assistant coach at Colgate for three seasons where he was the defensive coordinator and goalies coach. During his tenure at Colgate the Raiders made it to the Patriot League quarterfinals in 2018. Prior to his coaching duties at Colgate Hall was a volunteer assistant at Ohio State where he was responsible for goalies, man down, running the box, and scouting offense. Hall played in college at DIII Ohio Wesleyan.

Lafayette head coach Pat Myers said, “I’m thrilled to welcome Jud Hall to the Lafayette lacrosse family. His Patriot League experience, coupled with his time at Ohio State, will prove invaluable as he assists with all aspects of our program. Jud is a proven recruiter and evaluator of talent, is relentless in his attention to detail when it comes to coordinating the defensive side of the ball and, most importantly, is a good person. I’m excited for Coach Hall to join Coach Bieda and me in the revitalization of our program.”

The Dane train has another train hopper as Junior faceoff specialist Zack Ornstein has announced that he will be transferring and finishing his career at Villanova. Ornstein saw a lot of playing time Albany his freshman season but his time dropped in following seasons. During the 2016 season Ornstein went 190-342, 55.6%, at the facoff dot as he was the Dane's primary FOGO. In 2017 he would appear in 10 games as he went 26-53, 49.1%. Ornstein did not appear on the roster for the Danes in 2018. This is a very good pickup for Villanova as Ornstein should be able to compete for that staring spot.