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Aggies Find New Coach In Former Player

After taking Utah State Lacrosse from a D-II also-ran to RMLC champs, elevating the program to never-before-seen heights, head coach Jon Atwood decided to pass the torch. But the Aggies didn’t have to look far to find a qualified replacement.
Enter former USU star Kevin Mann. Before playing for the Aggies, Kevin grew up in Centerville and first picked up a lacrosse stick in sixth grade. He ended up making Viewmont’s varsity squad his freshman year and started at midfield for three years under coach Chase Nye. After graduating, Mann played at USU under Coach Atwood and was a valuable part of the transformation of the Aggie program.  Mann cut his coaching teeth by helping out at Viewmont and Sky View high schools. In his own words, Coach Mann explains “I’ve basically lived and breathed lacrosse for over 15 years.”

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Since taking the helm, Mann has already had his Aggies up against some stiff competition in fall ball, taking on Utah Valley University, Boise State, and the College of Idaho. “We have a lot of talented new freshmen along with a good group of returning players…our new guys got a taste of college lacrosse and what it takes to play in the MCLA. Our record this fall is 1-2, but we hope to improve that when we play Utah and BYU on the 24th [at the Utah College Lacrosse Fall Jamboree].”
USU will need to get used to playing teams like UVU, BYU, and Utah as they’re moving back up to Division-I of the MCLA this coming spring. This also means that for the first time both Colorado and Colorado State will be making their way to Logan, giving the Aggies an exciting home schedule. “Our goal as always is to come up with the necessary wins to make the RMLC conference playoffs and see if we can’t find our way to the national tournament. Last year in D-II was an awesome experience for our returning players to get a taste of what it is like to go to the national tournament so we definitely have the itch again this year. I feel like we have the raw talent to win some big games.”
What does Coach Mann want the lacrosse community to know about his Aggie lacrosse? “It’s been a huge part of my life and I have loved every minute of it. We have a great coaching staff with former college players who know the game and what it takes to win and compete at this level.”
To find out more about USU Lacrosse, or if you’re a prospective player, visit usulacrosse.com and/or contact the program at usulacrosse@gmail.com.

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