Corrigan to join men’s lacrosse

With a family background at Washington and Lee, the men’s lacrosse team’s new assistant coach is looking to win titles with the team

James Berry

Former club coach and recruiter Will Corrigan is the latest addition to the coaching staff of the Washington and Lee men’s lacrosse team.  Athletic Director Jan Hathorn, who recently hired Corrigan as an assistant coach, says he will further elevate an already successful program.

“Washington and Lee has always been on my radar,” Corrigan said. “Coach McCabe actually recruited me when I was in high school, and my grandfather used to be Athletic Director. It’s a great school and a great program, and I knew I had to apply for the position.”

Corrigan comes from an impressive lacrosse background. He graduated in 2015 from the University of Notre Dame, where he played midfield all four years for the Fighting Irish. His father, Kevin, has been coaching the Irish for 30 years, and his grandfather, Gene, was the athletic director at Washington and Lee from 1969-71.

In previous coaching jobs, Corrigan has worked as the varsity head coach for the Woodinville Lacrosse Club in Washington state; he has also coordinated recruiting for CitySide Lax.

Hathorn quickly recognized Corrigan’s notable resume in the hiring process.

“His qualifications and credentials stood out among the pool,” Hathorn said. “Plus, he comes from a background that we are all familiar with when it comes to the quality of his playing experience as well as what he’s grown up around due to his father and grandfather.”

What truly stands out about Corrigan, however, is his love for the game.

“Growing up, I always had a stick in my hand,” Corrigan said. “In college, it was like a job, and you always had to work hard to keep your position. It was the best time of my life.”

Hathorn looks forward to the energy that Corrigan will bring to the program.

“Coach Corrigan has a real educator’s heart,” Hathorn said, “He believes in coaching, he believes in educating and he loves the game of lacrosse. He is going to bring a lot of positives to our program.”

New to coaching college lacrosse, Corrigan is excited about the opportunity and hopes to bring his coaching philosophy to the next level.

“Coach McCabe and Coach Koch have a great program and I’m looking forward to being part of the staff,” Corrigan said. “I like to think of myself as a player’s coach. If they trust you, then they’re more excited to work hard and play for you, and that leads to success.”

Last year, the Generals won the ODAC regular season, but lost to eventual-champion Hampden-Sydney 19-10 in the semi-finals of the conference tournament.

Hathorn hopes the Generals can make the next step this year, as they did in 2016.

“[I expect] continued excellence,” she said. “I expect them to be vying for a conference championship. They’re very talented and well-coached.”

Corrigan joins the coaching staff with similar goals.

“I hope to add value and contribute to a successful program,” Corrigan said. “I know last year we lost in the semifinals, and I hope this year to work toward a conference title.”