Utah adds men’s lacrosse as a varsity sport – CapitalGazette.com

Ten years ago, when Brian Holman was one of the most successful mortgage brokers in Baltimore, he would never have envisioned this.

 On Friday morning, Holman was formally named head coach of the nation’s newest Division I men’s lacrosse program. Utah announced in a press conference this morning that it is establishing men’s lacrosse as a varsity sport.

 Holman, who was hired as head coach in July, 2016, played a prominent role in getting the Utah program elevated from club status. The Anne Arundel County native now faces the challenge of getting the Utes ready for Division I competition beginning with the 2019 season.

 “It’s just a great day for lacrosse in Utah and in the West in general. A lot of media outlets are going to pick this up and be very excited about it,” said Tim Haslam, spokesman for the Utah program. “Lacrosse, for a long time, has been dominated by the East Coast. So to see lacrosse come out West is huge.”

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