Webb steps down after 11 seasons with Panthers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – For the first time in more than a decade the Plymouth State University men's lacrosse team will be under new direction as long-time head coach Gordon Webb announced his retirement effectively immediately. Webb, who has led the Panthers since the 2008-09 season, will be relocating to Florida. Assistant coach Mike Wilus has been promoted to interim head coach for the upcoming season.
Webb ends his career with an overall record of 227-131, including a 93-82 mark at Plymouth State. He leaves PSU with the second-most wins in and as the second-longest tenured coach in program history.
"Working at Plymouth State University with the athletic administration, staff and my coaching colleagues has been a wonderful experience," said Webb. "I am grateful to have been part of Plymouth State athletics for the past eleven years. I wish the administration, coaches and all the PSU student-athletes continued growth and success in the future."
"We are really going to miss Gordon's leadership and his mentorship of our student-athletes," said Kim Bownes, Director of Athletics. "He is a man of great ethics and morals and he taught our young men to be great people first."
Webb came to PSU in 2008 already boasting a Hall of Fame resume. Last spring, he led the Panthers to an 8-8 record while going 6-2 in Little East Conference (LEC) play. The Panthers finished second in the final league standings to match the program's best regular season finish, while the six conference wins were the most in program history. He led the team to the championship game of the LEC tournament in 2019, just the second time in program history, while his teams reached at least the semifinal round of the tournament in ten of his 11 seasons.
A former standout player at the University of Massachusetts Amherst under legendary coach Dick Garber, Webb coached Boston State College/UMass Boston for 12 years from 1971-82, leading the team to six Colonial League championships and five runner-up finishes. He was an assistant with the Boston Blazers of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League from 1995-97, coached Nashua (N.H.) High School from 1995-99 and served as coach at Plymouth (N.H.) Regional High School in 2008.
He was inducted into the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002, the UMass Boston Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Eastern Massachusetts Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2015.
Wilus joined the Panthers as an assistant coach in 2018. Also an alumnus of UMass Amherst ('11), he was named the first assistant men's lacrosse for Lynn University in 2013 and was promoted to associate head coach three years later. His prior coaching experience includes a two-year stint at Gwynedd-Mercy College, where he posted an 18-12 record while boasting a man-up unit that ranked among the top-30 in all of NCAA Division III. Wilus played in 37 career games as a member of the Minutemen. He currently serves as a member of the PSU admissions team, holding the role of Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions.
"I want to thank Coach Webb for his incredible leadership over the past two years," said Wilus. "He is an amazing mentor that I am lucky enough to have had the chance to coach alongside. His energy and love for the game and his team will truly be missed. I also want to thank Kim Bownes and the entire athletic administration for the opportunity to lead this team. There is a solid foundation in place that I am excited to build upon."
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