From the Coach
“The Keydet Club has provided a direct link to the many incredible alumni and donors that make the continued success of the lacrosse program possible. The support system enables our program to compete at the highest level and play one of the most competitive schedules in the country. In addition to uniforms, equipment, scholarships and travel the Keydet Club has also helped provide funding for some major locker room renovations.
The demands of building a championship lacrosse a program is directly affected by its funding and support system. I’m proud to say that we have one of the strongest in the country and most importantly, it continues to grow stronger every year.
Thanks for all the continued support. ”
Coach Anken, Head Lacrosse Coach
Brian Anken is entering his second season as the head man of the VMI Keydets lacrosse program after being hired on July 30, 2010.
In his first year on Post, the Keydets captured the first team statistical championship in VMI lacrosse history, beating out NCAA Champion Virginia to lead the nation in ground balls per game with 39.62.
“VMI is the toughest military institution in the country,” said Anken. “This staff is committed to establishing a brand of lacrosse to reflects the level of physical and mental toughness needed to excel at VMI, as well as in our cadet-athletes impending military duties and civilian life.”
Hired by Lycoming in July of 2006, Anken implemented all offensive and defensive strategies for the team. He also supervised the assistant staff, and was responsible for a large amount of fundraising, which helped subsidize the team’s travel and equipment expenses. After posting a 4-10 record in his first year at the school, Anken’s team went 10-6 in 2008, earning him his second conference Coach of the Year honor (Mars Hill ’04). The team then went on to post records of 11-5 and 11-6 in his final two years, including a share of the conference regular season title in 2009, giving them a 32-17 mark over Anken’s final three seasons in Williamsport, Pa.
Prior to working at Lycoming, Anken had been the head man at Mars Hill College in North Carolina, where he helped the team post a 5 ½ game improvement in the standings during his final year, 2006. He earned conference Coach of the Year honors in 2004. He was also the founder and director of the Lions Lacrosse Camp, and handled game and event management as well.
Anken broke into the coaching ranks with Pfeiffer in 2001, where he was the program’s top assistant. There, he was responsible for the defensive side of the ball, along with goalies. He also handled recruiting in Maryland, New York and New Jersey before leaving in 2001 to join the Rochester Institute of Technology, where again, he handled the defense and goalies. During his three years in Rochester, Anken was also an assistant to the school’s Athletic Association Director of Development.
In his career, Anken has coached a pair of NCAA Division III statistical champions. He has also mentored two conference Freshman of the Year and one Player of the Year, and in seven seasons as a head coach, he has had 21 all-conference players and a single All-American. Anken is a member of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s (USILA) Rankings and All-American Committees, as well as being a part of the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee.