Schunke Hired as Lacrosse Coach
Team to begin competing in 2010 academic year
- Release Date:
- December 17, 2009
- The Office of Sports Information
- (716) 649-7900 ext. 333
HAMBURG, N.Y.– On December 16, 2009, Richard Schunke became the head coach of the men’s inaugural lacrosse program at Hilbert College. The official start to the newly formed Division III squad will not be until Fall practice in 2010. So, Schunke has a year to get things in order before his first face off in the Spring of 2011. The Hilbert alumnus is very excited about the opportunity to coach a brand new program.
“Rick has the knowledge, enthusiasm and recruiting contacts that align perfectly for a coach starting a new program. His background as an outstanding player at the collegiate level will resonate with student-athletes he coaches and recruits as he builds a competitive Division III lacrosse program,” commented Richard Walsh, the director of athletics at Hilbert College. “I’m very pleased he’s joining our athletic department and we all look forward to the excitement of having an NCAA DIII Lacrosse program here at Hilbert College next Fall.”
Schunke arrives at Hilbert College following several year of coaching at the high school level. Since 2000 Schunke has coached 2 high school All-Americans and 9 All League players at both West Seneca East (2000-02) and Frontier (2002-09). Coach Schunke is a volunteer youth coach with the Hamburg Knights Lacrosse Program (12U/17U) as well as an experienced NFLOA lacrosse official at the high school and indoor Box lacrosse leagues.
Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs, one a master’s in criminal justice administration and the other a master’s in public administration, and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.