Written by Staff
by Will Jukes
“30 Fulbrights. 0 Heismans. It's Our Priority,” the bragged University of Dallas (UD) in a 2011 ad campaign targeting the type of student the Irving school is known for—bright, driven, a little dorky, and, on the whole, apathetic toward sports. It also betrayed a nearly hostile attitude to the school's languishing athletics department, which struggles with small facilities, a smaller staff and no field lights. Regardless, Jeff Guy wants to win championships.
He is a recent addition to UD athletics, hired in September to coach the school's fledgling lacrosse team, and he brought with him an impressive pedigree of high school and college level coaching experience. Guy formerly worked for the Burn, Arizona's all-star high school team and was defensive assistant for Princeton during their 2012 championship season, but when UD announced they were searching for a new head coach, Guy decided he wanted the greater rewards of a head coaching position – financial and otherwise.
Guy inherited a program that struggled through its first two years of its existence. During his tenure, former head coach Matt O’Connell lead the team to a disappointing 7-23 record. Guy also faces a lack of resources including coaching without a dedicated assistant coach, few athletic trainers, and facilities that are mostly shared with the general student population. The biggest challenge, though, has been working with a small team team—UD fields a 12 man squad, a cripplingly short roster in what’s been called the fastest game on two legs. This gives them little opportunity for substitutions, leaving them without key specialty players such as face-off players and defensive midfielders. Regardless of the challenges, the players Guy has are the kind he wants in the program.
“Right now I’m not recruiting kids and trying to get the guys that were all-conference, trying to get the guys that were all-state or all-Americans in high school. I’m not looking for guys who were four year starters or two year captains for their high school teams,” Guy said. “I’m looking for guys that fit the university’s culture, that fit the university’s academic criteria, and at the same time I’m looking for guys that contributed in some way to their high school program, who’ve shown that they have the ability to make a commitment at a high level to an athletic program.”