UPDATE #1: Wagner will perform a national search for a head coach. They will not go the in-house interim route if they are able to avoid it, according to a source. The school hopes to have someone before spring practices begin in January. The assistant coaches will run operations while the search goes on.
Matt Poskay has resigned from his position as head coach of the Wagner Seahawks and will take over as head coach of Division III Montclair State, a source tells College Crosse. A Wagner spokesperson has also confirmed Poskay is leaving the school.
In seven seasons at Wagner, Poskay went 20-75 as head coach. From 2010 until 2013, the Seahawks won a total of three games, which included a winless season in 2011. But things improved beginning with a two-win campaign in 2014. After going 4-9 in 2015, Wagner had back-to-back 6-9 seasons before finishing 4-10 this past year. Prior to taking over as the program’s head coach, Poskay spent time as an assistant coach at Division III Drew University and A.L. Johnson Regional High School, his alma mater.
The Virginia grad coached two of the program’s best offensive players while on Staten Island in Andrew Streilein and Colin O’Rourke. O’Rourke set program records with 82 career goals and 108 career points during the early years of Poskay’s tenure. Streilein, who graduated this past May, finished his Wagner career as the all-time leader in career goals (92), assists (57), and points (149) and also set single-season marks in those three categories.
Poskay told the team of his move this morning, according to the source.
Montclair State has had a vacant head coach opening since the sudden death of Mike Schambach, who passed away this summer after a year-long battle with colon cancer. The Red Hawks went 9-6 last season and will join the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) for the 2019 season.
No word on who will take over the Seahawks at this time. Wagner’s coaching staff consists of associate head coach Gary DiClementi, assistant coach David Drozjock, and volunteer assistant Michael Fifield.
Wagner and Montclair State will scrimmage each other on October 14 in the Schambach Strong College Lacrosse Fall Classic at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.