Senators name lacrosse coaches

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College has tabbed two individuals to begin the process of building lacrosse programs at the school.

Sasha Vedock has been hired as the school’s women’s coach, while Bert Severns will guide the men’s team.

Vedock spent the last two years as the head coach at Columbia College, a NAIA school in Columbia, S.C. Vedock also served as the assistant sports information director during her time at Columbia.

Prior to taking over her first collegiate women’s lacrosse program, Vedock directed a club team, Xtreme lacrosse, in Lake Norman, N.C. Vedock also served as the head coach at Independence and Myers Park High Schools.

“I want to thank athletic director Ronnie Palmer, President Michael Mihalyo and the search committee for giving me the opportunity to establish and develop a strong, competitive program at D&E,” Vedock said. “I am honored to be a part of the academic and athletic championship environment at Davis & Elkins.

“The facilities at D&E will attract and develop high-caliber student-athletes to reach their full potential on and off the field.”

The Rochester, N.Y., native earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2008.

Severns joins the D&E staff after spending four seasons at Division III Centre College, where he built the program from the ground up.

“We are excited to have Coach Severns join our athletic department, his proven track record with starting a program from scratch makes him the right person to begin lacrosse at D&E,” Palmer said.

Severns guided the Colonels to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013 and 2014.

The 2014 season brought more success, as the Colonels won the SAA Tournament and made a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. Along the way, Centre set a new school record for wins in a season with 13 and established a school record winning streak with 11 straight victories.

In 2013, Severns led the Colonels to their first NCAA Tournament in just their third year as a program. Centre finished the year with an 11-4 overall record and tied for the Southern Athletic Association regular season championship.

In 2012, Severns was named SCAC Coach of the Year, while attacker Zack Connors earned SCAC Offensive Player of the Year honors. In Centre’s second year of play, Severns led the program to a 12-4 overall record in the 2012 season, a 7-2 mark and second place finish in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and an 8-0 record in home games.

Two more honors that have been added to Severns’ lacrosse resume. He has been selected to the Board of Directors of the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, the governing body for the college coaches of men’s lacrosse in the U.S., and was also a member of the USILA Division III Coaches Poll Committee – which ranks the top 20 Division III teams in the nation on a weekly basis.

Severns was an assistant coach for both soccer and lacrosse teams at the United States Naval Academy from 1976 to 1980, helping the Midshipmen to a national semifinal appearance in lacrosse and an ECAC championship in soccer. While at Annapolis, he was responsible for recruiting for both sports, and helped coach 15 lacrosse All-Americans. From 1980 to 1984, he was the head coach of soccer and lacrosse at Alfred University. He directed the Saxon soccer team to an ECAC title while coaching two more All-Americans. In 1984 he left Alfred for West Point, becoming the assistant athletic director for facilities and the assistant lacrosse coach. During his time at the United States Military Academy, he helped the lacrosse team to a national semifinal appearance.

In 1990, he left coaching to pursue a career in the sporting goods industry, working his way up to become the national sales manager for Diadora America and Director of Sales and Marketing for Game Sportswear.

D&E is scheduled to begin Division II lacrosse play in the 2015-16 school year.