COLUMBIA-Missouri senior face-off specialist Phil Bergman (Media, PA, Strath Haven) and sophomore midfielder Scott Flynn (St. Louis, Marquette) were named to the MCLA Scholar Athlete (Academic All-American) team.
Bergman and Flynn become the first Tigers in school history to be named to the team.
To qualify for Scholar Athlete recognition, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher while also finding a place on his respective first or second team all-conference list. There were 74 selections in Division I.
Bergman went 235-333 (71%) from the X in 2016 with 96 gbs. He finished his career as Missouri’s record leader in face-off wins, win percentage and ground balls and is one of the first face-off specialists in the GRLC to win 600 face-offs in a career..
In Flynn’s first season with the Tigers, the sophomore helped lead a resurgent offense playing primarily with the first line. He finished second on the team in goals (21) and third on the teams in assists (11) and points (32). As a incoming junior, Flynn still has three years of eligibility left with the program and will be a crucial part of the Missouri offense in 2017.
COLUMBIA- The University of Missouri Men’s Lacrosse team announced Friday Nick Anagnostis will be the program’s head coach for the 2016-17 academic year.
Anagnostis replaces Clayton Melrose, who announced prior to the 2016 season his intent to leave the program due to a job relocation to St. Louis.
“I’m honored to be taking the reigns of the lacrosse program at such a prestigious university,” Anagnostis said. “The future is bright at Mizzou and I’m excited to be apart of it.”
Anagnostis has an extensive coaching background, spending his entire career as a coach in the Southeast. In 2010, he was the runner-up for assistant coach of the year in Northern Florida after helping coach a team to the Elite Eight and winning a district championship after the team went 0-13 two seasons prior. This past season, he worked with Myers Park High School in Charlotte under former MLL player and University of Texas head coach Brian Myers. As head coach of the JV team, he lead his team to an undefeated season, going 11-0-2.
“We’re really excited to bring in Coach Anagnostis to the Mizzou Lacrosse program,” team President Kevin Boyle said. “He has a great coaching background, has been successful every place he has coached and has worked with some of the best coaches in the MCLA.”
Anagnostis also has experience coaching at the post-collegiate level, coaching a team in Tallahassee and also coached youth programs alongside former Florida State Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Bill Harkins, one of the most-successful coaches in MCLA history.
Anagnostis will take over the Tigers program at the start of fall camp as the team looks to win the GRLC West title for the second time in four years.
COLUMBIA- The Missouri Tigers lacrosse club announced Head Coach Clayton Melrose will not be returning for the 2017 season Wednesday afternoon.
Melrose, who has been at the helm since 2014 and with the program in some capacity since 2008 is leaving the program after accepting a job promotion which required him to relocate to St. Loius.
“Coach Melrose informed us of this decision more than a year ago in Summer 2015,” former team President Phil Bergman said. “He helped changed the culture of the program and put the team back on pace to be one of the best teams in the GRLC every year. We wish him nothing but the best in St. Louis and we know he’ll still stay involved with the program moving forward.”
Over his three years, Melrose coached the Tigers to a 22-21 record, 13-6 in GRLC play and an impressive 11-3 in conference play, tied for the most of any team in the GRLC West during that time span. In 2014, he led the Tigers to the team’s second GRLC West title.
Melrose also coached 21 all-conference players and two MCLA Scholar Athletes.
He will stay involved with the program as a member of the Mizzou Lacrosse Alumni Board.