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Wiezalis steps down at Spartan helm

CASTLETON-Dave Wiezalis has resigned as chief men's lacrosse coach at Castleton State College effective immediately; he said he wants to spend more time with his family.

Wiezalis spent six seasons heading the Castleton program, guiding the Spartans to a 66-36 record and six appearances in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) championship.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time heading the men's lacrosse program and I hope for its continued success in the future." Wiezails said. "It was a very difficult decision to step down, but one that best suits my family and career goals."

This past season Wiezalis piloted the Spartans to their first conference title, and berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament where they lost to Keene State. The Spartans matched the program-high with 13 wins, set in 2008. In 2009 Castleton won its first regular-season title, earning a perfect 9-0 conference mark, and ending Mount Ida College's 39-game winning streak in conference play earning Wiezalis his second NAC Coach of the Year honor.

Wiezalis took the reins of the program in 2005, after the Spartans had posted losing seasons in each of the previous seven.

"While we are sad to see Dave step down, we are thankful for his contributions to the program and Castleton over the past six seasons." Tyson stated. "We look forward to the next chapter in Castleton lacrosse, and hope that we continue to capitalize on the momentum Dave has helped build."

A search will begin immediately to fill the part-time position.

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