The Notre Dame de Namur lacrosse team has announced another change at the top.
Derek Pedrick, last season’s top assistant for the Argonauts, has been named the new head coach for Notre Dame. He takes over for Steve Dini who left the program last month after two seasons.
"I’m obviously super excited to have the opportunity to work at an institution like NDNU,” Pedrick said. "Being one of only two NCAA Division II colleges in California is certainly encouraging. I feel like we have a ton of potential and opportunity here with the resources that we have. With the school doing what they’re doing, getting the enrollment back to where it needs to be, the future is really bright for NDNU.”
Pedrick comes in with coaching experience at all three levels of the NCAA. This is his first head coaching job. Prior to NDNU, Pedrick was an assistant coach at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. He’s also assisted at The College of Wooster in Ohio and Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
A 2005 graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts, Pedrick played four season in the midfield, recording 72 goals and 15 assists.
As the top assistant at NDNU, Pedrick had his hand in everything for the Argonauts. And he’s excited about the next level.
"We just want to create a culture where everyone works hard, respects the game and ultimately succeeds on and off the field,” Pedrick said. "I think I’m excited for the challenge, I think it’s going to be a smooth transition. I’m excited for the opportunity.”
The Argonauts are coming off a championship season in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, where they finished 7-1.
"Certainly we did lose a good chunk of people,” Pedrick said of his outlook for the upcoming season. "We lost a good amount of scoring in two of our top defenseman. That said, we do bring back six or seven starters who are going to contribute at a high level. We also have a few younger players who are going to step up and fill some roles, which we’re excited about. And we also have a decent recruiting class, we feel we have some recruits who will come in and hopefully make an immediate impact. Obviously, we have our work cut out for us. But, the growth of the game is definitely making the other teams much better, which is good for the game of lacrosse. Everyone is getting better.”
After being ousted by Dominican College in the playoffs last season, Pedrick knows there’s plenty of work to be done, on and off the field, if the Argonauts are to return to the postseason.
"The growth of the game is enabling the other schools to compete at a very high level and bring in very high level student athletes in as well,” he said. "We need to hit the recruiting just as hard. I don’t believe its pressure. I think it’s a good thing, it’s a good thing to be champions of the WILA. That said, we lost to Dominican last year and that’s going to give our kids a lot of motivation throughout this summer and throughout next year to really work hard and compete and to realize you can’t really take any team for granted and you have to play one game at a time. That’s just the nature of the game, especially nowadays.”