James Malone begins his first season as the Albright head men’s lacrosse coach in 2017. Malone comes to Albright following a stint as an assistant coach at Dickinson College.
Malone spent the past three seasons at Dickinson, a perennial top-25 program in NCAA Div. III men’s lacrosse. In three seasons with the Red Devils, Malone mentored 16 all-conference selections and two USILA All-America selections. The program reached No. 7 in the nation in 2014 and No. 15 last year while making a pair of conference tournament appearances in Malone’s time with the team.
Prior to his time at Dickinson, Malone spent four seasons as the head coach at Mercyhurst North East College. He elevated a struggling program into a nationally-ranked contender, reaching the playoffs for the first time in school history in 2011 and again in 2012. The Saints finished 2011 ranked 11th in the National Junior College Athletic Association. During his time there, Malone coached 10 NJCAA Academic All-Americans, 15 all-region selections and 18 all-conference honorees.
As a player, Malone was a team captain and a four-year starter at College of the Holy Cross. He was the team’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman and was selected to play in the NEILA East-West Senior All-Star Game at the conclusion of his playing career, serving as captain of the East team.
Malone inherits a program that reached the MAC Commonwealth Tournament semifinals last season, its fifth trip to the conference tournament in five years of existence. In five seasons, the Lions are 64-27 overall and 28-10 in conference play. Albright also won back-to-back ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championship in 2013 and 2014.