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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.(Titan Athletics) – Patrick Geiger has announced that he will step down as Westminster College’s head men’s lacrosse coach effective December 21. Assistant Coach Travis Brown will be promoted to head coach effective January 1.

Geiger, the first-ever men’s lacrosse coach in Westminster history, has been at the helm of the Titan men’s lacrosse team for the past three years. Geiger has coached 16 All-Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC) selections, including two First Team selections. In 2017, Westminster finished 7-7 in just its second season.

“This was a challenging, yet, rewarding experience to build the lacrosse program out of nothing,” Geiger said. “I believe we have created a solid foundation built around strong character and values that allows coach (Travis) Brown to now take this great group to the next level: winning a conference championship. I thank the players for everything they’ve done for this team, and I hope they feel part of their success in life stems from having been a part of this program.”

“Westminster is very appreciative of the hard work and commitment of Coach Geiger in starting the varsity men’s lacrosse program from scratch at Westminster,” said Athletic Director Dafler. “The team has improved in each of the three years of its existence under his leadership regarding success on the field and the classroom as well as in the number of student-athletes participating.  There is no doubt that we have young men in this program who chose Westminster for the opportunity to play college lacrosse and to be coached by Patrick.  I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Brown enters his second season overall with Westminster. Before Westminster, Brown served as a graduate assistant at Heidelberg University. Additionally, Brown was a volunteer coach and defensive coordinator for his alma mater, Aurora University, in the spring of 2015. Brown also served as the head lacrosse coach for the U13 Boys Select Team in St. Charles, Illinois in the fall of 2015 Brown is a graduate of Aurora University where he was a four-time varsity letterman for the men’s lacrosse team. Brown was voted team captain his senior season and went on to win Defensive MVP for the Spartans the same year. He helped guide Aurora to three NCAA Tournament’s, making the “sweet 16” all three years. He was named on the All-Midwest Lacrosse Conference team his junior and senior season.

“First, I would like to thank President Kathy B. Richardson, Director of Athletics Jim Dafler, and Westminster College for this opportunity,” Brown said. “The decision to stay on as coach at Westminster was an easy one. The people here are extremely supportive and excited with the direction of our athletic programs. It is a great opportunity to create a positive culture with a solid foundation and provide a unique and exciting sport for the student body.”

“Westminster is fortunate to have Travis Brown in position to step forward to lead the varsity men’s lacrosse program,” Dafler said. “His previous coaching experience at Aurora and Heidelberg along with him spending the 2018 spring season here at Westminster have helped prepare him to step into the head coaching position.  I look for Travis to build upon the program’s solid foundation established by Coach Geiger as the team enters into its first full season in Presidents’ Athletic Conference play after competing in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference the past three years.”

The Titans open the 2019 season Saturday, March 2 at the University of Mount Union with a 1 p.m. start time.

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