Lacrosse

QU hires Missouri Baptist assistant as first men's lacrosse coach

Christian Diaz
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Sep. 13, 2016 1:40 pm

QUINCY, Ill. Christian Diaz has been hired as the first men's lacrosse head coach at Quincy University.

Marty Bell, vice president for intercollegiate athletics, said Monday in a press release that Diaz will have the 2016-17 school year to recruit a team that will begin competition in the 2017-18 academic year.

"The addition of lacrosse programs at our school is a milestone achievement, and Christian holds a passion and skill set that will be essential to building the men's lacrosse program," he said.

Diaz spent the last two years as the assistant coach, defensive coordinator and face-off coach of the men's lacrosse program at Missouri Baptist University. The Chicago native coached two NAIA second team All-Americans and six all-conference players last season with the Spartans, who went 12-6 in 2016.

He also has coaching experience at the youth and high school levels, most recently working with the U-13 unit of the St. Louis Samurai and as the youth coach for Vetta Sports in St. Louis.

"I'd like to bring in a diverse group of guys who love the sport and support the overall mission of Quincy University," Diaz said in the release. "I've been able to work and build contacts throughout the Midwest, and I believe we can have a great lacrosse product here."

Before going to Missouri Baptist, Diaz was the varsity head coach at Northside College Prep in Chicago and at Niles Notre Dame High School. He also was the junior varsity coach at St. Charles North.

Diaz is a 2009 graduate of Northeastern Illinois University and completed a master's degree at DePaul in 2012.