Washington University Head Coach Fired


Washington U Coach Fired

Last night, Washington University in St. Louis fired their head coach, Michael Martin. The firing is rumored to be due to Martin’s intensity and seriousness about the program. yet he never even got a chance to prove himself as the team’s coach during regular season play. 2011 would have been his first season as head coach. (Editor’s note: Thanks to Dev Bala for the updated information about Martin’s coaching tenure! The Wash U website was indeed out of date.)

Washington U Coach Michael Martin

Considering Martin is currently the Secretary of the MCLA and a former GRLC commissioner, this move by Washington U student decision makers could end up causing quite the commotion.  The GRLC has already had a few coaching mishaps over the past several months, and the MCLA has a whole suffers from such occurrences each and every year.

If you have additional information on this news from St. Louis or any thoughts to add, please drop a line in the comments section below.


  1. I am one of the alumni chairs for WUSTL Lacrosse, and I would say (without overstepping any bounds) is that its VERY difficult to speculate on why teams and players make decisions like this unless you’re on the field every day or are talking to the players on a regular basis.

    I have talked to a few players on the team both present and recent past, and its not quite what you make it out to be. Furthermore, FWIW, this was not to be his first season at the helm – he’s been coaching there for some time now (perhaps its an outdated website reference you’re going off of).

    The last thing I would say is that it has proven VERY challenging to coach at academically intense schools like WashU or Stanford (having some experience with both) and I’m not surprised there has been a large amount of turnover, not to mention the drop off from D1 to D2. At any rate, I wish Mike all the best down the road. Hopefully both parties have new and interesting plans in their future.