Mike Markland

Michael Markland was named the assistant mens lacrosse coach in August 2017.

Michael Markland was named the assistant mens lacrosse coach in August 2017. Markland is the longest tenured assistant coach in the history of the program after finishing his fifth season at Southwestern.

During Markland's time as the Pirates defensive coordinator and goalie coach he has overseen 13 All-Conference defensive selections. This includes having coached a Defensive Player of the Year (Will Thompson, 2021) and a Newcomer of the Year (Tyler Santos, 2019). The Pirates have had a winning record in each season of Markland's time at Southwestern, including 2019 and 2022 in which the Pirates tied the record for wins in a regular season going 10-7 and 10-5, respectively. In 2022, the Pirates broke the record for most wins in a regular and post season (11-5).

Prior to Southwestern, Markland served as the head coach at Brevard College for two seasons following one year as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. It was during this time that his defense ranked in the top 10 for caused turnovers and saves each season. Markland helped the Tornados record eight wins and its first appearance in the South Atlantic Conference Championship during the 2015 season. Under the guidance of Markland, then-goal keeper Andy Reilly was named South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week three times while leading the conference in total saves (217) on the third-highest percentage (53.7).

Prior to stepping into the collegiate ranks, Markland served as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Fort Mill High School in the Charlotte suburb of Fort Mill, South Carolina, where he helped the Yellow Jackets win the state championship in 2014. Four players received all-state honors during this time, including Defensive Player of the Year.

Markland, an Alexandria, Virginia native, was a goalie for the nationally-ranked lacrosse team at Pfeiffer University and earned academic all-conference honors.

Markland graduated from Pfeiffer University in 2012 with a degree in Sport Management.


2017-present: Southwestern University Assistant Coach
2020-present: UNRL Texas Club Coach
2015-2017: Brevard College Head Coach
2014-2015: Brevard College Assistant Coach
2013-2014: Fort Mill HS Associate Head Coach