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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—University of Virginia men’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia has announced the hiring of former Army attackman John Walker as an assistant coach on his staff. Walker replaces Hannon Wright who resigned following the season to join the Marine Corps as a judge advocate.

“I am very pleased to announce John’s hiring as an assistant coach,” said Starsia. “From a comprehensive search process, John emerged dramatically from a deep pool of talented, familiar candidates. Known only by reputation beforehand, he impressed the committee with each contact. This is an impressive young man who will bring energy, personality and a fresh perspective to our program. He will be a strong role model and a positive influence on our players, on and off the field.

“He is anxious to get started and will be involved in all aspects of the operation. I am supremely confident that alums, fans, recruits and friends of the Virginia lacrosse program will thoroughly enjoy getting to know him.”

Walker comes to Charlottesville after three years as the associate head lacrosse coach at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS) in New Jersey where he coached some of the most successful teams in USMAPS history. He is also a co-founder and program director of Winning Edge Lacrosse, which mentored many New Jersey high school players in their offensive development.

He was a three-time All-American attackman at the United States Military Academy (Army) and finished as the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 209 points. He helped lead the team to three NCAA Championship appearances as well as a Patriot League title and was a team captain as a senior in 2006. He graduated in 2006 with a degree in law and legal systems.

“I am truly excited to become a part of the Virginia lacrosse family,” said Walker. “It is a great opportunity to work with one of the most storied programs in the game and I look forward to getting the season underway.”

Walker, a native of Dix Hills, N.Y., starts at UVa on July 9.

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