Richard Carrington was named Tusculum College's first Director of Lacrosse in December 2012 and is entering his fifth season at the helm of the men's lacrosse program.
Carrington led the Pioneers to its best season in school history in 2017 as the Black and Orange posted an 11-4 record and finished runner-up in the South Atlantic Conference. Additionally, the 2017 Pioneers climbed as high as 18th in the USILA/Nike D2 Coaches Poll and ranked in 10 team statistical categories. The team’s 8.93 assists per game earned the 2017 NCAA Division II National Statistical Championship.
Tusculum was one of six new NCAA Division II men’s lacrosse programs in 2014. Carrington led the Pioneers to a 5-8 overall record in the program's inaugural season. Those five wins were the highest victory total for any first-year NCAA Division II men’s lacrosse team in 2014. Since its inception, Tusculum has improved statically every season and reached the SAC Tournament Semifinals for two consecutive years.
During Carrington’s tenure at Tusculum, he’s mentored six All-SAC honorees. Mitch Chapman was a three-time All-SAC defender, while cousins Nate and Dallas Wade have garnered All-SAC accolades twice during their career. Kevin Haggerty, Ben Boyd, and Ross Parsons were also named All-SAC performers during their careers.
Carrington came to Tusculum after serving the 2011-2012 campaign on the coaching staff at NCAA Division I Virginia Military Institute. While at the Lexington, Virginia school, Carrington helped to institute a revamped Keydet defense that allowed the fewest goals in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play since 2009. The defense was crucial in several contests in holding opponents under 10 goals in three of the last four games, and helping VMI win those three games. One of his defense’s shining moments of 2012 came in a 6-2 setback against 16th-ranked Lehigh, which went on to a No. 7 ranking and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
The Charlottesville, Virginia native also directed VMI’s man-down unit, which killed off 70.8 percent of the Keydets’ penalties and finished the season ranked 19th in the country. The leap to 70.8 percent on the man-down was a 20-point jump from 2011, where VMI finished last in the country in that category.
Prior to VMI, Carrington served as the head men's lacrosse coach at NCAA Division III Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania and NCAA Division II Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Carrington founded the men’s lacrosse program at Chestnut Hill and was responsible for recruiting the 37-member inaugural class representing 10 different states and Canadian provinces.
Carrington has also had assistant coaching stints at his alma mater Mars Hill University and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. In 2008, Carrington helped Mars Hill to the program's first conference championship.
Carrington earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mars Hill in 2003. As an undergraduate he competed as a four-year defensive starter for the Lions and graduated as Mars Hill's career ground ball leader (268).