Staff
Head Coach
Charley Toomey

Charley Toomey, who is entering his twelfth season as a collegiate head coach, has put his stamp on the Loyola men's lacrosse program as a disciplined, tough, athletic and skillful unit. The Greyhounds ascended to the top of college lacrosse in 2012, winning Loyola's first-ever NCAA Division I Championship.

The 2012 Loyola squad set several program records and tied the NCAA Division I record for wins in a season with 18. The Greyhounds lost just a single game during the year, winning the ECAC regular-season and tournament championships en route to the national title.

Toomey was named the 2012 recipient of the Morris Touchstone as the Division I Coach of the Year, and he earned his third ECAC Coach of the Year honor.

During the year, the Greyhounds featured one of the most balanced teams in the nation, finishing fifth in scoring defense (7.51 goals allowed per game) and eighth in scoring offense (12.05). Loyola's transition game was also vaunted during the year, and the Greyhounds unit has been heralded as one of the nation's best for several seasons.

Toomey, who enters the 2013 season with a 64-35 overall record, coaches seven players in 2012 who earned USILA All-America honors, including Mike Sawyer and Scott Ratliff who were named to the second and third teams, respectively. Eric Lusby, who was the NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Player, and Sawyer finished the year as the top two single-season scorers in school history with 54 and 52 goals, respectively.

Under his direction, the Greyhounds have won at least a share of three of the last five ECAC Championships and reached the NCAA Tournament in four of the past six seasons. Since Toomey took over as Loyola's head coach before the 2006 season, the Greyhounds lead the ECAC with 29 conference victories, amassing a 38-9 record during that stretch.

Toomey was also a member of the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Committee, a group responsible for selection of the NCAA Championships field and administration of the tournament.

Assistant Coach
Matt Dwan

The 2017 campaign will be Matt Dwan's 14th season overall as an assistant coach with the Loyola men's lacrosse program. For the past ten seasons as the Greyhounds' defensive coordinator, Dwan has helped the Greyhounds become one of the most formidable defenses in the nation.

In addition to his work with the program's on-field coaching, Dwan organizes all team travel, equipment needs, NCAA compliance and spearheads the Greyhounds' recruiting efforts. He has also been the co-director of the Greyhound Lacrosse Summer Camp, and Dwan works closely with two of the program's primary sponsors, Brine and Under Armour.

A 1995 graduate of Loyola, Dwan has shaped the Greyhounds' defense into one of the premier units in the nation, and his work with Loyola's rope unit has also led to a stellar transition game and play from the defensive midfield.

During Loyola's run to the 2012 NCAA Championship, the Greyhounds first, Dwan's defense finished fifth in the nation, allowing just 7.51 goals per game. He directed a pair of goalkeepers who had never started a collegiate game and close defense that was lost an All-ECAC performer to graduation.

A former Greyhounds' lacrosse standout himself, Dwan played professionally for the Baltimore Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse. Part of the inaugural MLL season in 2001, Dwan played in every game for the Bayhawks from 2001 to 2003. He helped anchor a defense that advanced to the MLL championship game in each of his three seasons, while capturing the championship in 2002.

In June 2003, he was inducted into Loyola's Athletic Hall of Fame, and in November 2005 he entered the Hudson Valley Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

A native of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Dwan and his wife, the former Michelle Meyer reside in Pasadena, Md. Michelle was one of the most decorated players in Loyola women's lacrosse history, earning All-America three times, including First-Team honors as a junior and senior. She was named the 1997 National Midfielder of the Year, as well.

Assistant Coach
Steve Vaikness

Steve Vaikness has been an invaluable member of the Loyola men's lacrosse coaching staff since rejoining the program in 2006 as a volunteer assistant coach. A collegiate teammate of Greyhounds' Head Coach Charley Toomey, Vaikness has developed Loyola's faceoff unit into one of the nation's finest and has been regarded by national media as the NCAA's top faceoff coach.

In 2012, Vaikness guided first-year faceoff midfielder J.P. Dalton to a .523 winning percentage, and the senior captain and his unit had one of their most dominating performances in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Dalton won 17-of-22 faceoffs against his All-American counterpart and a team that had won .678 restarts against the Greyhounds in two previous meetings that year.

Schiavone, a 2010 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American, was fourth in the NCAA last year, winning .587 of the faceoffs he attempted.

From 2009-2011, John Schiavone has become one of the nation's premier faceoff specialists under Vaikness' tutelage. In 2010, Schiavone was named an All-America Honorable Mention player after finishing sixth in the country in faceoff winning percentage.

In 2009, the Greyhounds led the ECAC and were fifth in the NCAA with a .566 faceoff winning percentage. Schiavone was fourth in the NCAA last year, winning .587 of the faceoffs he attempted. In his first three seasons as an assistant coach with the Greyhounds, Vaikness' instruction at the faceoff `X' paid large dividends, as well. The Greyhounds were 12th nationally in faceoff percentage (.556), and Tim McDermott was ninth individually, winning .586 of his restarts.

In 2007, Loyola registered the nation's fourth-best face-off win percentage as a team, and had the country's third-best faceooff man in Dan Kallaugher.

A native of Camillus, N.Y., Vaikness attended West Genesee High School and played for the 1985 New York State Championship Team. He came to Loyola and in his four years, helped the Greyhounds advance to three NCAA Tournaments, including the Quarterfinals in 1988 and the NCAA Championship Game in 1990.

As a senior, Vaikness earned the John R. Mohler Award, presented annually by the Loyola College Alumni Association for excellence in the areas of athletics, scholarship and character. He earned his bachelors degree in marketing and immediately began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Greyhounds during the 1992 and 1993 lacrosse seasons. Vaikness earned his MBA from Loyola's Sellinger School for business in 1994 and thereafter entered the business world.

As a lacrosse coach, Vaikness has stayed active with local club and recreational programs, including the Green Turtle Lacrosse Club and the Lutherville Timonium Recreation Council. He currently works at the Holladay Corporation, a residential developer located in Washington, D.C.

Vaikness and his wife, Gengy, have three children - Tim, Anna and Brigid - and reside in Towson, Md.

Assistant Coach
Marc Van Arsdale

Loyola University Maryland head men’s lacrosse coach Charley Toomey announced the hiring of an assistant coach with more than 30 years of NCAA coaching experience on July 7, 2016, when he tabbed Marc Van Arsdale as the Greyhounds’ offensive coordinator.
Van Arsdale most recently spent the last 15 seasons as an assistant at the University of Virginia, the previous 10 as the Cavaliers’ associate head coach. On the Charlottesville sideline, Van Arsdale helped the Cavaliers win three NCAA Championships (2003, 2006 and 2011) while mentoring three Tewaaraton Trophy winners (Steele Stanwick, Matt Ward and Chris Rotelli).

All told, Van Arsdale has been a member of 11 NCAA Championship teams as a coach and player. In addition to the three at Virginia, he was a player on four title teams at Hobart College (1982-1985), and he assisted four Statesmen championship teams (1987-90).

His offenses have routinely been amongst the NCAA leaders in scoring offense, as well as points and assists per game, and he has coached some of the most prolific individuals in the game. Since he returned to Charlottesville in 2002, the Cavaliers’ offenses were in the top-12 nationally in scoring offense for 13 of 15 years. They were tops in the country twice (2006 and 2009), in the top-five six times and the top-10 on 11 occasions.

During Virginia’s 2011 NCAA Championships season, the Cavaliers finished third nationally with 12.56 goals, 6.94 assists and 19.50 points per game. Meanwhile, Stanwick won the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation’s top player after finishing the year third nationally in assists (2.24) and fourth in points (4.12).

The 2010 iteration of the Cavaliers offense was again a top scoring unit, ranking third in the nation in goals (13.44), assists (8.17) and points (21.61) per game. Chris Bocklet led the unit as a sophomore, scoring 53 goals, the second-most in a season by a Virginia player. He was the first Cavaliers player to score 50 or more goals since Doug Knight set the single-season record with 56 in 1996. He was not the only player to tally significant goal totals for Virginia that season, as 10 Cavaliers reached double-figures in goals scored.

Virginia’s four-year stretch of outstanding scoring teams started in 2009 when the Cavaliers led the nation in goals (13.0), assists (7.83) and points per game (20.83). All three of that season’s starting attackmen – Garrett Billings (38), Stanwick (36) and Danny Glading (32) – tallied 30 or more goals, while All-American midfielders Shamel Bratton (31) and Brian Carroll (29) were also at or near that plateau.

The Cavaliers’ undefeated NCAA Championship team in 2006 featured one of the most prolific offenses in recent college lacrosse. They led the nation in scoring with an average of 15.82 goals per game, scoring 269 during the year.

Van Arsdale was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division I Assistant Coach of the Year following that season, while Matt Ward earned the USILA Player of the Year and the Tewaaraton Trophy. Kyle Dixon was also rewarded with the USILA Midfielder of the Year award.

The 1985 graduate of Hobart College returned to Charlottesville in 2002 after spending five seasons (1997-2001) as the University of Pennsylvania’s head coach. Van Arsdale led the Quakers to a 27-39 overall record during his five seasons; he coached Penn to its first .500 season of the 1990s during his opening campaign in Philadelphia, leading the team to a 6-6 mark.

Prior to his stint in Phialdelphia, Van Arsdale was an assistant at Virginia from 1991-1996 where he helped the Cavaliers reach the NCAA Championships five times. They advanced to the title game twice (1994 and 1996) and the semifinals in 1995.

As a player at Hobart, Van Arsdale was led his hometown team to four Division III titles. He was named a First Team All-American as a senior in 1985, a year in which he also earned National Division III Attackman of the Year honors. He was chosen the Division III Championship game’s Most Valuable Player in 1983 and 1985, and he led the Statesmen in scoring his last two years in Geneva, New York. Van Arsdale finished his Hobart career ranked amongst the school’s top-10 leaders in career goals, assists and points.

Van Arsdale was an academic standout, as well, at Hobart. He graduated magna cum laude and received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship after being named to the Dean’s List all four years he was at the school. He also was chosen as a Presidential Scholar and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Van Arsdale’s wife, the former Karen Salemo, was an All-American lacrosse player at Hobart’s sister school, William Smith College; the couple has two children. Owen was a USILA Scholar All-American attackman at Virginia for his father where he totaled 124 career points. Their daughter, Elise, is a recent graduate of Villanova University.