Associate Head Men's Lacrosse Coach
Campus Phone: Ext. 5449
Campus Mail: P.O. Box 5099
Office: Rankin 210
Campus or Site Location: Greeneville
Anthony Mackin is entering his third year as associate head coach of the Tusculum College men’s lacrosse team.
The 2015 season saw the Pioneers achieve five wins for a second consecutive year, despite significantly increasing its strength of schedule. In 2014, only three games were decided by two goals or less, while the 2015 squad played in six contests decided by two or fewer goals. In South Atlantic Conference competition, Tusculum posted a two-win improvement from 2014.
Mackin’s faceoff and defensive units saw marked improvement in 2015. The defense allowed 10.58 goals-per-game, down from 12.15 goals-per-game in 2014. Last season, Mackin also mentored two-time South Atlantic Conference honoree Mitch Chapman.
Mackin, a native of Springfield, Virginia, came to Tusculum from the Virginia Military Institute. While at the NCAA Division I program, he assisted with the team’s faceoff unit, recruiting, and day-to-day office activities, as well as added responsibilities on defense.
The Institute’s faceoff units were highly successful and nationally renowned during Mackin’s tenure. His 2012 unit ranked No. 1 in faceoff winning percentage (64.4%). Mackin also mentored VMI’s most highly decorated player, Stephen Robarge. Robarge was the first NCAA Division I player to win back-to-back groundball titles (2011 and 2012). Under Mackin’s tutelage, Robarge was also named the NCAA faceoff statistical champion in 2011 and 2012. Robarge was drafted 44th overall by the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse.
A defenseman in college, Mackin helped lead a pair of second-team All-MAAC selections in defenseman Kyle Hofstetter and Robarge, who was also named MAAC Faceoff Specialist of the Year for two consecutive seasons. In 2013, Mackin also coached Tyler Prasnicki to a No. 5 ranking in caused turnovers per game (2.36).
Before his time at VMI, Mackin served as a graduate assistant coach at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., earning a master’s in secondary education. He is a 2008 graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he served as a team captain. His senior year was cut short after suffering a career-ending knee injury.
Following the injury, Mackin took on a role as an assistant coach, where he headed the man-down defense and assisted with team conditioning and scouting.
Mackin is married to the former Terese Flores of Virginia Beach, Virginia.