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Ohio State men’s lacrosse coach Nick Myers accepts 5-year contract extension

OSU sophomore midfielder Jesse King attacks the goal during a game against Detroit on Feb. 9 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 14-8.

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Nick Myers has accepted a five-year contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse program through 2018, associate vice president and director of athletics Gene Smith announced Friday.

Myers led the 2013 Buckeyes to one of the best seasons in program history in just his fifth year at OSU. The team won the ECAC Tournament and earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament as well a first-round home game.

OSU finished the year with a 13-4 record, the most wins for the program since 1978 and became just the second Buckeye team to reach the NCAA quarterfinals before falling to Cornell 16-6 at Byrd Stadium at The University of Maryland.

Myers has compiled a 44-35 overall record in his first five years as OSU’s head coach along with an 18-13 conference record. Since Myers has led the Buckeyes, the program has had nine USILA All-Americans, 21 all-conference players and five conference players of the year.

“Coach Myers and his staff have the lacrosse program on the right path and we look for the squad to continue to improve upon that success moving forward,” Smith said, according to a press release. “He is the right coach to lead our program into a new era as lacrosse joins the Big Ten Conference in 2015.”

Under Myers, 87 OSU players have earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades, 124 players were named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes, and 27 earned Academic All-ECAC honors. The team maintains a team cumulative grade-point average above 3.0.

“I am thrilled Gene Smith and Heather Lyke believe in what we are building as a program and that we share the same vision for the future of Buckeye lacrosse,” Myers said, according to the release. “I would like to thank our coaching staff, alumni, friends and the men who have dedicated themselves to make this program what it is today. It is an exciting time to be a Buckeye and a part of The Ohio State University as we enter the Big Ten Conference and take on the new challenges that lie ahead.”

Myers’ salary after the contract extension has not yet been released because he has not signed the contract, according to an OSU athletics spokesman. The details of the contract will be released in the next few weeks.

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