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Men’s lacrosse looks to win championship in head coach’s final season

Matt Mynes, Contributor

Clemson men’s club lacrosse team celebrates against West Virginia. 

After 15 years of leading Clemson’s men’s club lacrosse team, head coach Buff Grubb will reportedly retire from his position with the from the program.
According to the official Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) website, Clemson has formally opened its search for an assistant head coach, a position that would offer experience working under Grubb for the current spring 2022 season in order to take over for the 2023 season.
In his time at Clemson, Grubb has been nothing short of a consistent commander for the team. Under his leadership, the team has become a recognizable force within the MCLA.
In recent years, the Tigers have been consistently ranked as a top-20 national team. Last season, they advanced to the MCLA semi-finals, where they fell after a hard-fought battle to Chapman.
With Grubb being in his last season as head coach, the team has its eyes set on a trophy. 
“We have our sights set on getting back to Texas,” said junior face-off specialist Jack McSally in a statement to The Tiger. “We lost some close games last year that could have went our way.” 
Grubb is considered among the elite in the world of lacrosse. He grew up in Maryland, a state often referred to as “the cradle” of American lacrosse. He then secured a scholarship to Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he was a member of the school’s first ever NCAA National Tournament Team.
Through the 1980s and 1990s, Grubb continued to make his mark on the lacrosse world as a referee, high school coach and founder of the Harford Lacrosse Club. He started his NCAA coaching experience at the University of Tennessee before moving to Wake Forest University. He has since settled at Clemson for over a decade. 
Grubb has proven his worth as a valuable and accredited coach. While his time at Clemson is coming to an end, his legacy and influence on players is sure to last. He has not yet released an official statement on his plans after Clemson. 
The Tigers started the 2022 season strong with a 19-11 win at home against the West Virginia Mountaineers. Grubb and the Tigers’ next game is on Saturday, Feb. 11 at home against NC State at Loconte Field in Seneca.

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