August 8, 2012

Aberle to fill Lyndon lacrosse vacancy

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Lyndon Director of Athletics Chris Ummer has announced the hiring of Richard Aberle as the institutions men's lacrosse coach. Aberle succeeds Tim Tierney, who coached the Hornet program since its inception in 2008.

Aberle coached the Northwood School boy's lacrosse program to its first winning season in more than a decade with a mark of 9-3 in 2009. He has also organized and managed lacrosse camps in Nevada and was an assistant coach at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. from 1993-1995.

"Richard brings many years of coaching experience to Lyndon as well as rich background in lacrosse of over 40 years," said Ummer. "His knowledge of the game and game tactics will have a strong impact on the Lyndon lacrosse program."

In his playing days, Aberle founded and was player-coach of the Seneca Lacrosse Club in Geneva, N.Y. and filled the same role with the Charlottesville (Va.) Lacrosse Club, a team of players from the University of Virginia from 1972-77. Aberle also competed on the Berkeley (Calif.) Lacrosse Club in the 1986 and 1986 seasons.

"I am very grateful to have the opportunity to coach lacrosse at Lyndon State," said Aberle. "I see my role with men's lacrosse team principally as a teacher. Yes, as a coach, I teach the game of lacrosse, but more importantly, my goal is to teach excellence. I want to help our players strive for excellence, to believe in their own abilities and their own aspirations and find the ways to get the most out of their talents. 

"Excellence in sports, as in most human undertakings, however, is never simply a matter of talent," he continued. "It's a matter of commitment, of deliberate effort and practice, of stretching the range and breadth of existing skills and developing new ones, and of finding joy in the effort. My job is to make that striving possible for both the individual players and the team."

In addition to his lacrosse coaching background, Aberle has also coached skiing, soccer, football, ice hockey, baseball and basketball at various levels including a three-year stint as an a full-time assistant coach with University of California at Berkeley Women's Basketball Program.

"I was fortunate to be able to coach a number of very successful teams and to participate in post-season play, including two NCAA tournaments," said Aberle. "I know the joy that can come from such experiences. I want to do everything I can to have our Lyndon State athletes have those same kind of experiences here in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont."

A 1977 graduate of Hobart College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Aberle also holds a Master's of Arts degree in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently completing work toward a Ph.D. in English from McGill University in Montreal.