The Journey of Athlete to Coach

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – After a long four year career playing lacrosse at Marist College, one player was not quite ready to walk away from the game he grew up loving, and has been playing his entire life. JD Recor graduated from Marist in 2017, and his love for the game and community has landed him a new position on the lacrosse field. The Marist Men’s Lacrosse Team is happy to announce the addition of new assistant coach J.D Recor for the start of the 2018 season.When JD Recor began his career at Marist in 2013, he never expected the impact that it would have on his life. At the conclusion of Recor’s long and illustrious career with the Red Foxes, he sits at first place in all time assists in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with 131. In his senior year, his numbers continued to soar as he finished his career with 222 career points, the second highest in Marist College Men’s Lacrosse history.

His success on the field opened many opportunities for Recor, including playing professionally. In 2017, Recor was selected 79th overall by the Long Island Lizards in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. Recor was drafted just two days after scoring three goals for the North squad in the 76th annual United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association North-South All-Star Game. He is the second player from Marist to ever be selected in the draft. This venture, however, was never really a part of Recor’s plans for the future.

“After graduation I had a lot of thinking to do about my future. Being drafted by any professional team is an honor, and I thank the Long Island Lizards for the opportunity,” said Recor. “After coach Wilkinson offered for me to come back to Marist and be apart of the team that I’ve grown to love, it was hard to say no.”


Recor with his parents after accepting coaching job

The addition of Recor to the coaching staff will hopefully add some explosiveness to the offense, as his experiences have immortalized him as one of the best pure scorers in Marist Lacrosse history.

“Our program could not be happier to have J.D. joining us as an assistant coach,” Head Coach Keegan Wilkinson said. “J.D. is someone who I had targeted immediately to join us because of his high character, tremendous work ethic and competitive drive. These are things he displayed during his four year career at Marist on a daily basis. J.D. will be a tremendous addition to our staff and I know that he is excited to help us as we continue to build our great lacrosse program here at Marist.”

JD’s former teammates also had high praise for their newest coach. “Honestly I couldn’t think of a better selection for the job. In the three years I’ve played with JD, he’s always shown incredible leadership. On top of being a great player, I think JD as a coach can really help out the young guys with their skills to bolster this offense for years to come,” said Junior Defenseman Billy Andrle.

Recor is the most recent recipient of the Marist men’s lacrosse Scholar-athlete award. He was also the second Senior CLASS Finalist to come out of Marist College after excelling in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character, and competition. This award is only handed out to five players in the whole country. His 3.7 cumulative GPA at Marist lead to him being named one of 55 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Scholar All-Americans in the nation, and was a USILA All-Star. What he is most proud of, however, is the recognition he received at the 2017 Marist Athletics Senior Awards Banquet, where he was named Male Sportsperson of the year for being the top student athlete in his graduating class.

Recor and the rest of the Marist men’s lacrosse team head into the 2018 season with high hopes. Having not won a MAAC championship since 2015, Recor hopes to help the team win the best he can by mentoring and coaching his former teammates.

The future looks bright for Recor, as he will continue to keep the sport of lacrosse in his life with his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Communication, which he received from Marist in 2017, on top of being the newest coach on the team.

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