After a tough finish to the 2017 season, Cornell men’s lacrosse coach Matt Kerwick has stepped down. 

Kerwick resigned after spending the last four seasons as the leader of The Big Red, he cites spending more time with his family as the main reason for his departure. Coach amassed a (32-26) overall record, won two IVY League Championships, and made two NCAA Tournament appearances during his time with Cornell. The Big Red finished the regular season (5-8) in 2017 and has not made the post season since 2015.

In a press release by Cornell University, Kerwick expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to coach for the Big Red. “After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to step aside from my role as head coach of the men’s lacrosse team to focus on my family,” said Kerwick. “I would like to thank Cornell University for five great years. The people here have made it a truly special place to work,” Kerwick added.

“This decision has taken a great deal of thought because of the 47 young men in the locker room, and all of the former players that I have been so fortunate to build relationships with. With that said, my family and I are looking forward to moving on to a new chapter.”

Assistant coach Pete Milliman will take over the Cornell program and will serve as the interim coach through the 2018 season. At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Cornell will launch a nationwide search for a new head coach.

Also on Monday night, 18 Sports takes a closer look at who’s still alive in the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Tournaments with ties to the Twin Tiers.