Former Notre Dame men's lacrosse player and 2011 graduate Jake Marmul returned home to Notre Dame as the newest women's lacrosse assistant coach, head coach Christine Halfpenny announced on Sept. 28, 2012.
"I am very pleased to announce the addition of Jake Marmul to our staff," said Halfpenny. "We had a strong pool of candidates, but feel fortunate to bring Jake back to the Irish sidelines. What struck me about Jake was his passion for the game of lacrosse, Notre Dame and his eagerness to make a difference with our women's program.
"I look for assistants that can bring a unique perspective to our staff meetings, team systems and player development. No doubt the women's game has changed and now incorporates strategy that has been standard in the men's game. For example man-up/man-down and subbing multiple players through the box come to mind. I believe Jake has the ability to make a positive impact with his background and I couldn't be more excited for him to join us."
Marmul, who replaces Nick Williams, graduated from Notre Dame in May of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in both psychology and sociology. The Livonia, Mich., native finished with a 3.447 grade point average in psychology and a perfect 4.0 GPA in sociology.
"I am honored to return to Notre Dame as an assistant coach of the women's lacrosse team," said Marmul. "I experienced firsthand the joys of being a student-athlete at the university, and I look forward to working with Chris (Halfpenny) and Jill (Byers) to ensure the young women who come through our program will have the same great experience. I am excited to bring a different perspective on the game to the coaching staff, and can't wait to get started!"
A four-year member of the Irish men's lacrosse team, Marmul earned two monograms for the squad. A talented faceoff specialist, Marmul won 166 of 295 career faceoff attempts for an impressive .563 winning percentage. After missing the entire 2010 season with a knee injury, he returned to the field in 2011, ranking 17th nationally in faceoffs with .557 winning percentage. He was part of a senior class that graduated with a 52-14 record and four trips to the NCAA Tournament, including the program's first national championship appearance and two GWLL championships.
Busy off the field, Marmul participated in a wealth of activities. He was a part of the planning committee for the University of Notre Dame Senior Retreat, worked with the Playing for Peace rally and fundraiser and helped promote National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) through a class. He also worked the Notre Dame Lacrosse Camp for three summers and was an assistant lacrosse coach at Saint Joseph's High School in South Bend during the spring of 2010.
Marmul comes to the Irish from Quicken Loans in Detroit, where he has worked as a public relations associate since October 2011. During his time at Quicken Loans, the nation's largest online lender, he worked on a number of projects, including producing a weekly radio show.
Away from his full-time job, Marmul was an assistant lacrosse coach at Catholic Central High School in Novi, Mich., during the 2012 season, ran a three-day Faceoff Camp at the University of Detroit Mercy this past summer and was active in a number of volunteer opportunities in Detroit.