Trent University Names Mark Farthing New Head Coach for Men's Excalibur Lacrosse Team


Longtime local lacrosse player and coach moves from Trent assistant coach to head coach


Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Peterborough


With years of experience as an elite player and coach on his resume, it is fitting that Mark Farthing take on the new head coach role for Trent University's men's Excalibur lacrosse team.


"Trent Athletics is very pleased to have Mark take on the role of head coach for the Trent Excalibur Men's lacrosse program," said Deborah Bright-Brundle, director of Athletics and Recreation at Trent University. "I know he will build on the tradition of athletic success and support our Excalibur student-athletes in setting and achieving their individual and team high performance goals."


Mr. Farthing has been a longtime player himself. During his career as a player he won two Mann Cups as a member of the Peterborough Lakers, two titles at the Baggataway Cup as a student athlete at Brock University, took home the Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) Creator's Cup, and had the honour of playing for the Toronto Rock in the National Lacrosse League.


Along with his impressive resume as a player, Mr. Farthing has also coached lacrosse for many years. He was the defensive coordinator with Trent University's men's lacrosse team for five seasons, once earning a spot in the Baggataway Cup final, and once being named as part of the 2016 Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association coaching staff of the year. He also served a year as the defensive coach for the Peterborough Jr. A Lakers, and has led the Peterborough Bantam A Lakers to provincial gold. He is currently coaching with Evolve Elite lacrosse.


Commenting on his new role, Mr. Farthing said, "I have spent time in the lacrosse world for as long as I can remember. It's part of who I am, and what I do. The program that's been established here at Trent is top-tier. I look forward to building upon this program in the coming years. Trent University will be a force to be reckoned with on the lacrosse field for years to come."


Mr. Farthing, who was the assistant coach of the team this past year, will start his role as head coach this May.


About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.