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Next Griffs men's lacrosse coach is Canisius Hall of Famer Miyashita

Canisius College tapped a former player to take over its men's lacrosse program, naming Mark Miyashita as head coach Thursday.

Miyashita succeeds Randy Mearns, who stepped down in June after guiding Canisius for 19 seasons and two NCAA Tournament berths to take over as coach of the new men's lacrosse program at St. Bonaventure.

Miyashita, the fourth coach in Griffs history, returns after serving as an assistant the past four seasons at Sacred Heart University.

"We are excited to return to our alma mater in Western New York to help develop not only great lacrosse players, but more importantly, great young men that will be leaders on campus and in the community during their time at Canisius and beyond," said Miyashita, a native of British Columbia whose wife is from Cheektowaga. "I look forward to building upon the core foundation that is in place and am excited about the next chapter in Canisius lacrosse."

Miyashita is a member of the Canisius Hall of Fame and ranks as the program's all-time leader in faceoff percentage (.593) and ground balls (329) as well as seventh in points (145), eighth in assists (74) and 15th in goals (71).

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