JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A program standout returns to the sidelines for Jacksonville University men's lacrosse as 2018 graduate Hunter Forbes joins the team as a volunteer assistant coach, as announced Tuesday by Dolphin head coach John Galloway.
Forbes will work closely with the Dolphins' faceoff and rope units, as well as expanding outreach to the North Florida lacrosse community.
"We are privileged to welcome Hunter Forbes back into the Jacksonville University community. While Hunter will no longer be lacing up the cleats, his experience on the field and passion for the University will be welcome additions to our coaching staff for the 2019 season," stated Galloway.
"I am very excited to have another opportunity to be a part of the JU Lacrosse family and Duval Mission," added Forbes. "I want to thank Coach Galloway for allowing me to join the staff; coaching at a program and school like Jacksonville, where the team is on the rise and the administration is one-hundred percent behind them, is one of the best learning opportunities I could have ever hoped for."
The 2018 Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Forbes capped his collegiate career with a plethora of program and conference records to lead the Dolphins to their first-ever appearance in the SoCon Tournament Championship. A First Team All-SoCon and All-Tournament Team selection as a senior, the Woodstock, Ga. native was drafted in the fifth round (40th overall) by the Atlanta Blaze of Major League Lacrosse (MLL).
Nearly every record in the SoCon relating to faceoffs belongs to Forbes: he holds the league's single-game (18), single-season (159), and career (300) records in ground balls; the single-game (.920, 23-25), single-season (.705, 258-366), and career (.612, 589-963) records in faceoff win percentage; the single-game (23) and career (589) records for faceoffs won; and the single-season (10.60) and career (6.82) records for ground balls per game.
He also captured the SoCon's top two and seven of the top 12 single-game ground ball performances, six of the top 12 single-game faceoff performances, and tied the SoCon Championship records in faceoffs won (17) and ground balls (19) in 2018.
Perhaps most impressive, Forbes graduated in three years, earned his MBA with a 4.0 GPA, and finished third in the nation in faceoff win percentage to earn the distinction of USILA Scholar All-American – the Dolphins' first in program history.
"Hunter is arguably the most impactful player to ever go through this program, and both players and coaches will benefit from his presence back in Duval," continued Galloway. "I am most excited for the impact Hunter will have on our student-athletes off the field. ... Now an employee at Black Knight Financial, Hunter exhibits every trait that we strive for in our student-athletes."