Kelam steps down at UMO


Officials from the University of Mount Olive athletic department announced Friday morning that women's head lacrosse coach Grant Kelam has stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

"We are indebted to Grant for building our women's lacrosse program from the ground up and turning it into one of the top programs in the region, if not the nation," said Jeff Eisen, vice president of athletics at UMO.

"He is a hard-working, dedicated coach, who cares deeply about his student-athletes, and we wish him well in his new venture," said Jeff Eisen, vice president of athletics at UMO.

Named the program's first-ever head coach when the sport was added in December of 2011, Kelam quickly turned the program into a powerhouse. During his tenure, the Trojans were consistently ranked nationally and compiled 96 wins, including 50 against Conference Carolinas opposition.

UMO claimed its first-ever Conference Carolinas title in 2015.

This year's team filed a 7-0 ledger and earned a No. 18 ranking among the nation's Division II schools before the COVID-19 outbreak canceled the remainder of the spring sports season.

A nationwide search is underway for Kelam's successor.


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