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Mike Wilus joined the men’s lacrosse program as an assistant coach starting in 2018, primarily working with the offensive unit, and was promoted to interim head coach following the retirement of Gordon Webb in January 2020. He was endorsed as head coach just two months later.

Wilus was voted LEC Coach of the Year following a record-setting season in 2023 as the team won a program-best 14 games and matched a team high with six conference victories (6-2). PSU roared out of the gates to start the year, going 7-1 through the first eight games with the lone setback coming in overtime. Wilus led the team to a six-game winning streak to close out the regular season, then soared past Eastern Connecticut State in the first round of the LEC Tournament to advance to the semifinals for the second time in three years.

The momentum was building after a strong 2022 season when Wilus guided the Panthers to a 6-11 mark in which half of the setbacks came by three goals or less. PSU went 3-5 in the Little East to reach the postseason for the 21st straight year.

Wilus earned his first career win in the team’s second game of 2020, topping Norwich University by a 10-7 mark. The Panthers were just three games into the season when the pandemic halted spring sports.

He came back in 2021 to guide the team to a 4-5 record (3-4 LEC) in a shortened season to claim the fifth seed for the LEC Tournament. PSU went on the road to upset fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut, 10-6, in the first round before falling in the semifinals.

As an assistant in 2019, Wilus helped lead the Panthers to their best LEC record in school history (6-2), the second seed for the LEC Tournament and an appearance in the championship game for the second time in program history.

Prior to joining the staff at Plymouth State, Wilus was the associate head coach at Lynn University after spending three years as the first assistant. After a 1-10 inaugural campaign, Wilus helped lead the Fighting Knights to an 8-7 tally in 2015 and 9-5 in 2016.

Wilus joined the Fighting Knights following a two-year stint at NCAA Division III Gwynedd-Mercy College. During his tenure at GMC, the Griffins posted an 18-12 overall record while going 9-4 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. Wilus’ squad made strides each season at Gwynedd-Mercy including a 10 percent increase in production for the man-up unit that ranked top-30 in Division III. In 2012, Laxpower.com named GMC as the fifth most improved team throughout NCAA Division III lacrosse.

In October 2022, Wilus was inducted into the North Penn Alumni Athletic Association Hall of Fame. A 2007 graduate of North Penn High School, Wilus set the school record for career goals (151) and points (193) and was named the 2007 Reporter Boy’s Lacrosse Player of the Year. The three-time SOL First Team and Montgomery County All-Area Team selection was also chosen as the NPHS Athlete of the Year in both is sophomore and junior seasons, while also being selected to the Play by Play Network All-Area Team as a senior.

Wilus played in 37 career games as a scholarship member of the Division I University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team from 2007-11. The Minutemen appeared in the Top-20 all four years, going a combined 32-26 and earning an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009.

Wilus also serves as a member of the Plymouth State admissions team, holding the role of Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions.