ANN ARBOR — Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel is completely overhauling the department’s two lacrosse programs.
Manuel announced Tuesday that both men’s lacrosse coach John Paul and women’s coach Jennifer Ulehla have been fired from their respective positions.
Paul, the only men’s coach the program has had in its six years as a varsity sport, has gone 2-24 in league games and 23-61 overall. The Wolverines finished 8-6 this past year, giving Paul his best record as the program’s head coach.
Paul was hired by former Michigan AD Dave Brandon after a successful 14-year run as the department’s club lacrosse coach.
Ulehla was hired by Brandon to start the women’s program in 2011 and after four seasons as head coach, she went 1-21 in league play, 20-49 overall.
In 2018, Michigan’s lacrosse programs will move into a new South Competition and Performance center, a facility dedicated to lacrosse that will feature a 2,000-seat venue and locker room facilities dedicated to the sport.
“We are extremely grateful to John for his personal and professional investment in helping to build the varsity lacrosse program. John has invested over two decades in the growth of lacrosse at the University of Michigan and we owe a debt of gratitude to John for getting the men’s lacrosse team to this point. Building a program is no easy task and, through his efforts, we are in position to take another step competitively on the national level,” Manuel said in a statement. “After evaluating our women’s lacrosse program, I have determined that a change is necessary at this time. We are thankful to Jenny for her efforts in starting the program, and wish her success in the future.”
Manuel will begin a national search for both jobs immediately.