2017-2018 will be the second season of competition for the women’s lacrosse program at Ohio Valley University. Max Ruhl was chosen to start the program in the spring of 2015. All of 2016 was spent focusing on recruitment, short and long term program goals, as well as program identity. The Scots played their first game in program history on March 4, 2017 against Walsh University.
Prior to assuming the role as head of the women’s program, Max worked with the men’s lacrosse program for their strength and conditioning needs.
Ruhl’s working experience with college athletics includes: Division III varsity athletics, Division II club and varsity level athletics and Division I club level athletics. Outside of collegiate sports he has worked as the Director of Youth Lacrosse in Lee, Massachusetts from 2012-2013 and worked extensively with athletes and clients for athletic performance since 2009.
Max graduated from Ohio Valley University with an undergraduate degree in Wellness and Health Sciences. Ruhl participated with the men’s Division II club team (2006-2010) until it achieved Division II varsity status. In 2010 he received a scholarship to complete his studies.
Before returning to his alma mater, Ruhl earned a Masters of Business Administration from Frostburg State University. While at Frostburg he served as the head strength coach for the women’s lacrosse and men’s soccer programs and assisted with the men’s lacrosse and football programs.
During his time at the Division I club level, Ruhl assisted with the Ohio University men’s lacrosse program overseeing the strength and conditioning, as well as assisting with day-to-day practice agendas from 2011-2012. The team went 5-3 while Ruhl was present and progressed to the MCLA tournament where they were knocked out by Michigan State. While assisting the program, Ruhl completed his first Masters degree in Recreation and Sport Science with a Coaching Education concentration.