July 29, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Corey Bulken has joined the Ohio State men’s lacrosse staff as an assistant coach, Nick Myers, the Buckeyes’ head coach, announced. Bulken, an All-American at Le Moyne who played in the MLL, spent the last two seasons as the volunteer coach at Virginia, working with the faceoff specialists.
“We are thrilled to welcome Corey to the Buckeye lacrosse family,” Myers said. “His energy and passion to teach the game is contagious. He will make an immediate impact on our faceoff and special teams. We are all looking forward to getting Coach on campus and starting the 2016-17 year.”
In 2016, Virginia ranked 15th nationally in faceoff winning percentage (.552). The Cavaliers’ Jason Murphy was ninth in the NCAA, winning 62.4 percent of his faceoffs.
Bulken began his coaching career at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. He guided the team’s faceoff specialists to a 55 percent success rate in his first year and a 64 percent winning percentage in year two and mentored one of the Shoremen to All-America accolades. The squad reached the NCAA Tournament both seasons he was on staff after a three-year absence. He spent one season at Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C., before joining the Cavaliers.
“I am very excited and humbled to join the coaching staff at The Ohio State University,” Bulken said. “No other institution in the country has a footprint like Ohio State and its commitment to academics and athletics is second to none. I would like to thank Coach Myers and Coach Ross as well as the rest of the lacrosse staff for giving me the opportunity to join them in Columbus; they have already gone to great lengths to make me feel so welcome. I would also like to thank all of the players, their families, support staff and coaches, most importantly Dom Starsia, for my time at the University of Virginia and everyone that has helped me along my way in the coaching world. I cannot wait to become a Buckeye and do everything I can to help this program and its players compete for, and win, championships.”
At Le Moyne, Bulken was the USILA Division II Specialty Player of the Year as a senior in 2011 after leading the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage, winning 69.2 percent of his draws. He was also named Le Moyne’s Male Athlete of the Year and garnered Team MVP honors that season. He was a two-time All-American, earning first team accolades as a senior and second team recognition as a junior, and earned First Team All-Northeast 10 Conference honors twice. Bulken played in three consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship games.
Following his collegiate career, Bulken spent time in Major League Lacrosse with Charlotte and New York.
Bulken, who has worked as counselor at various camps and clinics since 2006, has been involved with a number of volunteer activities and oversaw community outreach at both Washington College and Belmont Abbey.
A native of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Bulken earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in public relations and minor in English from Le Moyne in 2011. He was accepted to the NCAA Career in Sports Forum and spent time as an intern in Le Moyne’s sports information office.