Over the last four years, the Dublin Coffman High School boys lacrosse team has gone 42-35 -- not necessarily bad numbers but not ones to get overly excited about either.

Over the last four years, the Dublin Coffman High School boys lacrosse team has gone 42-35 -- not necessarily bad numbers but not ones to get overly excited about either.

Mark Forsythe, who was named to replace Marc Crawford as coach pending board approval, hopes he can change that.

"There's nothing wrong with Coffman lacrosse," said Forsythe, a 1999 Coffman graduate who coached the last three years at Olentangy Liberty. "I've been very impressed with them. They have the tools and the talent. The people there want to win, and I expect us to win immediately."

The Shamrocks are coming off their first losing season since 2005, finishing 9-10 overall after losing to eventual state runner-up Upper Arlington 10-9 in overtime in the first round of the Division I tournament May 27. The Bears also topped Coffman 8-7 in overtime on April 15. The Shamrocks were 3-6 in games decided by two goals or fewer, including a 12-11 overtime victory over Forsythe and the Patriots on May 20.

"When they first approached me, I didn't now how interested I was," Forsythe said. "When I went there (for the interview) I remembered what a very special place Coffman was. I couldn't say no."

"First of all Mark is well respected in the lacrosse community," Coffman athletics director Tony Pusateri said. "Add to it that he's a Coffman guy and it made him a perfect candidate. He's a good communicator and I like his demeanor and the way he carries himself. He has high expectations, and he wants to be here."

Forsythe inherits a team that returns junior attacker Evan Bowdy, who was third-team all state.

Liberty athletics director Tom Gerhardt said he understood Forsythe's draw to coaching at his alma mater.

"I don't know if he really wanted to leave, but Coffman is his home school," Gerhardt said. "I can't say enough good things about Mark. He's a first class gentleman. He's probably going to put Coffman back on the map."

Forsythe, who played goalie for Butler University, was 16-34 in thee years with Liberty. In his first season, he led the Patriots to a share of the OCC-Ohio Division title.

The Patriots struggled the next two seasons, going 3-15 in 2008 and 5-10 last spring. After playing with a majority of underclassmen the past two seasons,

Forsythe said he thought Liberty is on the verge of a breakthrough season. The Patriots expect to return three players who had more than 30 points.