Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Stags' Men's Lax Coaching Update

I recently talked to Joe Lombardi again from the Journal News about the Fairfield men's lacrosse opening. He agrees (and so do I, for that matter) with Matt DeSilva's article in Lax Magazine that Fairfield needs to move quickly to avoid having to play too much catch-up in the fall.

He also sees a high-profile coach as a distinct possibility: "I think Gene Doris will proceed the way he did with the men's hoops opening - namely aim high. As you recall, Fran Fraschilla and Pete Gillen were some of the names that first surfaced after Tim O'Toole's departure."

Here's his thoughts on some of the top candidates in the vacancy:

Scott Marr, Albany: "I think Marr would certainly consider it but probably we need to see that there is administrative support of the program and a few other things, etc. My sense though is that he may have taken Albany's program as far as it could go and he may be interested in a new challenge."

Mike Pressler, Bryant: "I'm not sure how locked in Pressler is at Bryant. I know he is loyal to them because they gave him the opportunity after the Duke situation - and he and his family love Rhode Island. But he is a Wilton High grad and Fairfield could very well be intriguing for him"

As for some top assistants from premier programs (i.e. Ed Cooley three years ago), Lombardi mentioned Hopkins associate head coach Bill Dwan as a hot name among in D-I circles as an up-and-coming stud head coach.


tryon said...

you have got to be out of your minds
Scott Marr leave Albany to go to Fairfield - uhhhh NO.
Maryland - yes
Hopkins - yes
Fairfield - keep dreaming

Anonymous said...

Albany may have a strong program, but the America East is not nearly as strong as the ECAC, even after all the changes in the ECAC. There's more room to build at Fairfield, where lax could easily become and is already on its way to being the top sport.