Oct. 8, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's lacrosse program announced that it will be hosting a free coaches clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 16th from 7-9:30 p.m. The clinic will be held in the new, state of the art video room that is housed in newly renovated Schneider Arena that serves as the new home of the Friar lacrosse program.
In addition to a new video room, the lacrosse program has added a new locker room, player's lounge, office space, weight room and training room. Expanding beyond the new training facilities, the construction of Chapey Field, due to a generous donation from Mike and Maura Chapey will begin in the coming year. Chapey Field will serve as the Friars' home field.
The clinic will be run by Head Coach Chris Gabrielli and assistant coaches, John Galloway and Brett Holm. The coaching staff enters its second season at Providence College. In their debut campaign, the trio led the Friars to an overall record of 8-8. The staff brought an aggressive and fast paced mentality that allowed for the Friars' most successful season since 2006. In addition, each member of the Friars' staff has been a part of winning an NCAA National Championship, and together, combine for four titles.
"Our Coaches Clinic is open to all youth, high school, club and college coaches. Our hope is that Coaches in New England take advantage of this opportunity to share some ideas and discuss new techniques and philosophies with my staff and I."
The free clinic will open at 7:00 p.m. with Head Coach Chris Gabrielli discussing "off ball defense." At 7:45 p.m. Coach Holm will transition into a discussion on "two man game offense." Following Coach Holm, Morris will present on "shooting" and John Galloway will wrap up the clinic with a talk on "goaltending and the clearing game. " Upon the conclusion of the coaches presentations, the floor will be opened to attendees for a question and answer period.
"My staff and I, along with local product Sean Morris are excited to share some ideas with our fellow Coaches in New England!" Gabrielli stated. "Our state of the art new facilities provide a platform for teaching and learning that we must share with our local lacrosse community, and this terrific opportunity to give back to the game that has provided us with so much."
Gabrielli came to Providence College in 2012 after spending the six seasons as an assistant coach at Duke University, where he worked primarily with the Blue Devils' defensive unit. He also served as the program's recruiting coordinator, under the direction of current Duke Head Coach John Danowski. While at Duke, Gabrielli helped guide the program to six NCAA Final Four appearances (2007-12) and two trips to the National Championship game (2007, 2010). The Blue Devils went on to win the National Championship in 2010. Duke also captured five ACC regular-season titles (2007-09, 2011-12) and four ACC Tournament titles (2007-09, 2012).
Gabrielli spent the 2006 season as an assistant coach at Butler where he served as the recruiting coordinator, while working primarily with the defense. In addition, Gabrielli was a member of the coaching staff at his alma mater, Massachusetts, from 2003-05, helping the Minutemen to a 33-13 overall record with two NCAA quarterfinal berths.
A four-year letterwinner as a defenseman at Massachusetts, Gabrielli picked up 127 ground balls and added five assists in his career. As a senior in 2001, he captained the Minutemen to a 12-2 overall record and a share of the ECAC Championship, while earning Second-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-New England honors. A two-time winner of the Eric Sopracasa "Heart and Soul Award," an honor presented annually to the UMass player who displays the most leadership and dedication to the program, Gabrielli went on to play in the 2001 North-South All-Star game and the MLL Major League Challenge.
Galloway also joined the Friars in 2012. Before Providence, he spent one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Duke University where he worked closely with the goalkeepers and defensive unit. His stint at Duke followed a stellar four-year career as a goalkeeper at Syracuse University. A two-time First-Team All-America goaltender for the Orange, Galloway departed Syracuse as one of the most decorated players in program history. In 2011, he was the winner of the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the nation's best goalkeeper. He also became just the second goalkeeper in history to be named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, lacrosse's highest honor. He is the only goalie in NCAA history to win a NCAA title as a freshman and sophomore.
Galloway was recently named to the 52-man roster that makes up the U.S. Men's Lacrosse National Team training roster. In addition, Galloway plays for the Rochester Rattlers, a member of the MLL.
Before joining the Friars in 2012, Holm four seasons at Tufts University as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator (2009-12). While with the Jumbos, Holm worked closely with the program's face-off unit and defense. During his tenure on the sidelines, Tufts made four-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2009-2012, including three trips to the Final Four. The Jumbos captured the NCAA title in 2010, finished as NCAA runner-up in 2011 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals in 2012. During Tufts' NCAA title run in 2010, Holm was honored as USILA National Assistant Coach of the Year and also served as a head coach at the East-West All-Star Game. In four seasons as an assistant coach at Tufts, the program compiled a 68-11 overall record.
Holm also enjoyed an impressive playing career at Tufts, where he was a two-sport stand-out in football and lacrosse. He earned All-New England honors in 2006 and was an All-NESCAC selection in 2005. The two-time team captain also earned the Beggattaway Award for hard work and determination in 2006 and 2008.
Joining the Friars' coaching staff will be Sean Morris, a graduate from UMass who earned first team All-American Honors. Morris too has some championship experience. He led the minutemen to the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship game in 2006. He was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year (2005-06) and one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding collegiate lacrosse player in the united states (2005-06). Morris has also played professionally for teams in both Major League Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League.
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