Jacksonville University landed a lacrosse icon to lead its men's program when John Galloway was named head coach in June of 2016.
Galloway, one of the young legends in the sport, joined the Dolphins after a four-year stint at Providence College.
“John Galloway is exactly the right person to be the next head coach of our men's lacrosse program,” Ricker-Gilbert said. “After an exhaustive search, there was no doubt in my mind that he is who we need to lead our young men forward. John has had success at every level both playing and coaching and his passion for student-athletes and the game was evident from our first conversation. He is a person of the highest character and that trait carries more weight than any other. I am thrilled to welcome John to the JU family.”
From Syracuse, N.Y., Galloway played goalkeeper for Syracuse University and ended his college career with an NCAA-record 59 wins while playing a record 3,776 minutes. He was a two-time First Team All-American at the position, and the only goalie in Orange history to earn the honor twice. He was also the only goalie in NCAA history to win national championships in his freshman and sophomore years.
In addition to his on-field presence, Galloway was a two-time national Academic All-American and was twice named Big East All-Academic.
While at Providence, Galloway helped coach Peter Badgley to Big East Goalkeeper of the Year and All-Big East First Team honors. It was the first time in program history that a Friar had earned the accolade. He also mentored Jarrod Neumann to an All-Big East First Team selection.
In his first season as a professional with the Rochester Rattlers (Major League Lacrosse), he was named Rookie of the Year, and in his fourth season, he was crowned the 2014 Warrior Goalie of the Year.
Galloway helped lead the Rattlers to the MLL championship game and was selected to play in the MLL All-Star Game in 2015. In addition to playing professionally, he was a member of the U.S. Men's National Team in 2014.Read More
Jacksonville University men's lacrosse has added more All-American talent to its coaching ranks with the hiring of Tyler Granelli as an assistant coach, as announced by Head Coach John Galloway Thursday afternoon.
"I am beyond thrilled to welcome Tyler to the Jacksonville University family," said Galloway. "I had the pleasure of interviewing a number of qualified candidates, but I knew right when I left with Tyler that he was the type of person that I want to go to battle with. Tyler's playing resume is impressive, but what stood out was his commitment to mentoring our student-athletes beyond the lacrosse field.
"X's and O's is easy. Being willing to invest in a young man and their well-being is what separates Tyler from the pack. With Coach Granelli and Coach Liebel, I firmly believe we now have a staff that will relentlessly pursue excellence in all facets of our program."
Granelli joins the Dolphin family from Florida Southern, where he spent the 2016 season as an assistant coach in charge of recruiting and offense. He also served as an assistant coach for the South Team at the 2017 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) DI & DII North/South Game.
Granelli brings a wealth of national championship experience to JU as a player and coach, having won three Division III National Titles as a player (2009, 2011, and 2012) and one as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, Salisbury (2016).
During his time as a graduate assistant at SU, the Sea Gulls went 40-6 and had 16 USILA All-American selections.
Granelli had an outstanding career as a player at Salisbury and helped the Gulls to a 61-7 record, including a perfect 23-0 season in 2012, en route to a pair of National Championships in 2011 and 2012. He earned All-American honors his sophomore, junior, and senior years and finished his career with 426 ground balls and a 64.9 face-off win percentage (689-1,061). Granelli was also a three-time All-Capital Athletic Conference selection.
Following his playing career, Granelli spent the 2014 season as an assistant coach at Randolph-Macon College. He also served as director and coach of several lacrosse clubs in Maryland, New York, and Virginia.
A native of North Salem, N.Y., Granelli was a US Lacrosse High School All-American at John Jay High School in 2008.
He earned his bachelor's degree in communication arts, athletic coaching, and new media art from Salisbury in 2013 and continued his education, receiving his masters of education in 2016.
The Jacksonville University men's lacrosse team has added several years of coaching experience to its staff as Ryan Liebel has been added as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, head coach John Galloway announced in summer 2016.
"We are excited to be able to have Ryan join our staff and are very fortunate to get someone of his experience level,' Galloway said. Liebel, who has coached at both the collegiate and high school level, has been independently working with youth, high school, collegiate and professional lacrosse players for the past 10 years and has been actively working to provide his student-athletes with a detailed plan towards evolving into a complete and elite player.
Among his coaching experience, Liebel recently coached for two years at Division I Providence College where he mentored three All Big-East First Team players, and two Big East Second Team players.
Prior to Providence, he was head varsity coach for two years at Longmeadow (Mass.) High School. He guided Longmeadow to a 47-2 record. In 2013, he coached the team to a top-25 finish in the nation after going undefeated at 25-0, winning the Western Massachusetts championship and state championship. His accomplishments include Western Massachusetts Coach of the Year and Massachusetts Coach of the Year.
Before Longmeadow, Liebel served as head coach at Belchertown (Mass.) High School for the 2012 season where he was the recipient of the Don Johnson Sportsmanship Award.
Liebel graduated from UMass-Amherst in 2011 with a degree in legal studies and criminal justice where he played lacrosse three years. The former attack/midfielder appeared in 25 games for the Minutemen, red-shirting his senior year due to injury. While at UMass, Liebel recorded 14 goals and seven assists. Liebel was a member of the 2011 CAA finalist team, 2010 CAA semi-finalist team, 2009 NCAA quarter-finalist team and 2009 ECAC championship team.
Prior to UMass, Liebel played his freshmen year at Hobart and William Smith College for head coach Matt Kerwick, who was JU's first lacrosse coach. He played in six games recording four goals and one assist. During his high school days, Liebel attended Avon Old Farms School where he played for legendary coach Ted Garber. He was named All-American, All-New England, All-New England All-Star MVP, All-Western Mass., a two-time team MVP, two time Offensive Player of the Year and team captain.