McCreery Named as Adams State Lacrosse Assistant

ALAMOSA, Colo.- After successful stints as the head coach at Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association programs UC-Santa Cruz and Ole Miss, John McCreery has been named the graduate assistant coach for the new Adams State program, Grizzly director of lacrosse Jason Lamb announced Wednesday.

McCreery, who will begin his duties immediately, led the UC-Santa Cruz Banana Slugs to a 10-5 record and a No. 19 MCLA Division II national ranking in 2010 after guiding the Ole Miss Rebels for the three prior seasons (2007-09). He also served as the Director of Lacrosse at Palos Verdes High School in Los Angeles County in 2005-06.

He will be involved in all areas of the Grizzly men's lacrosse program, especially in recruiting, and will serve as the team's defensive coordinator.

At Santa Cruz, McCreery guided the Banana Slugs to the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League's Division II Championship game and coached First Team MCLA All-America midfielder Lucas Murillo and Honorable Mention All-America defenseman Chris Carlson.

He also served as the WCLL's Division II Director and served on the MCLA's National Tournament Selection Committee. He also had the opportunity to travel to Colorado as a field operations manager for the MCLA National Tournament held at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver this past May.

In his three seasons at Ole Miss, McCreery guided the Rebels to the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference Tournament twice and posted a combined winning 19-16 record. He had started the MCLA Division I program while earning a bachelor's degree in history in 2009.

Prior to the coaching at the collegiate level, McCreery had guided the Palos Verdes High School Seakings, one of the top 20 programs in California, to a combined 24-8 record in his two seasons as the head coach. He has also served as the program's junior varsity head coach losing just one game in two years after beginning his career as the head girls' coach at Woodside (Calif.) High School in 2004.

A San Francisco Bay area native, McCreery played lacrosse at the Robert Louis Stevenson School, a boarding school in Pebble Beach, Calif. He was a starting long-stick defender for the Pirates, one of the most historic high school lacrosse programs in western United States.

McCreery also has coaching experience in other areas and served as the head coach for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Vail U-17 Team in 2006 and as the director of the Redondo Beach-based South Bay Lacrosse Clinics in 2005. He also returned to Pebble Beach serving as the head midfield coach for the Nike Lacrosse Camps in the summers of 2006 and 2007 and as the assistant director of the Stevenson Lacrosse Camp in the summer of 2008.

"It is a privilege to begin the program with someone that has so much experience and ability," Lamb said. "This is a very fortunate situation to be able to be working with someone that is capable of so much," he continued.

"In John, we got a whole lot more than I was looking for in an assistant," Lamb said.

"Part of the bonus part of the package that he brings his recruiting experience and connections, that I'm sure will give us an advantage. I feel that we will complement each other well and I'm excited to have him aboard immediately."

In addition to his coaching duties with the Grizzlies, McCreery will begin work on his master's degree in Adams State's sports administration program this January.


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