Kyle Georgalas Joins the Army Lacrosse Staff

WEST POINT, N.Y. Kyle Georgalas, a former first team All-Ivy League, honorable mention All-America selection and later five-year assistant coach at Cornell, joined Army's lacrosse staff as an assistant coach, as announced by seventh-year head coach Joe Alberici on Monday morning.

"We are extremely excited to have Kyle on board and more than happy to welcome him into the Army lacrosse family," Alberici said. "He has already proven to be extremely intelligent, has a tremendous work ethic and brings a great competitive spirit that I think our guys will really be able to relate to and also benefit from."

Georgalas replaces Mike Murphy, who departed West Point for the head coaching position at Colgate earlier this month. Georgalas spent five years as an assistant coach at his alma mater Cornell. During his nine years with the Big Red as both a player and assistant coach, Cornell posted a 102-37 record, won outright or shared eight Ivy League titles and made three Final Four appearances. During his five years on the sidelines, he helped Cornell post at least 11 wins each season, including a 15-1 showing in 2007.

"I was fortunate as a player and coach to be around excellent minds of the game during my tenure in Ithaca," Georgalas said. "My appreciation goes to all those involved with the Cornell lacrosse program in helping shape the coach I am today. I would like to thank Coach Alberici and the Army Athletic Association for this opportunity. I look forward to representing the U.S. Military Academy and am excited to become a part of the Army lacrosse family."

Georgalas tackled a bevy of responsibilities during his time as an assistant coach, broadening his skills in all areas. On the field, Georgalas was in charge of face-offs and substitutions, while assisting in all facets of the defensive unit. He also served as the staff's recruiting coordinator. All of these roles will prepare him to take on Murphy's vacancy at Army, as the latter charged the Black Knights' face-off unit, substitution box and goalkeepers.

In 2009, Georgalas helped lead Cornell to a 13-4 record and its first trip to the national championship game since the 1988 season. The Big Red also posted a mark of 5-1 in the Ivy League, winning a share of its seventh-straight Ivy League title, the longest stretch since Cornell won 10-straight championships between 1974 and 1983.

The Big Red added another title in Georgalas' final season in 2010. He coached a face-off unit that ranked 10th in the country with a .552 winning percentage in 2009. The unit was carried by John Glynn '09, who finished the year ranked eighth in the country with a .574 winning percentage.

In 2008, Georgalas helped the Big Red to an 11-4 record and its sixth straight Ivy League title with a mark of 5-1 in the conference. Georgalas helped Cornell become one of the most dominating face-off teams in the country that year, finishing the season ranked third in the nation with a .631 win percentage. Under his tutelage, Cornell utilized two players in the "x" and they finished the year ranked first and second in the Ivy League, respectively. Glynn's mark of .633 was good enough for third in the nation.

In just his second season, Georgalas helped Cornell to one of the greatest campaigns in recent years as the Big Red capped an undefeated regular season (13-0) with the program's first trip to the national semifinals since 1988. The team finished the year with a 15-1 record, one victory shy of the school record and finished its Ivy League schedule with a perfect 6-0 mark. That season, the team won over 50 percent of its face-offs for the first time since 2004.

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2011-08-15



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