Coast Guard Welcomes Two New Coaches

New London, Conn. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is pleased to welcome two new members to their lacrosse coaching staff. Gary Weller joins Brian Krautler as co-head coach this year. Weller is a Long Island native with a long lacrosse history in Southeast Connecticut. Weller, of Gales Ferry, joins the Coast Guard staff after retiring as head coach at both Mitchell College and Ledyard High School, where he also served as Assistant Athletic Director for eight years.

During his tenure at Ledyard, Weller is credited with starting the varsity and junior varsity programs for boys' and girls' and compiling a 65-34 record. In 2005, Weller was named the Division II High School Lacrosse Coach of the Year for the State of Connecticut. In 2002, Weller was involved with starting the Ledyard Youth Lacrosse League for children in second through eighth grade. A graduate of Hofstra University, Weller played both varsity lacrosse and football at the NCAA Division I level. Weller was the crease attackman for the "Flying Dutchmen" (now the Pride) in the early 1970s, when the team was consistently one of the top lacrosse programs in the country.

Krautler said "Weller is an outstanding coach with a long history of success and we are very excited to have him aboard. His vast knowledge of the game and his talents at developing players will take the Coast Guard Academy Lacrosse program to the next level. Coach Weller knows the game, but more importantly, he knows how to help us graduate leaders of character for the U.S. Coast Guard through the sport of lacrosse. The Coast Guard Academy Men's Lacrosse program has a great tradition of success, but one of our challenges is that our coaches have tended to be military officers who have to transfer out after three or four years. Coach Weller changes that. He'll stay on when the other coaches transfer and be able to maintain continuity in the program."

Joining Weller is Dan Ursino, a native of Springfield, Massachusetts. LCDR Ursino is a 1999 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, who played midfield during the 1997 and 1998 seasons, and was a member of the varsity Wrestling Team for four seasons.

Coach Ursino has served aboard two Coast Guard Cutters, the USCGC CONFIDENCE (WMEC 619) homeported in Port Canaveral, Florida and the USCGC ACTIVE (WMEC 618) homeported in Port Angeles, Washington. Coach Ursino has served ashore at Base San Juan in Puerto Rico and Engineering Unit (CEU) Miami, FL where he deployed as a member of the Disaster Assessment Team and responded to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

Weller and Ursino will make immediate impacts for the Bears, as they replace two extremely knowledgeable, dedicated coaches in LT Marty Berg and LT Nick Parker, who both transferred to new assignments this summer. LT Berg is now the Construction Manager at Civil Engineering Unit Alameda, CA while LT Parker is the Technical Contract Manager for the Coast Guard's National Security Cutters, the newest ships in the Coast Guard Fleet. LT Berg and LT Parker departed the Coast Guard Academy as part of the normal career rotation for officers, who tend to serve for three to four years in each assignment. Coach Krautler said, "We wish Coach Berg and Coach Parker all the best and thank them for all of their support of Coast Guard Lacrosse. It's tough to lose two great coaches in one year, but we know we're in great hands with Coach Weller and Coach Ursino."


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