Dominican (CA) Adds Four Assistant Coaches

San Rafael, CA -- With playing and coaching experience from back East to the Far East, Lane Jaffe has joined the Dominican University of California lacrosse coaching staff along with three other new assistant coaches, head coach Ned Webster announced today.

Lane arrives at Dominican from the University of California Santa Barbara where he served as an interim head coach for the Gauchos last season.

"Lane has a history of winning everywhere he's been in large part because of his vast knowledge of the game, his ability to communicate specifically and succinctly, and his energy, enthusiasm, and ability to motivate his players," Webster said. "Lane will not only coordinate our defense but, as a former goalie, he will be an invaluable resource for our goalies, helping them perfect their mechanics and their ability to direct the defense. On top of all that, Lane is a great person and a tireless worker who is the quintessential 'players' coach.' We're excited he's becoming a Penguin."

Jaffe, who has a BA in Philosophy from Rutgers University and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University, has been a three-time Coach of the Year in California. In addition, he has coached in Japan, Australia and Canada, bringing home two silver medals from the Asia Pacific Games.

In his coaching career, Jaffe has coached three MCLA All-Americans and four high school All-Americans.

"Excited might be an understatement for how I am feeling about joining the Penguin Family," Jaffe said. "I have known Coach Webster for six years now. I have seen what he has built, know what he's capable of, and I'm completely confident we will be competing for a national championship in the near future. I believe Dominican University is truly a special school, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue to build upon the foundation that has already been established."

A native of Chester, N.J., Jaffe played goalie at Rutgers University where he graduated in 1988. In 2004, he was inducted into the Newark Academy Athletic Hall of Fame for a high school All-American career that was capped when he earned 12 varsity letters and was named All-State in lacrosse, football and wrestling.

That same year, Jaffe moved to California to become the head lacrosse coach at UCLA. In 2006, he was named Western Collegiate Lacrosse League Coach of the Year. In 2007, Jaffe was named head coach at Palos Verdes High School. He was Bay League Coach of the Year that season and again in 2009. In 2010, Jaffe was selected as the West Coast representative to coach the Champion National High School All-Star Game.

Webster also announced three more assistant coaches today: Brandon Freeman, Nick Coric, and Christopher Dean.

Freeman, a two-time All State and high school All-American as a goalie in New Hampshire, was a four-year member of Ohio State University . He was team co-captain in his senior year in 2010. In 2009, he was selected All- Great Western Lacrosse League and named the Buckeyes' Defensive Most Valuable Player.

Coric comes to Dominican after leading C.W. Post to a 47-4 record and two NCAA Div. II lacrosse national championships in three years as an All-American attacker last season. Prior to that, he was a high school All-American at De La Salle in Walnut Creek.

Dean was a high school All-American in West Chester, Pa. who played lacrosse collegiately at Villanova. He currently is president of the Ross Valley LaCrosse Club where he has coached for nine years. He also is assistant coach at Marin Academy.

"Our student-athletes are in excellent hands with the addition of coaches Jaffe, Freeman, Coric and Dean and I couldn't be happier to be collaborating with these great minds," Webster said. "They're all dedicated and proactive, and I'm excited to have them joining me on this journey."

The Penguins begin their competitive season on February 19 when they host four-time NCAA Div. II champion New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).

2011-10-13



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