Chris Gabrielli Named New Head Lacrosse Coach at Providence

"We are pleased to have someone with Coach Gabrielli's background and track record take the reins of our lacrosse program," said Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. "I am especially impressed with Chris' recruiting experience, which will be an important element as we seek to strengthen and improve our program. I'd like to formally welcome him to the Providence College community and wish him all the best as he begins his tenure here at PC."

Gabrielli spent the 2006 season as an assistant coach at Butler where he served as the recruiting coordinator, while working primarily with the defense. Under his mentorship, three Butler defensemen earned All-GWLL honors.

Gabrielli was a member of the coaching staff at his alma mater, Massachusetts, from 2003-05, helping the Minutemen to a 33-13 overall record with two NCAA quarterfinal berths.

Gabrielli was a member of the practice squad for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse during the 2004 season before being drafted again by the Cannons in the 2005 Supplemental Draft. In 2004, he co-founded the Mid-Summer Classic, a high school lacrosse tournament currently held on the UMass campus.

A four-year letterwinner as a defenseman at Massachusetts, Gabrielli picked up 127 ground balls and added five assists in his career. As a senior in 2001, he captained the Minutemen to a 12-2 overall record and a share of the ECAC Championship, while earning Second-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-New England honors. A two-time winner of the Eric Sopracasa "Heart and Soul Award," an honor presented annually to the UMass player who displays the most leadership and dedication to the program, Gabrielli went on to play in the 2001 North-South All-Star game and the MLL Major League Challenge.

"The chance to lead a program that has committed itself to excellence is a dream come true. Bob Driscoll, Father Shanley and Providence College have dedicated ample resources to ensure the success of Providence lacrosse. The Big East Conference demands respect, and a renewed commitment to Providence lacrosse in the form of scholarships, facilities and staff has invigorated the program with an energy and excitement for the future. Our location, academic reputation and complete college experience here at Providence College will attract the finest student-athletes that our sport has to offer."

A native of Farmingdale, N.Y., Gabrielli graduated from Massachusetts in 2001 with a degree in sport management. He and his wife, Candice, have one daughter, Grace.

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"Personally, I am thrilled for Chris. He has been with me since 2006. While I am sad to see him leave our program, Providence College has made a great choice. He is a wonderful person, who is a great teacher of the game, with a voracious appetite to learn. This is an amazing opportunity for Chris as he will be leading a Big East program. The Big East needs to be prepared as the Providence College Friars are going to be very competitive."
- John Danowski - Head Coach, Duke University

"Providence College has hit a home run with the hiring of Chris Gabrielli. To be sure, we are ecstatic for Chris, Candice and Grace to have this wonderful opportunity. During his time at Duke, Chris was instrumental in the team's success, with six-consecutive trips to Memorial Day Weekend [NCAA Men's Lacrosse Final Four], including the 2010 national championship. While we will miss Chris and his family greatly, we wish them all the best in this new endeavor."
- Kevin M. White - Vice President and Director of Athletics, Duke University

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