Utah Refreshes Lacrosse Coaching Staff for 2013-2013

Utah is pleased to announce a series of coaching changes for the 2014 season. The Utes will still be led by head coach Rick Kladis, who has formed a dynamic staff heading into the 2014 season.

The Utes enter the summer season with a fresh look on all sides of the ball. Beginning at the top, former Juan Diego head coach Pat Lambert will be taking on a true assistant coach role. Lambert is coming off an 11 year stint with the Soaring Eagle including being crowned the 2012 and 2013 Utah Boys' High School Division I Champions.

Lambert played high school lacrosse under Dave Allen at Judge Memorial where he was team captain his Junior and Senior year, winning a state championship for the Bulldogs in 1995. Lambert went on to play college lacrosse at Colorado State University for the legendary coach Flip Naumberg. At CSU, Lambert played midfield, where he won MCLA championships in 1999 and 2001.

During his tenure at Juan Diego, Lambert led the Soaring Eagle to a record of 127 wins and 50 losses, a 72% winning percentage and turned Juan Diego into a premier high school program. Following the 2013 season, Lambert accepted the position of principal of St. Joseph Catholic High School in Ogden, UT and after years of requests, finally accepted a coaching position at Utah.

"I can't say enough great things about Patrick and what he is going to bring to our program, but specifically the experience he has under his belt will be huge for our guys to learn from," said Kladis. "It's no secret our goal is to be right there with Colorado State, the two-time National Champions. Who better to help get us there than one of the guys who took them there!"

Former Ute attackman Matt Qualey has been hired to be the offensive coordinator. Qualey will be leaving the Waterford Ravens after 4 years as the offensive coordinator. Along with Dave Brattin, Qualey helped lead the Ravens to back-to-back Utah Boys High School Division II Championship games. The Ravens fell in 2012 but were able to bounce back in 2013 to become the Champions.

Qualey played attack for Lambert and the Soaring Eagle in high school, earning All-American honors in 2005. Qualey went on to an impressive college career playing lacrosse at the University of Utah where he was an MCLA Honorable Mention All-American in 2008 while receiving multiple RMLC All-Conference awards. In addition to coaching, Qualey works for Delta Air Lines and he is a diehard fan of the Utes, New York Jets, New York Mets, Tottenham Hotspur and Real Salt Lake.

"Being back with the Utes will be an unbelievable feeling," said Qualey. "The program has been evolving and growing every year since I graduated. The previous coaches have put in the groundwork and now I can try to make a successful program reach the next level. I have learned a great deal from Dave Brattin at Waterford. Patience is key, we had less players than other teams so we needed to be extremely meticulous and calculated with our offense, hopefully I can translate some of that over to the next level."

Qualey is looking forward to key RMLC games in what is widely accepted as the toughest conference in the country.

"When I coached Matt at Utah, he always stood out as not only a great athlete, but a really smart lacrosse player," said Kladis. "He's one of the guys who has a passion for the game and his time at Waterford with Dave Brattin really allowed him to experience that mental side of the game more. What he and Dave were able to do with the Ravens these last couple years speaks very clearly for his ability to bring the best out of a team."

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