Utah Refreshes Lacrosse Coaching Staff for 2013-2013

On the defensive side, goalie coach Dallas McLellan will be returning to the team and will look to work closely with new defensive coordinator Matt Duke-Rosati. Duke-Rosati will be returning home from Arizona, where he played for the Laxcats under Mickey-Miles Felton and ran the defense alongside Felton in 2013.

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Duke-Rosati attended Judge Memorial, also playing for Dave Allen. He was a two time 1st Team All-State Selection and 1st Team All-Conference selection and was also selected to participate in the National Senior Showcase in 2008. Duke-Rosati graduated from Arizona in 2012 with a Political Science and Sports Management degree.

"I am most excited about the direction of this program," said Duke-Rosati. "We have a staff in place that can take this team to the next level and I am really looking forward to being a part of that. Mickey-Miles Felton, who was just let go last season, is one of the most widely respected coaches at all levels in the country. Seeing the way he ran his program allowed me to see how a successful (50+ years of existence) program is run."

Duke-Rosati is excited to be working with Kladis, Lambert, Qualey and McLellan, but is also looking forward to playing BYU.

"At Arizona we beat them in the fall in the championship of the Best of the West and then in the Spring they edged us," said Duke-Rosati. "Growing up a Utah fan I still haven't lost my 'competitive edge' towards BYU."

"It is really the best case scenario getting these guys on board," said Kladis. "Mike Pappas and Mark Manning did a great job for our program in the past and it isn't easy to try to replace guys like that, but I really do feel that we have a perfect staff going forward to take our program to the next level."

The Utes will look to utilize their staff in the 2014 season against RMLC opponents Colorado State and Colorado as well as rivals BYU and Westminster.

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