Sean Farrell Named New Head Lacrosse Coach at MSOE

MILWAUKEE - Former Carthage College assistant coach and United States Navy veteran Sean Farrell was named as the new head coach of the MSOE lacrosse program by Director of Athletics Dan Harris.

Farrell assumes the role after five seasons as an assistant under Carthage head coach David Neff. Farrell played an immense role in building the Carthage program from the ground up, taking a 3-7 team in the program's inaugural year of 2009 and turning it into one that went 15-4 overall last season and finished second in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference. Farrell was responsible for implementing video analysis, a recruiting databse and lacrosse-specific strength and conditioning program for Carthage. The Red Men have an all-time record of 49-27 in men's lacrosse with Farrell and Neff on the coaching staff for each of the program's first seasons.

As a player, Farrell was part of Nassau County Community College's 2001 National Junior College Athletic Association national championship team after playing the 2000 season at Adelphi College. In 2002-03, Farrell attended Stony Brook and helped the program make its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. During his collegiate career, Farrell got his first experience with coaching during the off-season, working as an assistant for the Long Island Sting club program from 2000-03.

After college, Farrell enlisted as a Combat Corpsman with the Navy and served actively from 2004-09. Farrell served two tours of duty in the Iraq War, one in 2006 and another in 2007-08, working extensively alongside infantry units from the United States Marine Corps and at one point acting as a team leader for a fire team of Marines. As a corpsman, Farrell's duties included those of a field medic, aiding and transporting soldiers wounded in battle.

Upon completion of his duties, Farrell returned to Stony Brook, where he finished his degree in European History in 2009. While at Carthage, Farrell received his Masters in Education in 2012.

Harris was pleased to have a coach with ties to the Northeastern United States, where lacrosse is most popular. "I am excited to have attracted such a qualified and personable coach as Sean to MSOE," Harris said. "I am confident that he will point our lacrosse program in the right direction and develop a team that will make the university proud. Not only does he have many contacts in the lacrosse hotbeds, but he is a tireless worker who knows how to get the job done."

Farrell replaces Robin Buckley, who had been the first and only head coach in MSOE Lacrosse history. The program recently completed its fourth season with a 1-12 record. Overall, MSOE is 2-41 all-time in lacrosse.

Harris also announced that the lacrosse team will be moving its 2014 home games to the revolutionary new athletic field under construction across from the Kern Center. While use for soccer was previously announced, the artificial-turf field, situated atop a functional parking structure, will allow MSOE to bring lacrosse on-campus.

Previously, home games were played at either Time Warner Cable Field at Uihlein Park or at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wis. Construction on the facility is ongoing, but is expected to be complete in time for the 2013 Men's and Women's Soccer seasons.

"With the new facility opening soon, I believe we have found the right coach to build a solid program," Harris said.

2013-07-22



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