DURHAM, N.C. — Head Coach John Danowski announced that Chris Gabrielli has joined the Duke men's lacrosse coaching staff as an assistant coach.
Gabrielli comes to Durham after spending one season as an assistant coach at Butler where he served as the Bulldogs' recruiting coordinator while working primarily with the defense.
"We're certainly excited to have Chris join the Duke lacrosse family," Danowski said. "He is a quality young coach with great enthusiasm for lacrosse and will be a valuable asset to the program."
Prior to his stint in Indianapolis, Gabrielli was a member of the coaching staff at his alma mater, Massachusetts, for three seasons. Gabrielli was a member of the practice player 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 the 14th round. In 2004, the Farmingdale, N.Y., native co-founded the Mid-Summer Classic, a high school lacrosse tournament currently held on the UMass campus.
A four-year letterman as a defenseman at Massachusetts, Gabrielli was credited with 127 ground balls and 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.
Gabrielli graduated from Massachusetts in 2001 with a degree in sport management. He is married to the former Candice Diapice of Farmingdale, N.Y.