Joe Breschi Named UNC Head Coach

Joe Breschi Named UNC Head Coach

Joe Breschi Named UNC Head Coach

Joe Breschi Named UNC Head Coach

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Joe Breschi, a 1990 University of North Carolina alumnus, first-team All-America defenseman and former assistant coach for the Tar Heels, became the 12th head men's lacrosse coach in Carolina history in an announcement Wednesday by Tar Heel Director of Athletics Dick Baddour. Breschi comes to Chapel Hill from The Ohio State University where he has served as the head men's lacrosse coach for the past 11 seasons. Breschi was an assistant coach at UNC and Brown for seven seasons prior to his stint in Columbus with the Buckeyes and has 18 seasons of collegiate coaching experience overall.

"I'm happy to welcome Joe Breschi as our lacrosse coach at Carolina," said Baddour. "Joe has done an outstanding job of building a fine program at Ohio State. I'm thrilled that he has decided to accept our offer. Joe had a tremendous playing career in Chapel Hill and it will be great to have him back as part of our athletic family."

"I'd like to thank Athletic Director Dick Baddour for the tremendous opportunity to be the head lacrosse coach at my alma mater," said Breschi "I made a commitment to be a Tar Heel 22 years ago to Hall of Fame Coach Willie Scroggs and now I have a chance to give back to the University, Alumni and Carolina lacrosse family that had an extraordinary impact on my life. My family is thrilled for the new challenge that lies ahead and we can't wait to hit the ground running in Chapel Hill."

A native of Baltimore, Md., and a 1986 alumnus of the Loyola-Blakefield School, Breschi compiled a 92-63 overall record in his 11 years at OSU along with a 34-18 regular-season Great Western Lacrosse League mark. The Buckeyes shared GWLL regular-season titles in 1999, 2003 and 2008 and won the conference championship outright in 2004. The Buckeyes have had seven winning seasons in their last eight years and have made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003, 2004 and 2008. Under Breschi, Ohio State had three double-figure winning seasons, going 10-3 in 1999, 12-4 in 2004 and 11-6 this past season.

In Breschi's 11th season at OSU in 2008, the Buckeyes enjoyed their most successful campaign in school history. Ohio State finished 11-6 overall and won its first NCAA Tournament game in history by defeating No. 8-seeded Cornell 15-7 in the NCAA first round on the Big Red's home field in Ithaca, N.Y. The Buckeyes shared the Great Western Lacrosse League regular-season title with Notre Dame and Denver and reached the finals of the first-ever GWLL Tournament. Amongst the Buckeyes 11 wins in 2008 was a 14-11 triumph over North Carolina on April 12, 2008 in Baltimore. It was Ohio State's first in 14 tries versus the Tar Heels.

Four Buckeyes were named All-Americas in 2008, including second-team attackman Kevin Buchanan, who was also the fifth pick in last month's Major League Lacrosse draft. Four Buckeyes were GWLL first-team selections in '08 and another four were second-team choices. He has coached Ohio State players to 128 academic All-Big Ten honors and 217 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete awards in his 11 seasons at Columbus. Breschi is a three-time GWLL coach of the year selection, gaining the nod in 1999, 2003 and 2004.

Breschi was one of the finest lacrosse players in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference while playing for legendary UNC lacrosse coach Willie Scroggs from 1987-90. He was also a member of two U.S. National Teams. After graduating from Carolina in 1990, Breschi coached at his alma mater for two seasons before going to Brown University as the head assistant coach from 1993-97. Breschi was the chief assistant at UNC under Dave Klarmann in 1991 and 1992 and was part of a staff that captured ACC titles in 1991 and 1992 and UNC's fourth NCAA title in 1991. The Tar Heels compiled a stellar 28-3 record during Breschi's assistant coaching stint.

Success at North Carolina came not only as a coach for Breschi, but also as a player. He was an All-ACC selection in both 1989 and 1990 and was selected to play in the prestigious USILA North-South All-Star game in 1990. He was a first team All-America pick on defense in 1990 and an honorable mention All-America in 1989. After captaining the Tar Heels his senior season to the NCAA semifinals and an ACC title, Breschi was selected as UNC's nominee for the 1990 Anthony J. McKevlin Award, given annually to the outstanding male athlete in the ACC. In 2002, Breschi was named to the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference 50th Anniversary Men's Lacrosse Team, honoring the Top 50 players in league history. He was a member of U.S. National Teams that played in the World Lacrosse Games in 1994 and 1998. Breschi earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Carolina in 1990.

Breschi and his wife Julie have five children, the late Michael Breschi as well as, Samantha, 6, Abigail, 4, Lucy, 2, and Emily, 1.

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Carolina Made An Awesome Choice!
    by (#136419) on 6/18/08 @4:53PM
Carolina has a tradition of keeping it "in the family" when it comes to hiring coaches, and they did that once again in this case. And, they made an awesome decision. Joe has plenty of head coaching experience and being at his alma mater has to be very special for him. He was able to recruit great players from all over to go to Ohio State. If he could recruit so well at Ohio State, chances are that he will be able to recruit even better at North Carolina. As someone mentioned, besides UVA, Carolina should be the easiest sell for top talent. However, even if a school is an easy sell for talent, in order to recruit great, you need to have a coach who can recruit great and relate to people. Carolina hasn't had a coach who could do that since the great Willie Scroggs, who resigned in 1990.

To tell you the truth, Joe is inheriting some pretty good talent right now. And, as soon has he gets some players of his own, watch out! Congrats to both UNC and Joe Breschi! Now, the question is, while he bring in his own assistants or keep the ones from the previous staff?
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Told ya' so...
    by (#3651) on 6/18/08 @10:29PM
I forecasted this the day Haas' firing was posted. UNC historically doesn't hire outside "the family." It was obvious and an easy choice for Breschi to make... better campus, weather, co-eds & quality of life and much easier recruiting.

Er, uh, Napster remember this ... "That all leads me to believe just a little bit more that Joe Breschi might well stay at Ohio State." ... OOOPS!
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Yep, I Did Say That!
    by (#136419) on 6/19/08 @12:04AM
And good call! You nailed it! To tell you the truth, I thought that, if Zimmerman didn't take the job, Joe would probably take it.

By the way, since Ohio State Lacrosse is getting so much better and since lacrosse is getting so much bigger in Ohio, I bet that Ohio State will hire someone good to take Breschi's place. I wonder who it will be. I personally think that Bobby Benson, the OC at Hopkins, might be able to do a good job. Bobby has been in his current position for two years and has done a fine job. Hey, Hopkins went to two title games with him, and won one. Of course, it might be a risk, because Bobby, 27, doesn't have much coaching experience. But I think it might be a risk worth taking. Don't forget that Bobby has ties to OSU, because his younger brother, Joe, transfered there from Hopkins.
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Ohio State Lacrosse
    by (#198198) on 6/19/08 @4:10PM
I am a Columbus, Ohio native, born and bred a Buckeye, I attend The Ohio State University and I just want to congratulate North Carolina and Coach Breschi. NC is such a beautiful school and Chapel Hill is such a great area, especially when you're an alum. Since I started playing lacrosse I never understood why Ohio State has not been a solid lacrosse school year in and year out. We don't have all the players like MD, NJ, and NY but the school and facilities here are incomparably better than those at many of the other top D1 schools. Kids on the east coast need to visit and understand the experience you get when you come to Ohio State. To look at Ohio State though, when you see the growth of lacrosse, especially in central Ohio, why do they not put more money into hiring a coach who is along the lines of a Petro, Desko, or Cottle? We could buy anyone but they just don't support anything at the school like they do football and basketball and that is why we will never win a National Championship in lacrosse. The Buckeyes need someone who is established and whos name is known throughout the lacrosse community. We need a National Title in lacrosse because we pretty much have more than one in every other sport.
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Two Coaches To Think About For OSU
    by (#136419) on 6/19/08 @4:49PM
I mentioned Benson at Hopkins, but two other coaches who are at somewhat mid-major schools who definitely would be able to take the next step are Seth Tierney of Hofstra and Chris Bates of Drexel. Both coaches are very experienced, young(Seth is 37, Chris is 40), and, if either went to Ohio State, he would have more money, better athletic facilities, and wouldn't really be in the shadows of many other programs in that region. Chris led Drexel to a 13-4 record in 2008, beat UVA in 2007, and has recruited great for what Drexel has to offer. Seth Tierney has done a fine job in his two years at Hofstra. Before that, he was the longtime top assistant and OC at Hopkins.

Another coach would be Marc Van Arsdale, who has been the top assistant at UVA for many years. He was also the head coach at Penn for awhile. I think that he would be very capable of doing a fine job at Ohio State. However, he may be waiting for the UVA head job to open up when Dom Starsia calls it quits.
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    by (#91657) on 6/20/08 @9:37AM
It all comes down to money. Yeah, we can afford to throw money at a coach, but lacrosse isn't going to make anything back. Without an established program schools usually aren't willing to shell out a ton for coaches.

And it's not like the local talent is that great, the people who are good from places like UA go elsewhere, and we get stuck with the second tier local players. It was getting better, but still not good enough to just throw money at a coach. Not saying it won't happen, but that's the biggest reason why.
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    by (#198198) on 6/26/08 @2:04PM
With the growing popularity of the sport, especially here in Columbus, and this great opportunity, it would be absolutely ignorant for you to say that about the money and Ohio State. Lacrosse players aren't athletes who use the university as a stepping stone to make money in a professional league. They represent the school in completely different way, one that the educators appreciate much more.I'm not talking Thad Matta contracts but we can afford whoever we want. This university wants to be the best at everything and will use whatever means to do so.
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