|PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll announced today (June 21) that Chris Gabrielli has been named head men's lacrosse coach. Gabrielli replaces Chris Burdick, who resigned in May after 14 seasons at the helm of the program.|
Gabrielli will be formally introduced at a news conference on Tuesday, June 26 at Noon. The press conference will take place in the College's Concannon Fitness Center conference room (second floor). The news conference is open to all Providence College fans and the media. The doors to the Concannon Fitness Center conference room will open at 11:30 a.m. for fans and media.
"I am thrilled to welcome Chris Gabrielli to the Friar family as head coach of our men's lacrosse program," Driscoll said. "His championship-level experience as an assistant coach, especially at Duke University, will aid him in the continued growth of our program here at Providence. The Big East Men's Lacrosse Conference is one of the premier leagues in the country, and our vision for the program is to compete for championships. I believe that Chris possesses all of the tools necessary to bring our lacrosse team to the next level."
Gabrielli comes to Providence College after spending the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Duke University, where he worked primarily with the Blue Devils' defensive unit. He also served as the program's recruiting coordinator, under the direction of current Duke Head Coach John Danowski.
"First I would like to thank those that have guided and prepared me for this incredible opportunity," Gabrielli said. "My family, coaches, and mentors, specifically Greg Cannella, Stan Ross and John Danowski, who gave me a chance to find myself as a coach, while directing my development every step of the way. Providence College is a special place, and that is a direct result of the leadership and the people. Bob Driscoll, Steve Napolillo and the entire athletic department have impressed me thoroughly with their family and team approach, and have presented Providence College to me and my family with class. I am humbled by their trust in my leadership and I am eager to build upon the strong foundation that exists in Friartown. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity."
While at Duke, Gabrielli helped guide the program to six NCAA Final Four appearances (2007-12) and two trips to the National Championship game (2007, 2010). The Blue Devils went on to win the National Championship in 2010. Duke also captured five ACC regular-season titles (2007-09, 2011-12) and four ACC Tournament titles (2007-09, 2012).
Under the watchful eye of Gabrielli, Duke's defense consistently ranked among the best nationally. Annually one of the stingiest defenses in Division I lacrosse, Duke was among the top 10 in scoring defense in 2007 and 2008 and has been among the top 25 every year under Gabrielli. In the 2010 NCAA finals, the Blue Devils held Notre Dame to just five goals in their 6-5 overtime victory, tying for the second fewest goals allowed in a NCAA championship game.
During his six seasons with the Blue Devils, Gabrielli mentored seven players to 11 All-America awards. Some of these players include Nick O'Hara, a first-team All-America choice and the 2008 William F. Schmeisser Award recipient as the national defenseman of the year, 2012 ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and four-time All-American CJ Costabile and 2008 ACC Rookie of the Year and two-time All-America selection Michael Manley. Four of Gabrielli's former student-athletes currently suit up for Major League Lacrosse squads, including Manley who was picked third overall in this year's MLL draft.