Liam Byrnes and Jacob Richard will play on a Team USA squad coached by Joe Amplo
Liam Byrnes, B.J. Grill and Jacob Richard and current volunteer assistant Ryan Brown have been selected
Nicholas Eufrasio is the lone starter returning at close defense
The Marquette University men’s lacrosse program announced the addition of former All-American Jacob Richard to its coaching staff as an assistant coach on July 29, 2016. Richard, who earned his bachelor’s degree from the University in May 2016, works with the defensive unit.
“After a deliberate and thoughtful search that allowed us to interact with many great coaches, it became evident to me that hiring Jake Richard as our assistant coach was the best thing to do for Marquette Lacrosse,” Amplo said. “I have said many times that we win with people and Jake Richard is one of the best people that I have ever been around.
“What he lacks in experience was very easy to overlook when you analyze his character, desire to be great and his willingness to learn. He will make an immediate and sustained impact on our student-athletes, team and Marquette University. I am excited to work with him and most proud to now call him a peer.”
In his first season as an assistant coach, Richard helped the Marquette defense remain among the nation's best as the Golden Eagles replaced three USILA All-Americans, including himself. The MU defense allowed 9.31 goals per game in 2017 on its way to a second-straight BIG EAST tournament title and another appearance in the NCAA Championship.
At Marquette, Richard was a two-time team captain and helped lead the Golden Eagles’ unprecedented rise to national prominence in just four short seasons, culminating in their first BIG EAST Conference title and NCAA Championship appearance in 2016. The USILA Third Team All-American is one of just four All-America selections and three MLL draft picks in program history, and was the only short-stick defensive midfielder named All-BIG EAST in 2016 with second team recognition.
“I am humbled to continue my involvement with the Marquette Lacrosse program,” Richard said. “The culture that has been established in the program's first four years is one that breeds holistic development and success. I look forward to continuing that culture and creating impactful relationships with each and every player.”
The West Chester, Pennsylvania native was second among all Golden Eagles with 63 ground balls in 2016 and ended his career second all-time at MU with 193. He was a fourth-round MLL draft pick of the N.Y. Lizards and proved himself to be a valuable member of the team’s midfield as a rookie.
Richard was the recipient of Marquette’s Cura Personalis Award in 2016, recognizing the student-athlete whose attitude throughout their athletics career exemplifies the Jesuit spirit of Cura Personalis and demonstrates a commitment to the athletics program's mission of excellence in academics, athletics and leadership through service to others.
In his MU career, Richard caused 36 turnovers (third in program history) in addition to 193 ground balls, while also posting 12 goals and six assists in 61 career games. He shares the single-game program record for ground balls (9) with two other individuals and appeared in every game in the Golden Eagles’ first four seasons.
Since his high school days in Pennsylvania, Richard has been actively involved with the HEADstrong Lacrosse Club and worked various lacrosse camps around the country. At Marquette, he has worked closely with the Milwaukee Eagles wheelchair lacrosse team and the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. He has also recently been assisting the Fusion Lacrosse Club in Philadelphia.
Richard’s younger brother, Noah, is a junior long-stick midfielder for the Golden Eagles during the 2017-18 academic year.
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