Head Coach Joe Amplo and Assistant Coach John Orsen return to their alma mater
Tryouts will be held Sept. 7 at Valley Fields
Individual instruction & team tournaments available
John Orsen was named an assistant coach at Marquette University in May 2011. At the conclusion of the 2014 season, Orsen was promoted to the team's defensive coordinator.
"I am thrilled to announce the hiring of John Orsen as one of the first members of the Marquette men's lacrosse staff," said Amplo. "John has overachieved in everything he has done. Entering college, he was a standout offensive player and throughout his career has played every position, earning All-American honors as a senior defender and becoming one of the best players at his position in the world today."
During the 2013 season, Orsen coached the defense to a 5-8 record a #18 national ranking in ground ball margin.
In the 2014 season, Orsen's defense came up big in key games. MU posted a 4-2 record in its first season of BIG EAST play, winning each game by a single goal. The defense was key in holding St. John's and Rutgers scoreless late in the game. Against Georgetown, the defense limited the Hoays to one-second half goal allowing for a comeback victory in overtime. Defenseman B.J. Grill was unanimously named to First Team All-BIG EAST, the only defender to garner votes from all coaches. Liam Byrnes was also awarded to Second Team All-BIG EAST as a long stick midfielder.
The Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., native was a freshman during Amplo's first season as an assistant coach with the Pride. Orsen successfully transitioned from attack to defense while at Hofstra, garnering an STX/USILA Division I All-American honorable mention nod in his final season.
"I respect Joe Amplo a lot," Orsen said of his former Hofstra coach. "He's a great coach and a great person. I've always had a passion for lacrosse and I think coaching was the next step. I like getting out there with the players, breaking down film and teaching them about the sport. Marquette University is a great school. It's in the BIG EAST. It's a premier conference to be in. You get everything from a great education to great competition on the field.
As a senior in 2006, he led Hofstra to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championship, the furthest postseason run in program history. A captain in both his junior and senior seasons, Orsen was named to the 2006 All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team while leading the team to a 17-2 overall record.
He played in 57 games during his career, scoring 15 goals and tallying six assists.
Following his collegiate career, Orsen was selected in the fourth round, as the 40th overall pick, by the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse. He was also drafted by the National Lacrosse League's (NLL) New York Titans in indoor play.
He currently plays for the Colorado Mammoth of the NLL in indoor play.
In 2010, Orsen was one of 12 players named to the NLL All-Pro team after he anchored a defense that allowed the fewest goals in the league.
Orsen was a part of Team USA in the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Prague, Czech Republic in May.
He graduated from Hofstra University in 2006 with a degree in marketing and additional studies in accounting, management and finance. Prior to his role with Trilogy Lacrosse, Orsen worked at a New York-based hedge fund.
"His selfless attitude, contagious excitement, and drive to be the best will allow him to be a great mentor for our student-athletes," Amplo added. The most impressive thing about John was his desire to become a part of the Marquette community. It is most important to me to surround myself with individuals who believe in Marquette University and possess the character traits that will enable us to build a championship program. John fits those criteria perfectly."
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