Grill and Brown added to Lacrosse Staff
Sept. 16, 2016
MILWAUKEE –The Marquette University men’s lacrosse program has added two members to its staff for the 2017 season, enlisting decorated former defenseman B.J. Grill as director of lacrosse operations, and ex-Johns Hopkins sniper Ryan Brown as a volunteer assistant coach.
The additions of Grill and Brown bring added professional and collegiate experience to the Marquette staff, as the duo will join recently anointed assistant coach and former MU All-American Jacob Richard on the sidelines for the Golden Eagles. Each of the new staff members were selected in the 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft, as the Charlotte Hounds took Brown with the draft’s fourth overall pick while Grill went 40th overall to the Denver Outlaws.
“The opportunity to have two people with tremendous backgrounds on my staff was too good to pass up on,” Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. “B.J. Grill was our first recruit here at Marquette and there is nobody that this program means more to. I know that his impact on our daily operation will make all of us better and I cannot wait to work alongside of him in a different role.”
Grill was selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team in both 2014 and 2015, and was named a USILA Third Team All-American for his efforts as a graduate student in 2016. The Bridgewater, New Jersey, native served as team captain each of the last two seasons for the Golden Eagles, and was an integral part of Marquette’s BIG EAST Championship crown and first NCAA tournament appearance last year.
"Marquette University and the men's lacrosse program has offered me opportunities of a lifetime over the previous five years,” Grill said. “When Coach Amplo offered me the Director of Operations position I was instantly ecstatic and could not believe the opportunity in front of me to remain a part of the Marquette lacrosse family and contribute to a program that has given me so much. Working with an outstanding coaching staff and team is going to be incredible and I am thrilled to be a part of the next generation of Marquette Lacrosse."
Grill was also one of five lacrosse student-athletes across the nation to be honored as a Senior CLASS Award First Team Senior All-American. The Senior CLASS award is an honor which focuses on the totality of the student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform as athletes to make positive impacts in their community.
He ended his career second all-time at MU with 55 caused turnovers and registered 29 ground balls in 2016.
The BIG EAST Championship was not Grill’s only title this season as he helped the Outlaws to the MLL Championship as a starting defenseman. Grill played in 10 regular season contests after joining the squad and posted 26 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers on the year. In his last regular season meeting against Brown and the Charlotte Hounds on July 30, Grill notched a season-best five ground balls and recorded his only assist of the year.
Grill’s younger brother, Nick, is a freshman defenseman on the squad this season.
Brown was an offensive force during his tenure at Johns Hopkins, totaling 159 goals and 209 points throughout his four-year career. Behind his scoring output, Brown ranks second in school history in career goals and seventh in points. The Sykesville, Maryland, native, was an All-Big Ten First Team performer and was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year after the 2015 season, where the attacker notched an impressive 61 goals and 77 points. He was also a USILA Second Team All-American for the second year in a row following the conclusion of his senior year.
"I am overly excited to join the Marquette men's lacrosse staff,” Brown said. “The program has a great culture and incredible work ethic that makes it a terrific spot to coach and learn. The city of Milwaukee is also an awesome place to live and work. When I spoke with Coach Amplo about the opportunity to coach here I was excited and couldn't say no to this awesome opportunity."
Brown posted 23 goals and seven assists during his rookie campaign with the Charlotte Hounds and helped the squad to the playoffs where they fell to the Ohio Machine in the MLL semifinals. He posted a season-best six goals on two occasions and a pair of tallies against the Machine in the playoffs.
“Ryan Brown’s playing career speaks for itself and as I got to know him better, I quickly realized how impactful he can become as a coach,” Amplo said. “He has a knowledge for shooting and the personality to mentor our players. The fact that he played at Johns Hopkins and for a staff who I have tremendous respect for is an added bonus. I look forward to learning from him and seeing the impact he can make on the Marquette Lacrosse culture. “
Marquette has recorded double digit wins in each of the last two seasons and set new program bests of 11 overall victories and four conference wins in 2016. The Golden Eagles burst into the national polls after just 31 games in early 2015 and ended 2016 ranked 11th in the USILA Coaches Poll and 13th in the media poll. The Golden Eagles also hosted their first NCAA tournament game in May as the national No. 6 seed, falling to eventual NCAA Champion North Carolina by one goal in the NCAA First Round.
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