Men's Lacrosse Announces Coaching Staff Changes
Oct. 10, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University men's lacrosse head coach Joe Amplo announced a coaching staff changes following the departure of John Orsen to Denver that includes the promotion of Stephen Brundage and Jeff Roberts plus two local additions.
"I'm happy to let Stephen take the next step in his career," said Amplo. "He has been with me from the start of this program and has helped handle every decision we have faced. He has earned my trust and the trust of our players and administration. Moving him to associate head coach was an easy transition."
During the past two seasons, Brundage has served as the offensive coordinator for the Golden Eagles. His attack helped Marquette post a 4-2 BIG EAST regular season record that featured overtime wins over St. John's and Georgetown. Throughout the season Marquette's attack took care of the ball, ranking as high as No. 2 nationally in fewest turnovers per game.
Despite falling in the BIG EAST tournament semifinals, Brundage saw two of his offensive players achieve high individual accomplishments. Kyle Whitlow was named Second Team All-BIG EAST, while Tyler Melnyk was tapped as an USILA All-American Honorable Mention. On Monday, Melnyk was selected No. 19 overall by the Edmonton Rush in the NLL draft.
Roberts, who has been elevated to full-time assistant, served as the assistant offensive coordinator with Brundage in his first year with Marquette.
"Jeff has proven to us in a short time that he fits who we are as a staff and as a program," said Amplo. "For him to earn the full-time position, that was a very easy decision. He knows our student athletes and he knows what it takes to win."
To fill the void left by the promotions, Amplo turned to two local high school coaches whom he had formed a strong relationship with during the past few years. Jason Pereles, a 2011 graduate from Indiana University, has been hired in a new director of lacrosse operations role. Pereles most recently was the boys' varsity lacrosse coach at Kettle Moraine High School. In 2013, he led the Lasers to the Wisconsin state quarterfinals.
"First of all, we're fortunate for the opportunity to add two new people. That shows the commitment the University has made to our sport," said Amplo.
A native of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Pereles first attended Bowling Green University where he played club lacrosse before finishing his degree at Indiana. After graduation, he moved back to the area where he began coaching the Marquette High lacrosse club along with volunteering during summer clinics hosted by Marquette University's men's team.
Michael Storts, a 2010 alumni from the University of Minnesota where he was a captain and all-conference performer on the club team, has been brought on as the newest volunteer assistant. Previous to earning his first collegiate position, he won the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation State Championship with Verona Area High School in 2014 as head coach.
"We've gotten to know both of them (Pereles and Storts) over the past couple years watching them coach high school, being around our program working camps. Their work ethic and desire to learn the college game plus their ability to be quick learners will allow them to make an immediate impact."
Storts first came on Amplo's radar in 2013 where he was a camp coach during MU's prospect and day summer camps. Previous to this, he was the MCLA men's lacrosse coach at the University of Wisconsin for two seasons.
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