Coaching Hires in New England

Beriau to Head Men’s Lacrosse Program

STANDISH, ME – Saint Joseph’s College Athletic Director Brian Curtin has announced the hiring of David Beriau as head men’s lacrosse coach.

Beriau, who hails from East Sandwich, Massachusetts, comes to Saint Joseph’s after serving as a graduate assistant at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth for two years. As a member of the Corsairs’ coaching staff, he helped the team post a two-year record of 20-11 with a pair of Little East Conference (LEC) appearances. Coach Beriau also played a hand in the program’s first LEC Tournament victory in 10 years when the Corsairs defeated University of Southern Maine in the 2012 tourney.

Previously, Beriau served as an assistant at Colby College during the spring of 2011, when the Mules posted a 9-7 record and made an appearance in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament. Prior to his stint in Waterville, he was an assistant at Falmouth Academy, a small co-ed private school on Cape Cod, in 2010 and helped the team capture the Southeastern New England Independent Schools Athletic Association (SENEISAA) crown for the first time in eight years.

For the past year, Beriau has also worked as the Assistant Director at Cape Cod Lacrosse where he assisted in all operations of the organization, including teaching private lessons and group skills clinics.

“We are pleased to have Coach Beriau join our staff,” adds Curtin. “Not only will he bring college coaching experience, but a strong focus on developing young men, and a passion for teaching the game of lacrosse.”

Beriau played four years of collegiate lacrosse for Head Coach Preston Chapman at Elmira College in upstate New York. While playing numerous positions over his career, he tallied six goals and 19 assists with 83 ground balls in 52 contests. Beriau, a team co-captain as a senior, was the Soaring Eagles’ representative on the Empire 8 Conference Sportsman of the Year Team and was also the Elmira men’s lacrosse Teammate Award recipient in 2006.

“I would like to thank Brian Curtin and the rest of the search committee for selecting me for this role and I look forward to working with the rest of the Saint Joseph’s community,” says Beriau. “I would also like to thank all of the coaches that I have coached with and played for over my career, without their guidance and leadership, I would not have been qualified for this position.”

Beriau earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Elmira in 2009 and is working towards completing his Master’s in Business Administration from UMass.-Dartmouth.

Beriau takes the program’s reigns from Mike Edgar, who stepped down earlier this summer after skippering the Royal Blue since the team’s inception in 2008.  Coach Edgar posted a 41-58 overall record with a 23-20 mark in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play and guided the Monks to five conference tournament berths during his time at the helm.

“I am excited and grateful for this opportunity to become the next head coach at Saint Joseph’s College,” adds Beriau. “Coach Edgar has built a great foundation and tradition at the College and I am looking forward to continuing this trend and look to maximize the program’s fullest potential.”

Durepo, Schairer Named Assistant Coaches at UMass Lowell
Former UNH, Keene State standouts to assist in building women’s men’s programs

Lowell, MA – Ashley Durepo, a native of Concord, N.H., and Matt Schairer, a native of Wrentham, Mass., were named assistant coaches of the UMass Lowell women’s and men’s lacrosse programs, head coaches Carissa Medeiros and Ed Stephensonannounced on Friday.Both Durepo and Schairer come to UMass Lowell at an exciting time as both programs are in the building process and set to begin NCAA Division I and America East Conference competition in 2015.Durepo comes to Lowell following assistant coaching stints at the University of Southern Maine, her alma mater New Hampshire as well as Seacoast United, all of which followed a stellar playing career at UNH from 2005-09.

Similarly, Schairer joins the River Hawks after serving last season as an assistant coach at Endicott College. He was a former standout at Keene State College from 2009-12.

Durepo has been a fixture in the coaching circles since her undergraduate days at UNH, starting with the Lighthouse Lacrosse Camps and Seacoast United Lacrosse Club where she worked with players of all ages, planned tournaments and helped guide high school players with the recruiting process.

“With us coming into Division I for the first time, Ashley will be an invaluable asset for us,” said Medeiros. “I’ve known Ashley through the ranks. Her head coaches all raved about her recruiting eye and her ability to spot talent. That is exactly what we need right now.

“She is very passionate and loves coaching lacrosse,” Medeiros added. “Those things were huge for me.”

From 2009-10, Durepo established Seacoast United’s South Central Maine branch and served as Director of Lacrosse.

Simultaneously, she was an assistant coach at the University of Southern Maine and helped the Huskies to the 2010 Little East Conference Championship.

Durepo moved on to her alma mater in 2012 and had her hand in all roles within the program, including practice planning, academic support, fundraising as well as serving as the co-director of the Wildcats overnight camp.

Durepo was a decorated player at UNH, earning America East Conference All-Rookie Team status as a freshman and Second Team honors her sophomore and junior seasons. She helped lead the Wildcats to the America East title game in three of four years as well as the NCAA Tournament in 2008. Over the course of her career, UNH went 43-30 overall, including 25-13 her junior and senior years.

A sociology major/business management minor, Durepo was also a model student with a 3.36 cumulative grade point average. She lives in Manchester, N.H.

Schairer comes to UMass Lowell after spending the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Endicott College, where he helped the Gulls to the 2013 Commonwealth Coast Conference regular season championship (7-1) and a 13-6 overall clip.

Schairer has also been active on the camp and clinic circuit, most recently serving as the Field Director for the Keene Youth Lacrosse Festival in 2012. He also held an administrative position with the World Series of Lacrosse in Norwood, Mass., and was an assistant director for Primetime Lacrosse, which oversees men’s and high school leagues and clinics.

“I’m really excited for our future student-athletes. They are going to have a great role model in Matt Schairer,” said Stephenson. “He is a proven winner, a team player, and a born leader.

“Matt is going to have a great rapport with the guys,” Stephenson added. “He is smart, creative and a very good communicator.”

As a player, Schairer transferred from Quinnipiac after one season to Keene State where he enjoyed a stellar career. In his three years, he earned Little East All-Conference honors each year as well as All-New England status once. Additionally, he was a two-year captain and the team’s most valuable player.

Schairer graduated from Keene State cum laude with a 3.60 grade point average. Prior to Keene State, he was a two-sport standout (football, lacrosse) at King Phillip Regional H.S.

Schairer resides in Wrentham, Mass.