Providence, R.I. – Brown men’s lacrosse coach Lars Tiffany ‘90 announced that Sean Kirwan will join the Brown staff as offensive coordinator and Gill Conners will come to College Hill as the Bears’ volunteer assistant coach.
“The Brown Lacrosse program and our men have received a tremendous boost with the recent additions of coaches Sean Kirwan and Gill Conners,” said Tiffany. “Each man brings National Championship experience, with both having earned titles as players and Sean adding another as an assistant coach for Tufts this past May.
Kirwan comes to Brown from Tufts, where he was an offensive assistant coach for two years (2013 and 2014), helping the Jumbos to the NCAA National Championship in 2014. He guided the offense to an NCAA-leading 423 goals in 2014, the most all-time by any team in NCAA lacrosse history (all divisions). His Tufts squad also led the nation in team goals and assists (251). Kirwan coached three 100+ point scorers, the first time in NCAA history that three players from one team scored over 100 points in the same season.
A native of New Jersey, where he attended Mountain Lakes High School, Kirwan is a 2012 graduate of Tufts, where he broke single season and career goal scoring records with 66 goals in 2011 and 150 career goals. An All-American in 2011 and 2012, he was also an Academic All-American and team captain in 2012. He also played on Tufts’ 2010 NCAA National Championship team.
“The time spent with Sean Kirwan in the hiring process made it crystal clear to me that he is a rising star in the lacrosse coach industry,” said Tiffany. “He possesses tactical prowess, always keeping the gears churning in his brain and analyzing how to best attack opposing defenses. Sean also has a never-ending motor when it comes to the will to work, to make individual lacrosse players better shooters, dodgers, feeders and decision-makers. The success he had as an offensive coach at Tufts is truly unprecedented and matchless. I am excited for Brown Lacrosse and for my own personal development as we challenge each other’s units in the months and years ahead.”
Conners graduated from Quinnipiac in 2014 after a stellar career in the Bobcats’ net. Originally from Saratoga Springs, New York, Conners graduated from Saratoga Springs H.S. in 2010. He attended Onondaga Community College from 2011-2012, where he won two National Championships and was the NJCAA National Goalie of the year, 1st Team All-American and the Region 3 Defensive Player of the Year, while only allowing 30 goals all season (2.6 per game) in 2012.
At Quinnipiac, Conners earned first team All-New England honors in 2013 and was a four-time New England Player of the Week. As a senior in 2014, Conners was named team captain and earned second team All-MAAC, second team All-New England and team MVP honors. He also played in the North-South Senior All-Star game.
“Bringing Gill Conners to our program reminds me of the old adage, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” said Tiffany. “Gill was the Quinnipiac goalie who made 20 saves versus Brown in 2013, earning the win over us 9-7. He was equally strong for a half in 2014 against us, but an injury kept him out of the second half and we were able to secure the victory. Gill has certainly proven himself as a player, and now he is excited to challenge himself and the men of Brown Lacrosse as our coach. We are fortunate to have Gill with our program.”