Mike Daly Named Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach At Brown
Providence, R.I. – Mike Daly, who guided the Tufts University men’s lacrosse program to three NCAA National Championship titles while boasting the nation’s highest scoring offense, has been named the head men’s lacrosse coach at Brown University in an announcement made by Bears’ Director of Athletics Jack Hayes.
Daly, who becomes the sixth Brown men’s lacrosse coach since 1963, takes over a Brown program that advanced to the NCAA Division I National Semifinals, posted a school record 16 wins, captured the Ivy League Championship for the second straight season and returns three All-Americans, including Tewaaraton Award winner Dylan Molloy ‘17.
“Mike Daly is a terrific coach, has a proven track record of success and is the architect of the offense that has brought Brown so much success over the last two years,” said Hayes. “He has experience recruiting quality student-athletes who excel equally on the field and in the classroom.”
Daly posted a record of 244-83 in 18 seasons as head coach at Tufts, with nine NCAA Tournament appearances and seven NESCAC titles. His Tufts teams won national championships in 2010, 2014 and 2015.
“I want to thank Brown President Christina Paxson and Athletic Director Jack Hayes for the opportunity to coach and mentor at one of the leading institutions in the country,” said Daly. “Brown features one of the nation’s premier lacrosse programs with a long tradition of success, and I’m honored to be taking over the program.”
Tufts led the nation in scoring last spring with 402 goals in 23 games for a 17.48 per game average. The Jumbos won their seventh consecutive NESCAC title and finished the year with a 20-3 record, falling in the national championship game. Daly’s senior co-captain John Uppgren was named the USILA Co-Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Attackman.
Daly is among the top 10 active coaches for winning percentage and is in the top 20 for victories. Among all-time DIII coaches, he is in the top 10 for winning percentage and top 30 for wins.
Prior to his promotion to head coach of men’s lacrosse at Tufts in 1999, the team had compiled a 3-25 record in the 1997-98 seasons combined.
A two time USILA F. Morris Touchstone National Coach of the Year (2010 and 2014), Daly’s teams have won 20 or more games four times and made five appearances in the national championship game. Daly oversaw a prolific Tufts offense that scored 423 goals in 2014 to set an NCAA record for a single season for all divisions.
Eight team members were named 2016 USILA Scholar All-Americans, the most on any team in all three divisions. The Jumbos were also deeply involved in the community with Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses by establishing a team-based support network.
A 1995 Tufts graduate, Daly was a two-sport athlete for the Jumbos, and received a Masters in Education from Tufts in 1997. He and his wife Norah, have a daughter, Fiona, and son, Liam.
What They Are Saying About Mike Daly…
Dom Starsia, former head coach at Brown and Virginia – “This is a great hire for Brown, and an exciting opportunity for Mike. I think I speak for a lot of Brown alums when I say we are ready to support Mike as he works to maintain Brown’s position among the nation’s lacrosse elite.”
Mike Pressler, head coach at Bryant – “Mike Daly is a talented and innovative coach who has a proven track record of success. His fast-paced offense is suited for players and fans. The bright future of Bruno Lacrosse is in great hands!”
Bill Tierney, head coach at Denver – “Mike has successfully brought a football mentality to the game of lacrosse. Since I’ve met him, he’s always sat in the front row with a yearning to learn, watch and listen. He’s someone who has appreciated what others have given him, and he’s always willing to pay it back. A great hire for Brown.”
Peter Lasagna, former Brown head coach and current head coach at Bates – “Mike’s record speaks for itself. He inherited a lacrosse program at Tufts that didn’t have national title aspirations and turned it around into one of the dominant programs in the nation. I have a lot of respect for Mike, who elevated the standards in the league and made every program better. He’ll do a great job at Brown.”
Ryan Molloy, Tufts Lacrosse, 2011 captain and starter on 2010 National Championship team; brother of Brown’s Dylan Molloy ‘17, 2016 Tewaaraton Award Winner – “Coach Daly is a players’ coach in every sense of the phrase. He allows everyone on the field to play fast and reach his fullest potential.”
Chris Feifs Named Next Head Coach of Vermont Men’s Lacrosse
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Chris Feifs, the defensive coordinator for the 2016 NCAA Division I national champion North Carolina Tarheels, has been named the seventh head coach of the University of Vermont men’s lacrosse program. Incoming Director of Athletics Jeff Schulman made the announcement of the hire on Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s a great pleasure to welcome Chris to the University of Vermont and the Department of Athletics. Chris is a highly respected professional who has played and coached at the top level of collegiate lacrosse while remaining steadfast in his commitment to the scholar-athlete model,” said Schulman.
“During the search process, Chris impressed us with his passion for teaching and strong commitment to the academic, personal and athletic wellbeing of his student-athletes,” Schulman noted. “His experience recruiting and coaching a national championship team at North Carolina certainly speaks to his ability to identify, attract and develop elite student-athletes who are capable of succeeding at the highest levels on and off the lacrosse field.”
Feifs spent seven years at North Carolina as defensive coordinator and faceoff coach, leading the program to seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances. In addition to their national championship last month, the Tarheels were two-time ACC regular season co-champions and claimed the 2013 ACC title during his tenure. In 2012, he helped faceoff specialist R.G. Keenan become the first UNC midfielder to earn First Team All-America honors since 1996.
“I am honored for the opportunity to join the University of Vermont as the head men’s lacrosse coach,” said Feifs. “UVM is truly a special place with its unique combination of academic excellence, athletic achievement, and picturesque surroundings. I look forward to joining Burlington’s supportive and vibrant community to build a winning tradition on and off the field.”
“I’d also like to thank incoming Director of Athletics Jeff Schulman, Associate Athletic Director Joe Gervais, and the entire UVM staff for helping make this incredible opportunity possible,” Feifs added.
Prior to his time in Chapel Hill, Feifs spent two seasons as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Virginia Military Institute. He led VMI to its first-ever MAAC Tournament and Championship Game appearances in program history, while developing the 2008 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Kevin Hill. Feifs also directed all aspects of scouting and campus visits as recruiting coordinator for the Keydets.
As a college athlete, the Durham native became the first scholarship athlete from North Carolina to play lacrosse at Maryland. Feifs played for the Terrapins from 2004-07, reached the NCAA Semifinals in 2005 and 2006, and was a three-time selection to the ACC Academic Honor Roll. He served as team captain as a senior and posted a career-high 19 points. Feifs was selected by the Boston Cannons in the 2007 Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft and played one season with the team.
UVM closed the 2016 season by posting its most wins (9) in a decade and earned its first America East Tournament win with an upset victory over Stony Brook in the semifinal round. Vermont advanced to the America East Championship Game for the first time in program history before falling by a single goal to Hartford. The Catamounts return four of their top five scorers for the 2017 season, including USILA All-American and rising senior Ian MacKay.