Phelps brings variety of experience with six institutions to the Minutemen
AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella announced the addition of Jeremy Phelps to the 2017-18 coaching staff as a volunteer assistant on Wednesday. Phelps, a graduate of Winthrop University, brings a vast knowledge of the game to Western Massachusetts, which includes his most recent position as the primary assistant, defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Rhodes College.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the staff of one of the most storied programs in college lacrosse,” Phelps said. “It is my goal to maintain the success that has been started by the alumni of the Minuteman program. I would like to thank Coach (Greg) Cannella and his staff for the opportunity to be a part of a program such as UMass.”
While at Rhodes College, an NCAA Division III institution in Memphis, Tennessee, Phelps built the Lynx defense into one of the top-performing units in the nation during two seasons on the sidelines. During 2016, Rhode College ranked No. 1 across NCAA Division III for man-down defense while it was the sixth-best scoring defense in the country. Under Phelps’ guidance, Rhode College improved to the No. 1 scoring defense in the nation in 2017, with only 7.3 goals-against per game.
“Jeremy brings great experience at the Division I and Division III levels and expressed a desire to help enhance our program,” Cannella said. “I am looking forward to having him working with our faceoff unit, as well as, assist in game planning and help with our scout team.”
Prior to guiding Rhodes College to a combined record of 25-8 during the 2016-17 seasons, Phelps was the primary assistant, defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Goucher College during 2014 and 2015. Goucher College’s defense experience similar success on Phelps, as the Gophers only gave up 7.6 goals per game in 2015. While at Goucher College, Phelps also helped the 6-on-6 and extra-man offensive units.
During his tenure at Goucher College, Phelps undertook the opportunity to serve as a coaching intern at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. During two months with the men’s lacrosse team at Navy, he worked as the team’s primary faceoff coach and assisted in the development of one of the nation’s top faceoff specialists, Brady Dove, who was an All-Patriot League First Team selection the following season.
Phelps was the primary assistant and defensive coordinator for Marywood University for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, during which he developed one first team, four second team and nine honorable mention all-conference selections within the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC).
He earned his start in collegiate coaching at Guilford College in 2011, as the secondary assistant and faceoff specialists coach. During his season at Guilford College, the Quakers produced their most wins in one season in nearly 20 years.
Phelps graduated Winthrop College with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He finished his playing tenure at Winthrop with the fourth-most points in school history while he served as team captain for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Following graduation from Winthrop, Phelps accepted a position at IMG Academy as an assistant coach, where he helped build the school’s newly-established program on and off the field. He added a master’s degree in athletic administration and leadership in 2015 while coaching at Goucher College.
JEREMY PHELPS COACHING FILE
School Position Season(s)
IMG Lacrosse Academy Assistant Coach 2010
Guilford College Assistant Coach 2011
Marywood University Assistant Coach 2012-13
Goucher College Assistant Coach 2014-15
Navy Coaching Intern Fall, 2014
Rhode College Assistant Coach 2016-17
Massachusetts Volunteer Coach Present