North Carolina may have missed out on its No. 1 target when Don Zimmerman opted to remain at UMBC, but the Tar Heels got their next guy when Ohio State coach Joe Breschi agreed to become the program’s 12th head coach, the school announced today.
Breschi, a former first-team All-America defenseman and former assistant coach at North Carolina, succeeds John Haus, who was relieved of his head coaching duties last month.
"I made a commitment to be a Tar Heel 22 years ago to Hall of Fame coach Willie Scroggs, and now I have a chance to give back to the university, alumni and Carolina lacrosse family that had an extraordinary impact on my life," Breschi said in a statement released by the school. "My family is thrilled for the new challenge that lies ahead and we can’t wait to hit the ground running in Chapel Hill."
Breschi, a Baltimore native and 1986 Loyola graduate, went 92-63 in 11 seasons with the Buckeyes, who either shared or owned Great Western Lacrosse League titles in 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2008 and enjoyed seven winning seasons in their last eight years. This past season, Ohio State compiled a 11-6 record and advanced to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
"I’m happy to welcome Joe Breschi as our lacrosse coach at Carolina," said Tar Heels athletic director Dick Baddour. "Joe has done an outstanding job of building a fine program at Ohio State. I’m thrilled that he has decided to accept our offer. Joe had a tremendous playing career in Chapel Hill and it will be great to have him back as part of our athletic family."