Cornell announced Thursday that Loyola University graduate Paul Richards has been promoted to men's lacrosse assistant coach and former Georgetown associate head coach Matt Kerwick will join the staff, also as an assistant coach.
Richards, who joined the Big Red staff before the 2011 season, is in charge of faceoffs and substitutions while assisting in all facets of the offense. He also serves as recruiting coordinator for the staff as well as performing other administrative duties.
“Paul is a rising star in the coaching world and is very deserving of this honor,” Cornell coach Ben DeLuca said. “His work ethic, passion, knowledge of the game and attention to detail will continue to benefit our program."
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Last season, Richards directed a faceoff unit that ranked 14th in the nation with a .546 winning percentage. He also helped the Big Red offense finish ranked ninth in the country in scoring offense (12.0 goals per game), 13th overall in man-up offense (.422) and 16th in points per game (17.62).
Richards worked as the senior assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Washington College in 2010 after spending 2009 as a volunteer assistant coach at Goucher.
As a player, Richards was a first-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference selection and North-South Senior All-Star at Loyola while serving as a team captain in 2008. He was also named to the preseason Tewaaraton Award watch list as a senior. After graduation, he was the 37th overall pick in the 2008 Major League Lacrosse Draft and appeared in six games for the Washington Bayhawks.
Kerwick replaces Matt Rewkowski (Johns Hopkins), who left to take Kerwick’s former position with the Hoyas under new head coach Kevin Warne; Warne previously served as Maryland’s offensive coordinator.
Kerwick was widely thought to be next in line as Georgetown head coach when Dave Urick retired, but Georgetown let Kerwick go in late June after discovering he had a DWI in April.
Kerwick spent seven years as the head coach at his alma mater, Hobart. As a player, he was named 1989 NCAA tournament MVP. He played in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League from 1991 through 1996, earning the Baltimore Thunder's "Unsung Hero" award twice and an All- Star selection in 1992.