The Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse announced Monday that Archbishop Spalding boys lacrosse coach Bear Davis will take over as head coach. Davis, who is also associate athletic director at Archbishop Spalding, replaces Ted Garber for the remaining six games of the season.
With a record of 1-7, the Machine is a combined 3-19 through its first two seasons in the league.
“Our plan has been, and continues to be, to build around the great, young talent that we’ve assembled on our roster, but the progression from game to game just hasn’t been there, and we have to expect better as an organization,” said Machine president and general manager John Algie. “We want to thank Ted Garber for his dedication to the team and for the passion he has shown for the players these past two seasons. But with the team’s best interests in mind, we need to start the next chapter in our organization and we believe Bear will be that person to help us start it.”
A graduate of Hilliard Davidson High in Hilliard, Ohio, Davis took over at Archbishop Spalding after building the men’s lacrosse program at Division I Robert Morris over a span of seven years as the team’s first coach.
“The thing that impresses me the most about Bear is his proven track record of building successful lacrosse programs,” Algie said. “Bear brings structure, stability and a tireless work ethic that I think will fit in well here with our group of talented rookie, second-year and veteran players.”
During Davis’ time at Robert Morris, the program showed marked improvements year after year, culminating with the team’s first appearance in the national rankings in 2010 along with two straight years of leading the NCAA in scoring offense before Davis joined Spalding.
“I’m excited about this opportunity to coach at this level and for the Ohio Machine. There is an excellent foundation here and I am looking forward to not only taking this team to the next level but also helping to grow the game in my home state,” Davis said. “I like to play smart, but up-tempo lacrosse. We want to put the pedal down on the field and be the aggressor so the players can dictate more situations. We have the personnel to build around key players and put our players in a system that capitalizes on their individual strengths which will benefit the team as a whole.”
Before being named the head coach at Robert Morris, Davis helped start the Wheeling Jesuit men's lacrosse program. Davis took the Cardinals from a 2-11 record in their first year of existence in 2000 to an 8-4 record and a No. 10 national ranking in 2003.
FIL joins IWGA in possible step toward Olympics
The International World Games Association has welcomed the Federation of International Lacrosse as one of the three new members. The delegates representing the 33 members of the IWGA voted in favor of admitting the FIL and the International Floorball Federation and the International Muaythai Federation Amateur, expanding their membership to 36 member federations.
The admission to the IWGA makes the FIL eligible for the 10th World Games in Wroclaw,
Poland, in 2017. The IWGA quadrennial event includes multiple sports from the total membership and is formatted similar to the Olympics.
Lacrosse had secured a place as a demonstration sport at the World Games, but FIL president Stan Cockerton hopes the sport will take part as a full member; that status could mean four or eight men's and women's teams playing a tournament. The International Olympic Committee would use that event to evaluate lacrosse as a potential Olympic sport.
Ron Froehlich, IWGA president, welcomed the increase in IWGA membership. The IWGA is continuing to look for new sport federations to become a part of the international community of sport. Tom Hayes, director of FIL development, and Ron Balls, director of FIL finance, represented the FIL at the IWGA General Assembly.
Hayes and Ball made a presentation to IWGA delegates in support of the application that included a five-minute film on lacrosse in the FIL. The film highlighted the rules of the game, action footage from events and film from various clinics conducted from the federation's newest member countries. The film was enthusiastically received by the IWGA membership, as some federations had not seen the sport of lacrosse previously.
Mariano out as Sacred Heart coach
After a 17-year tenure with the program that included Northeast Conference Coach of the Year honors last season, Tom Mariano will not return as Sacred Heart coach, according to a statement released by the university.
Last season, Mariano led the Pioneers (3-11) to their first NEC tournament appearance and Sacred Heart's first postseason berth since 2001.
The university put the following statement on its website over the weekend:
"The Sacred Heart Department of Athletics announced that head men's lacrosse coach Tom Mariano is no longer with the University. The athletic department will begin a search for his replacement."
The departure of Mariano is the second Division I coaching opening in less than a week; T.W. Johnson left Hobart to coach at his high school alma mater.
Inside Lacrosse contributed.