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Navy men’s lacrosse announces new coordinators

Navy men’s lacrosse announces new coordinators
Brad Ross, shown playing for the Toronto Nationals of Major League Lacrosse, has been named offensive coordinator for Navy men's lacrosse. (Photo by Paul W. Gillespie - The Capital) 8/23/09 (XX)

Navy head men’s lacrosse coach Joe Amplo announced on Tuesday that John Orsen and Brad Ross have joined the staff. Orsen will hold the title of defensive coordinator, while Ross will take on the role of offensive coordinator.

Meanwhile, Mark Goers will enter his 19th year with the program and continue to serve as director of operations.

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“Our program’s success will always be defined by the people we surround the midshipmen with and it is with great pride that I announce Brad Ross and John Orsen as the newest members to the Navy lacrosse staff,” said Amplo, who was introduced on June 5 as the program’s ninth head coach. “They, in addition to Mark Goers, will form a strong unit who care about helping the midshipmen in our program develop into great leaders and successful players.”

Orsen reunites with Joe Amplo after having served as defensive coordinator under the legendary Bill Tierney at Denver over the last five seasons. Ross arrives in Annapolis after having spent the last five seasons at Ohio State as the team’s offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

“Brad and John have both proven through the course of their careers that they possess the skills to win at the highest level of our sport,” Amplo said. “Their pedigree as players, sustained success as coaches and, most importantly, their commitment to the mission of the Naval Academy will allow us to provide an environment for growth and success for the midshipmen in our program.”

Orsen helped groom arguably the best faceoff specialist in the history of the game in Trevor Baptiste, who is just the sixth player in USILA history to garner first team All-America recognition in all four collegiate seasons. Additionally, Orsen helped develop four-time All-American defenseman Christian Burgdorf, who went on to be drafted by the Atlanta Blaze in the 2017 MLL Collegiate Draft.

In 2018, Denver finished third nationally in scoring defense (7.88 goals per game), including a stretch of five straight contest in which opponents were limited to six goals or less. In 2019, the Pioneers were ranked fifth in Division in scoring defense.

Navy assistant lacrosse coach John Orsen - Original Credit:
Navy assistant lacrosse coach John Orsen - Original Credit: (Courtesy Photo / HANDOUT)

Orsen and Amplo’s relationship dates back to 2003 when the former was a freshman at Hofstra and the latter was an assistant coach. Orsen transitioned from attack to defense and earned honorable mention All-American.

Orsen was picked in the fourth round of the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft by the Long Island Lizards and played for the Chesapeake Bayhawks when they captured the 2012 championship.

Amplo hired Orsen as a member of Marquette’s inaugural coaching staff in 2011. The Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. native helped Amplo start the program, which began varsity play in 2013.

“To coach at the United States Naval Academy and do so alongside my long-time mentor and friend Joe Amplo is truly an extraordinary opportunity,” Orsen said. “I look forward to working with a group of young men who are committed to excellence and leadership in all they do.”

Ross, who was promoted to associate head coach at Ohio State in August 2016, played a key role in helping the program reach the national championship game the following season. The Buckeyes averaged 11.33 goals per game, scoring 12 or more on 11 occasions.

In 2019, Ohio State ranked 29th nationally with 11.75 goals per game and 19th with a 30.5 shooting percentage.

A three-time All-American and two-time team captain at Duke, Ross spent four years as the associate head coach at Bryant (2011-14) after beginning his coaching career at Brown University in 2009.

Ross was a three-year starter at midfield for Duke and member of four Final Four squads. He played in two national championship games and produced 102 career points, earning third team All-American recognition as a junior and senior.

Navy assistant lacrosse coach Brad Ross - Original Credit: Kirk Irwin
Navy assistant lacrosse coach Brad Ross - Original Credit: Kirk Irwin (Courtesy Photo / HANDOUT)

Ross played professionally for four years before retiring because of medical issues prior to the 2013 season. He was a member of two Major League Lacrosse championship teams – with Toronto in 2009 and Boston in 2011.

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“I would like to thank Coach Amplo for entrusting me with a position within the men’s lacrosse program at the Naval Academy,” said Ross. “The opportunity and responsibility to help mentor and develop the future leaders of our country is one I take very seriously and am honored to undertake.”

Goers, meanwhile, came to the Naval Academy in 2002 as an assistant coach and in 2006 transitioned into Director of Lacrosse Operations. In that role, he oversees Navy’s travel, facilities scheduling, camps and clinics, as well as other administrative duties including budget, compliance items and film.

Additionally, Goers is an instructor within the Naval Academy’s physical education department and is also an assistant coach with the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse.

“Mark has quickly proven that his presence in our program is invaluable. His knowledge and unique skill set within the Naval Academy is unprecedented and I could not be more grateful for his decision to lock arms with us as we continue to build on the great history of Navy lacrosse.”

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