Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/16/12
From Press Release
Saint Joseph’s University has named Steve Grossi (Strath Haven, Drexel) as assistant coach, men’s lacrosse head coach Taylor Wray announced today.
“Steve is a tremendous young coach and his leadership, knowledge, passion and character are second to none,” Wray said. “He has great familiarity with the All-Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) and as a local Philadelphia product he knows the recruiting scene in our area like the back of his hand.”
Grossi joins the Hawks after spending two years at Hampden-Sydney College, where he was involved in all aspects of the program. As the defensive coordinator, Grossi worked closely with the defensive units and goalies and coached All-Conference players each season. During his time at Hampden-Sydney, the Tigers appeared in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Playoffs every year.
“Steve was highly recommended by all who have been involved with him as a coach and player. He will be working primarily with our defensive personnel, face-off team, and goalies,” added Wray.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Saint Joseph’s University community and the lacrosse program,” said Grossi. “I look forward to working at a university with such a great academic reputation with a passion for college athletics. Having the chance to work with Coach Wray and Coach Keating is an absolute honor that I am extremely thankful for.”
A 2009 graduate of Drexel, Grossi earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Marketing. A four-year starter for the Dragons, Grossi was a four-time CAA selection, earning second-team honors in 2005 and 2006 while being tabbed first-team in 2007 and 2008. A two-time pre-season honorable mention All-American, Grossi was on the 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List and was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior.
The two-time captain was a key figure in the Dragons’ defense that finished seventh in the nation in both 2007 and 2008 when Drexel won a share of the CAA regular season championship. Grossi also helped guide the Dragons to highlight victories for the Drexel program, including an upset overtime victory over national powerhouse and #1 ranked University of Virginia in 2007.
After his standout career at Drexel, Grossi was a member of the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League in 2008-2009. He was also a Developmental/Player Coach and a member of the Glenelg Lacrosse Club in Adelaide, South Australia, where he earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Australia National Championships in the summer of 2010.
Additionally, Coach Grossi was a graduate assistant coach at Drexel University for the 2008-2009 season, assisting with the team defense and man-down units. Also a member of the Drexel University Junior Achievement Program from 2005-2007, Grossi was responsible for creating and implementing a lacrosse program within the Philadelphia intercity school districts.
Grossi will join Coach Wray, who completed his first year as head coach for the Hawks after being named head men’s lacrosse coach last August. Wray is thrilled to welcome Grossi, stating, “I am excited to work with him and learn from him as he settles into the new role.”