Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/5/14
From Press Release
Bill Keane, founder and coach of the South Jersey Shamrocks Lacrosse Club, has been appointed varsity boys’ lacrosse coach for Gloucester Catholic, Athletic Director Pat Murphy has announced.
Mr. Keane takes over for Ryan Murphy, who stepped down as head coach but will remain as an assistant coach after compiling 51 career victories for the Rams.
Coach Keane, a graduate of Father Judge High School and Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science has been coaching throughout South Jersey for the past 12 years primarily in West Deptford, NJ.
In 2007, he formed the South Jersey Shamrocks Lacrosse Club and has recruited and coached hundreds of the region’s top lacrosse stars who have since competed in Division I, II and III collegiate programs. The South Jersey Shamrocks draw from all over the region, including Camden, Gloucester, Burlington, Atlantic, Ocean, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties.
Keane sits on the Executive Boards and various committees of the South Jersey Youth Lacrosse League and trains local high school programs in the off season. He is a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance and is Double Goal Coach Certified.
Keane notes that his experience coaching the region’s top players, along with an already successful tradition here, will help boost Gloucester Catholic’s program.
“I’m very confident that the program will continue to flourish,” he said. “Ryan Murphy did a great job with the kids here and he’s built a solid foundation. I also know I have the full support of the school and a solid team returning in the coming year.
“My experience with the Shamrocks will also make a huge difference in our approach to the game.”
Athletic Director Pat Murphy congratulated Keane on his new position and thanked Ryan Murphy for his years of service.
“Coach Keane has a wealth of experience with some of South Jersey’s top athletes, so he knows how to develop a program like ours,” said Murphy. “I also want to thank Ryan Murphy for his service. He enjoyed many successful seasons here and he leaves the program in great shape.”