Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/20/16
From Press Release
Providence College men’s lacrosse Head Coach Chris Gabrielli announced that Matt Francis (North Penn) has joined his staff as an assistant coach. Francis replaces John Galloway, who was named head coach of the men’s lacrosse program at Jacksonville University.
“Matt is a tremendous hire for Providence College and our lacrosse program,” Gabrielli said. “I was overwhelmed with the interest level for our opening, and quickly discovered that we would be able to hire a seasoned Division I coach like Matt. He is very bright, and is a tireless recruiter with strong ties throughout the country and abroad. Matt’s value for creating strong relationships with recruits, parents and current players is consistent with my vision, and his efforts and expertise will impact the entire program.”
While at Binghamton, Francis served as the program’s recruiting coordinator, defensive coordinator and face-off coordinator. He helped develop and mentor 12 All-Conference selections during his tenure. Francis also helped the Bearcats earn a No. 2 seed in the America East Tournament in 2014. It marked the program’s first appearance in the league’s conference tournament since 2011, and highest seed in the tournament since 2004.
Francis began his coaching career at Marist College as an assistant coach (2010-12) and helped guide the Red Foxes to consecutive appearances in the MAAC Tournament semifinals. While with the Red Foxes, Francis served as face-off coordinator and assistant defensive coordinator.
Francis is a 2010 graduate of Marist College, where he enjoyed an impressive playing career with the Red Foxes as the team’s face-off specialist. Following his junior season in 2009, he ranked seventh in the nation in face-off percentage with a mark of .576 and fifth in ground balls per game (6.46). As a senior in 2010, he won 158 face-offs and helped guide Marist to the MAAC Semifinals, its first conference championship appearance since 2006.
Francis was named Second Team Academic All-District by ESPN The Magazine as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on the at-large ballot in 2010.
Francis earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Marist in biomedical sciences, and also minored in psychology and business administration. He went on to earn an MBA from Marist in 2012 with an advanced certificate in executive leadership.
“I’m confident that Matt’s experience and work ethic will help propel our program to another level,” Gabrielli said. “We are thrilled to welcome Matt and his wife, Auden, to Friartown!”
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