Phillylacrosse.com, posted 10/17/08
US Lacrosse has announced that Tony Resch, head coach of the Philadelphia Barrage and assistant coach for Pennsylvania scholastic state champion La Salle, will serve as one of three assistants for the U.S. men’s lacrosse team that will compete in the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in Manchester, England.
Resch, along with Army’s Joe Alberici and Stony Brook University’s Rick Sowell will work with Bryant University’s Mike Pressler, who was named the head coach of the team in September.
Resch has been the head coach for Major League Lacrosse’s (MLL) Barrage since 2005 and also is the director of athletics at La Salle. He won MLL championships with the Barrage in 2006 and 2007 and also won four National Lacrosse League championships as the head coach of the Philadelphia Wings from 1994 to 2001.
A member of the 1990 U.S. team that won the world championship in Perth, Australia, Resch is a 1985 graduate of Yale University where he was a two-time All-American and three-time All-Ivy League player. Resch is an assistant to head coach Bill Leahy at La Salle, which went 31-2 and finished No. 1 in the country in the final 2008 National Poll by Lacrosse Magazine.
Alberici, the head coach at Army for the last three seasons, was an assistant under Pressler at Duke University from 1997 to 2005. Army finished the 2008 season ranked 19th in the country and defeated rival Navy for the first time in 11 seasons to earn a share of the Patriot League regular-season championship.
Sowell is entering his third season as the head coach at Stony Brook where he has gone 15-12 in his first two seasons. Sowell previously served as the head coach for St. John’s University and Dartmouth College.
The U.S. is looking to reclaim the top spot in international lacrosse after losing to Canada, 15-10, in the 2006 world championship game. The loss snapped a 38-game winning streak in international competition and denied the U.S. the gold medal for the first time since 1978. The U.S. has won seven of the nine international world championships conducted since 1974.