Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/2/19
Four Philly grads are head coaches at men’s programs in 2019.
One – Cleveland State’s Andy German (Radnor) – is in his first year. German had served as the Vikings’ top assistant coach for the past four years, playing an integral role in developing the burgeoning CSU program.
German spent the 2015 season as the head coach at St. Joe’s Prep in Philadelphia where he led the squad to a berth in the Pennsylvania Division I state championship game along with the program’s first Catholic League championship in four years. After going 8-5 in his first 13 games, German led the Hawks to 11 consecutive wins to reach the state final where they fell to Radnor in overtime.
German was an assistant coach at Villanova for four seasons (2011-14), serving as an offensive assistant coach and recruiting coordinator before being promoted to defensive coordinator for the final two years.
Also “new” as a head coach this year is Quinnipiac’s Mason Poli. The Downingtown East grad served as interim head coach last year at Quinnipiac and was promoted in May.
Poli – a former standout lacrosse player at Bryant University – completed his fifth season with the Quinnipiac coaching staff in 2019. After being promoted to Interim Head Coach prior to the start of the 2019 season, Poli helped lead the Bobcats to a 9-7 (5-2 MAAC) record and the program’s third-ever appearance in the MAAC Tournament championship contest. Quinnipiac recorded a winning MAAC record for the fourth time in six seasons since joining the conference in 2013-14, earning a No. 2 seed in the postseason tournament.
While at Bryant, Poli compiled one of the most decorated longpole lacrosse careers in NCAA history. Poli led the nation in longpole scoring in both his junior and senior seasons, leading to a pair of Tewaaraton Semifinalist Awards. Poli was named USILA Honorable Mention All-American in 2011, 2012 and 2013, while being named to the NEILA All-New England and Northeast Conference First Teams those same years.
Poli was a member of Downingtown East’s 2007 state title team and a US Lacrosse All-American and First Team All-Phillylacrosse.com pick in 2009 when the Cougars reached the Disrict 1 final. Poli played for the Duke’s LC.
Philly grads coaching D1 men’s programs
Brian Fisher (Ridley, Monmouth)
Andy German (Radnor, Cleveland State)
Mason Poli (Downingtown East, Quinnipiac)
Ryan Polley (Malvern Prep, Boston University)