QUINCY, MA (February 1, 2019) - The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced today their coaching staff for the upcoming 2019 season. Sean Quirk will return for his fourth season as Head Coach, with Ben Rubeor, John Klepacki, and Lars Keil serving as assistants.
“We’ve worked hard over the last two years in building our coaching staff and creating a winning culture with our young team,” said Team President Ian Frenette. “Coach Quirk is a tremendous leader [and] has led this charge along with Coach Rubeor and Coach Klepacki. With our talented and consistent coaching staff, I believe we’re more prepared than ever to make a championship run - 2019 is going to be a big year.”
Since 2016, Quirk has played a big role in developing the Cannons into what they are today. His dedication and commitment to the organization is vital for success both on and off the field and the Cannons look forward to another year with Quirk at the helm.
“I’m super excited to be back,” said Quirk. “Last year was somewhat of a building year and toward the end of the year, we really started to gel and win some big games. I feel we’ve really brought back a big core of that team and made some new additions. I feel like the continuity with the coaching staff and players going into this year is as great as it’s been during my time in Boston.”
Rubeor joined the Cannons prior to the 2018 season as Offensive Coordinator/Assistant Coach and has been heavily involved in constructing the team’s offense ever since. Heading into year two, Rubeor hopes to improve on his experience from last year and help the Cannons grow into a championship contender. A winner of three MLL titles and one MVP award, Rubeor will also serve as the Head Coach at Thayer Academy in 2019.
“Rubeor did an awesome job last year as the offensive coordinator,” Quirk said. “He played in the league for a number of years, [and] now that he's been in the league coaching, I know how much the guys respect his knowledge of the game and his communication style.”
Klepacki will be back for his fourth season as an Assistant Coach and Defensive Coordinator. Since arriving in Boston, Klepacki has helped put together a strong defense corps that will again be relied on in 2019. Outside of the Cannons, Klepacki serves as the Head Coach of the Western New England University’s Men’s Lacrosse team, where he is the winningest coach in school history with a 225-97 record. Klepacki was also recently inducted into the US Lacrosse Western Massachusetts Hall Of Fame.
“Coach Klepacki has been with me for my entire time with the Cannons,” said Quirk. “He does a great job with the defense and he game plans really well for different players and different opponents.”
New to the staff is Lars Keil, who will serve as an Assistant Coach and Head Equipment Manager. Keil is currently the Director of Lacrosse Operations at Harvard University and has served as an Assistant Coach in the past at various colleges, including Duke University and Brown University.
Keil served as a Volunteer Assistant Coach last season and the Cannons are excited to have him on board full-time in 2019. Quirk said Keil will “add a lot of value” to the coaching staff this season.
In addition to his head coaching duties, Quirk will also serve as the Director of Player Personnel for the second straight season. While Quirk still had some input in the team’s transactions prior to becoming the director, this position now allows him to consult his staff with every personnel decision, whether it’s a trade, player pickup, or game day move. Quirk called it a “collaborative effort.”
Now that the coaching staff is in tact for 2019, next up for the Cannons is the MLL Collegiate Draft Presented by Cascade. The Draft will be taking place on Saturday, March 9 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Cannons hold three of the first 15 picks in this years draft.
The Cannons will open the 2019 season on June 1 against the Ohio Machine at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy, MA. Click
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Quotes from the Coaches:
Ben Rubeor: “My goal is to figure out a way to win on a consistent basis for Rob Hale, Ian Frenette, and the entire organization. I think we are building something here and we have an opportunity to be pretty darn good. It’ll come down to how hard we work, how much we can focus, and how much we care about each other. If we can do those things, I think it would be really cool to bring another ring to Boston and to show these fans the results that we are working really hard to get.”
John Klepacki: “Pumped to be back for year four. Coach Quirk has a vision that I was excited to be a part of in year one and I feel we are working toward putting that into a consistent culture in 2019. The Cannons organization is such a first-class group [and] as a coach you’re looking to do whatever you can to help the players take the next step.”
Lars Keil: “Incredibly excited. This will be my third year with the team, but my first in an official capacity. We have a great dynamic as a staff, and we are all very excited about this coming summer. This year I am [also] the Director of Lacrosse Operations at Harvard University, and I am eager to help use this experience to aid the organization. In addition to that, I have been stringing sticks for about 20 years and I'm hoping to give the Cannons a bit of a competitive advantage over our competition. There is no product on the market today that even comes close to comparing to what a professional can string up and tune to a players preference.”