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Boston Cannons Coaches

March 30, 2016

Sean Quirk

Head Coach

Sean Quirk is the Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel of the Boston Cannons and has been instrumental in the development of the Boston Cannons team. Quirk’s approach to building a Championship Caliber Culture within the team and organization is critical to long-term success on and off the field. Quirk brings to the Cannons a strong commitment to youth, high school and college players, the fan base and an appreciation of the importance of giving back to area hospitals and nonprofits like Team Impact and PCA.

A very successful Head Coach of the Endicott men’s lacrosse team from 1998 to 2015, Quirk now serves as Endicott College’s Associate Athletic Director overseeing all of the men’s teams and coaches. He works with Endicott’s leadership program for team captains and emerging leaders and oversees the Endicott’s athletic department day-to-day operations. Quirk also works closely with the admissions office and head coaches throughout the entire recruiting process as Endicott’s Admissions Liaison. Before Endicott, Quirk played and coached at Springfield College where he was a two-time All-American, and played on two National Division II NCAA Championship teams.

Quirk has won numerous championships and earned multiple coaching awards by bringing the best out of his players, yielding 21 All-American, 57 All-Region, and 143 All-Conference players. 

Endicott College: Associate Director of Athletics (current)

Head Coach at Endicott College (1998-2015)
243-95 (.719) overall record, 123-11 (.918) in-conference record at Endicott
Ranks 13th all-time in winning percentage among NCAA Division III coaches
Ranks 16th all-time in wins among NCAA Division III coaches
Nine NCAA Tournament appearances ('01, '04-'07, '10-'11, '14-'15)
Five NCAA Tournament Second Round appearances ('05, '10-'11, '14-'15)
Eight CCC Championships ('01, '04-'07, '10-'11, '15) 
2008 Field Turf/IMLCA Division III Coach of the Year
Four-time CCC Coach of the Year ('04, '06, '14-'15)
2014 NEILA Coach of the Year
2015 NEILA Man of the Year
Coached 21 All-American players including 2013 USILA Face-off Specialist of the Year Sam Ozycz '12 (MBA '13)
Coached 57 All-Region players including three Defensive Players of the Year, two Offensive Players of the Year, and one Rookie of the Year
Coached 143 All-Conference players including 15 Players of the Year and six Rookies of the Year
33 student-athletes named Academic All-Conference including 2013 Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Sam Ozycz '12 (MBA '13)

Assistant Coach at Springfield (1996-97)

Played at Springfield (1991-95)
1994 NCAA Division II Champions
1995 NCAA Division II Goalie of the Year
Two-time All-American 

Dom Starsia

Associate Head Coach

Starsia, whose legendary coaching resume includes 375 victories, four NCAA Championships and a selection to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, will join Coach Quirk and the Cannons coaching staff as an advisor this offseason. He will begin preparations for the 2018 MLL season immediately. 

In joining the Cannons, Starsia is returning to his extensive Boston and New England roots. In 1981, Starsia was inducted into the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1996, he was inducted into the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in Newton, Massachusetts. In 2000, he was named to the Brown University’s “Team of the Millennium”, and was chosen one of Brown's “Top 100 Athletes of the Twentieth Century.” Starsia was also inducted in to the inaugural class of the Rhode Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2016. 

Starsia earned his Hall of Fame credentials while building the University of Virginia into a national powerhouse. He joined the Cavaliers in 1993, serving as their Head Coach until 2016. In his time at UVA he won four NCAA National Championships (1999, 2003, 2006, 2011). Following Virginia's 2011 national championship season, Starsia was also nominated for an ESPY Award for Best Coach/Manager. Before joining UVA, he served as the Head Coach of Brown University for ten years where he was awarded the D. Morris Touchstone Award for being the NCAA DI Coach of the year. 

At UVA, his 2006 team finished with a perfect 17-0 record, a first in NCAA history. During Starsia's tenure at Virginia, the Cavaliers won the ACC Championships in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2010. His teams have produced 117 All-Americans including 28 First-Team All-Americans, 68 All-ACC selections, eight ACC Rookies of the Year, six ACC Players of the Year, five NCAA Championship MVPs, and 36 All-NCAA Tournament selections. 

No stranger to the player side of the game, Starsia earned Third Team All-American honors in 1973 and 1974, as well as First Team All-Ivy and All-New England honors while a captain of the Brown University men’s lacrosse team. He also played for the U.S. National Team in the 1978 World Lacrosse Championship. 

Ben Rubeor

Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator

Ben Rubeor enters his second season as the Offensive Coordinator for the Boston Cannons. In addition, he will take over as the Head Coach at Thayer Academy in Braintree, MA this spring. In his first season with the Cannons, Ben oversaw the addition of a number of new offensive players, including the top 3 scorers on the team and six of the top 10. He will enter next season with a young, talented offense.

In the summer of 2018, Ben moved to Massachusetts from Maryland, where he spent the last six seasons at Loyola Blakefield and St. Mary's High School. He led his teams to 4 straight MIAA Final Fours, including an MIAA A Conference Championship in 2015, which earned him the USA Today National Coach of the Year.

Ben graduated from Loyola Blakefield in 2004 and won the C. Markland Kelly Award as the best player in Maryland that year. He then went on to the University of Virginia, where he was a 3x All-American, 2x Tewaarton Finalist, 2x Academic All-American, 2x Captain, and the ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2008. In 2006, he helped lead his team to an undefeated season and won the 2006 NCAA National Championship.

After UVA, Ben played for 8 seasons in Major League Lacrosse. He was drafted by the Long Island Lizards (now New York Lizards) 14th overall in 2008 and spent one season with them before joining the Chesapeake Bayhawks organization in 2009. He played for the Chesapeake Bayhawks for 7 seasons, captained the team, won 3 MLL Championships, and finished as the Bayhawks all-time leading scorer. In 94 career games, Rubeor scored 138 goals, one two-point goal, and 53 assists. He won three Steinfeld Trophies with Chesapeake in 2010, 2012, and 2013, and was named the MVP of the 2012 Championship Game. Rubeor posted ten goals and eight assists in seven career playoff games.

Ben lives with his wife, Binny, and his daughter, Madeleine, in Bolton, MA.

Jim Murphy

Assistant Coach

The 2018 season is Jim Murphy’s 16th as part of the Boston Cannons coaching staff.

Murphy is involved in all aspects of the Cannons coaching staff, including draft and trade decisions. His primary responsibilities are working with Cannons goalies and face-off midfielders.

Murphy comes to the Cannons from Bentley College, where he has served as Head Coach since 1993. He is a three-time Northeast-10 Coach of the Year award winner and has led the Falcons to four league championships. Under Murphy, from 1994-1998, Bentley was 31-2 in league play. He also serves as Operations Manager of Athletics at Bentley.

Murphy played college lacrosse at Brandeis University and Plymouth State College. He also played club lacrosse for the Brine Club team in 1996. A native of Billerica, MA, he played four years of lacrosse at Billerica High School and he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2001.

Murphy has two brothers, Sean and Colin, who also played lacrosse for Billerica High. Sean went on to play at Plymouth State College and is now an NCAA Lacrosse Official. He also has a sister named Kim, and his parents are Jim and Margaret. His father Jim, shoots the cannon at Harvard Stadium during Cannons games.

Murphy currently resides in Billerica with his wife Kelly Jo. In addition to lacrosse he enjoys photography, backpacking, and scuba diving.

John Klepacki

Assistant Coach/ Defensive Coordinator

John Klepacki joined the Cannons for his first season as assistant coach in 2016.  Klepacki wrapped up his 14th season as the Western New England University men's lacrosse coach in 2015 and continues to establish himself among the top coaches in the nation today. Klepacki has posted an impressive 189-76 career and school mark for a .713 winning percentage, which ranks fifth among active NCAA Division III coaches.

Klepacki and the top-seeded Golden Bears captured the 2015 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III championship at Alfred University, defeating the host Saxons in the title game, 14-13. Western New England is undefeated in four ECAC tournament appearances in 2004, 2005, 2011 and this spring.

In 2014, Western New England (10-8 overall) saw its five-year streak of at least sharing the CCC regular-season title come to an end, but upset nationally No. 11 ranked and top-seeded Endicott in the conference championship game--a convincing 13-8 win on the road--to earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Klepacki coached a CCC-leading nine academic all-conference honorees, two scholar all-Americans, two-time All-American Adam Knapton, six selections from two all-region squads and 10 All-CCC picks including Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Jesse DeLucca; WNE earned the CCC Team Sportsmanship Award for the third straight year.

In 2012, Klepacki led WNE to a 13-5 campaign, a No. 15 national ranking in the final United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III poll, sweeps of the CCC regular-season and tournament crowns, and an NCAA tournament second-round appearance.

Klepacki was named the 2011 CCC Coach-of-the-Year after leading his team to its eighth consecutive winning campaign.

The 2009 season was a memorable one as Western New England tied the team record for wins, ending with a 17-3 record and a perfect 9-0 mark for first place in the conference. Klepacki earned his 100th career victory with a 13-4 win over conference rival Endicott. The Golden Bears later defeated the Gulls again to clinch back-to-back CCC championships.

The Golden Bears advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year, but lost at eventual national champion SUNY Cortland, 6-5.  Klepacki's team finished ninth nationally in the final USILA Division III rankings.

Klepacki guided the Golden Bears to a 17-1 record (which was a school record for wins) in 2007 and a perfect 8-0 mark for first place in the Pilgrim League.  Klepacki was voted the USILA Division III Coach-of-the-Year, becoming the first coach in Western New England College history to receive a National Coach-of-the-Year award. He also received similar awards from both the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) and Pilgrim League.

Klepacki enjoyed a spectacular rookie season in 2002 directing his team to a 12-5 record, which at the time was the second-highest win total in school history. The Golden Bears also posted a 6-0 mark for first place in the Pilgrim League West Division. WNE went on to capture the Pilgrim League Tournament with a thrilling 17-16 victory over his alma mater, Springfield College, which earned the Blue and Gold a trip to its first NCAA Division III Championship.

Before joining the Western New England staff, Klepacki served as a men's assistant lacrosse coach at Springfield College in 2000 and 2001.

Klepacki earned a Bachelor of Science in Movement of Sports Studies at Springfield College in 1996 and a Master of Education from Springfield in 2002. He was a four-year starter at defense for the Pride and team captain his senior year. Klepacki was a member of the SC team that won the NCAA Division II Championship title in 1994 while finishing second in 1995.

Klepacki was a men's assistant lacrosse coach at the SUNY Oneonta from 1997-99.

Klepacki is a 1991 graduate of Southington High School where he was captain of the boys' lacrosse team, team MVP, and an all-state selection. He also was an all-conference football performer.

Klepacki's wife Aimee Klepacki is the highly-successful women's lacrosse coach at Western New England.

Peter Sessa

Assistant Coach

A 2010 graduate from Springfield College, Sessa's hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed. He was awarded First Team All-Pilgrim and All-Academic twice as well as two-time Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year. Additionally, as captain of the Pride his senior year, he was named to the All-New England Team. After graduation Sessa headed overseas serving as the Local Development Officer for the English Lacrosse Association. He coached and played for the Reading Wildcats, where they set a club record of 12 wins. In addition to playing overseas, Sessa led three university teams as the Head Coach: the Royal Holloway University, Southampton University, and Reading University. 

Once back in the United States, Sessa returned to his alma mater for the 2012 season as the Defensive Coordinator, Face-Off and Goalie Coach. That season the Pride's defense had the 5th best save percentage and 10th best man-down unit in the country. The Pride's defense came in at #15 in D-III. These accolades were enough for Sessa to be recognized as a Finalist for the IMCLA D-III Outstanding Assistant Coach of the Year Award. Well respected Head Coach of the pride, Keith Bugbee is thrilled to see Sessa join the Cannons. 

"Pete is a highly accomplished coach who has been successful at multiple institutions, he has played important roles in all facets of running top collegiate programs. Pete has an outstanding track record of recruiting and developing top-level talent and I am confident he is the perfect person to help fill out the Springfield heavy Cannon’s coaching staff” 

Pete returned back to his hometown of Newton in 2014 to become head coach of the Perennial Power House in the MCLA – Boston College.  Over the next two seasons, Boston College would go undefeated in the PCLL and he would be awarded Coach of the Year honors in his second season.  While coaching at Boston College he once again oversaw a face-off unit in 2015 that would statistically rank #1 in the country.  Throughout the 2014-2016 seasons’ Sessa coached 8 MCLA All-Americans, 18 All-PCLL Players – all the while his team boasted a 3.4 GPA. Sessa’s final record as the Head Coach of Boston College was 22-6. 

Pete is also a 3d NE Senior Manager who oversees the HS select teams while overseeing numerous clinics, camps, recruiting events, 7’s tournaments and box training in the Boston Area.

Michael Fox

Head Equipment Manager

Mike Fox is back for his 8th season with the Cannons as the Head Equipment Manager.

His duties include ordering and maintaining the gear and apparel that the team will wear this coming season.
A veteran of 34 years, he had previously worked in the MLL with the Philadelphia Barrage from 2004-2008 as well as the Philadelphia Summer Showcase, the precursor to the league beginnings.
In addition, he has been with the Philadelphia Wings Indoor lacrosse Team from 2005 to 2014  and has served the US Indoor team for the World games in Halifax 2007, Prague 2011, Onondaga Reservation, Syracuse in 2015 and was named to the 2019 staff for Langley, British Columbia. He has been on staff with the Saint Joseph’s Men’s Lacrosse Team for the past 3 seasons.   

For 13 years he helped run the successful youth program, Ashbee lacrosse in the Philadelphia suburbs and he has run numerous sports safety clinics addressing audiences of youth through college professionals. He has also been an instructor at the Athletic Equipment Managers Association convention, and with the National Youth Sports Coaches Association, certifying youth coaches in several sports. He has been a presenter the past 2 years with the Cannons Coaching Clinic.

His experience on staff in football with the Philadelphia Bell, WFL; The Philadelphia Stars and Pittsburgh Maulers, USFL; the Philadelphia Eagles, NFL; and the Philadelphia Soul, AFL and 33 years with Temple University Football  helped him land the position of Head Equipment Manager for 3 sports movies;  Invincible,  We Are Marshall and  The Game Plan. He also helped out with  Crooked Arrow, a film which his son was the Equipment Manager. 

He was also chosen to be an adult staff member for the USA Luge Development team in 2000.
The son of a former professional basketball player, he wrestled, coached baseball and was the Athletic Trainer at Penn State Abington campus, then played football at Temple University, graduating from both with degrees in Recreation and Sports Administration.

Michael lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife, Mary, and has three sons, Dan (Stefanie), Mike Jr (Kate), and Chris. He also has 4 grandchildren, MJ, Paige, Nora, and William. 

Loryn Strange Watkinson

Player-Team Wellness Coach

Loryn is the Wellness Coach for the Boston Cannons. Loryn works directly with the coaching staff, team and with each player individually on being their best, most competitive version of their LivingProof. In a three-month preseason training program and ongoing throughout the season, Loryn’s work includes nutrition, strength and conditioning, wellness, mindfulness and balanced living.

“In my 12 years in the industry, I have discovered that no one can hide the elements of their ‘LivingProof’ if they want to create meaningful change. I have found that every individual displays and reflects every choice they make with their mind, body, and soul. The outside truly reflects everything that is happening on the inside.”

Loryn’s passion is to help clients build their mind-body connection and motivate them to draw from their inner strength. She believes in educating her clients so they become capable of achieving their highest standards. Loryn coaches a variety of clients and athletes privately, instructs classes for ESPN and conducts motivational speaking engagements for athletes, corporate settings and at wellness events. She hosts many online goal-oriented challenge groups with 100% success rate. Loryn is also a mom of 3 busy teenagers, a former school teacher and a non-profit event planner. She loves to run, go to the gym to lift weights and participates in many outdoor activities with her family and friends.

“The words I live by daily- hold yourself responsible to a higher standard than anyone else expects from you and never make excuses."