Cannons Academy Staff
Head Coach Steve Duffy
Coach Duffy was named the fourth head coach in Cannons history on Novermber 30, 2011. The 2012 season will be his first as head coach and fourth overall year with the Boston Cannons.
Before becoming a part of the Cannons organization, Duffy spent 18 years as the head coach of Waltham High School’s varsity boy’s lacrosse program. During his tenure, he coached four High School All-Americans and many of his players went on to play at the collegiate level.
A few of Duffy’s accolades as coach of Waltham include being named the 2001 and 2005 Metro West Coach of the Year. In 2001 and 2005, Duffy also led his team to the State Semi-Finals and the State Finals, respectively. In addition, Duffy received the 1999 Boston Globe and Eastern Massachusetts Lacrosse Coaches Association (EMLCA) Coach of the Year Award.
Outside of his involvement with Waltham High, Duffy has been an active member in EMLCA as the Director of Coaches Clinics since 1997. Duffy also serves on the associations’ All-American Committee. He continues to be active in camps and clinics throughout Massachusetts.
In 1994, Duffy founded the Waltham Youth Lacrosse Program to help foster a love of the game in the generations of players to come.
Duffy received his Bachelor’s Degree from Westfield State where he was a standout football player. He went on to graduate from American International College with a Masters in Education. He is a Vice-Principal at Waltham High School and a life long resident of Waltham, where he lives with his wife, Marianne, and their two children, Jack and Gina.
Assistant Coach - Jim Murphy
The 2012 season is Jim Murphy’s tenth 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.
Kevin Buchanan (select locations)
Originially from Cockysville, MD, Buchanan attended Ohio State University. He finished his collegiate career with 97 goals and 78 assists for 175 points, ranking 2nd in Ohio State history. Buchanan entered the MLL in 2008 with Los Angeles as an attack player. In 2010 he was traded to the Boston Cannons where he has his breakout season, scoring a career high 20 goals and 33 points in 12 games. Buchanan was a member of the 2011 MLL All Star teams and won MLL Freestyle Skills Competition during halftime of the 2010 All Star game.
Jake Beebe (select locations)
From Sudbury, MA, Jake Beebe attended Springfield College where he ranks 4th all-time in scoring with 253 points on 127 goals and 126 assists. During the 2009 season Beebe remained on the collegiate inactive list. Currently, he is apart of the Boston Cannons practice squad.
JJ Gilbane (select locations)
Gilbane joins the Boston Cannons this year as a rookie. He was drafted by the Cannons in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft. Gilbane played for the Big Red at Cornell as a midfielder. Gilbane excelled during his upperclassman years, playing in 15 games, scoring 10 goals, and adding 1 assist his senior year. Similarly, he played in all 17 games, scored 12 goals, and added 2 assists during his junior year.
Kevin Gould (select locations)
Gould originally hails from Duxbury, MA and is a current member of the Boston Cannons practice squad. Gould was a 2010 Collegiate Draft 7th round pick for the team. Educated at Bentley University Gould put together an impressive senior campaign for the Bentley Falcons, leading the team in scoring with 43 points on 17 goals and 25 assists. He was named a second team All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, and was also named first team All-Conference and All-New England.
Jon Hayes (select locations)
From Waltham, MA, Hayes attended Western New England College where he was a two time USILA Division III All-American, gaining Third Team honors as a senior and honorable mention recognition in his junior season. He was also twice selected to the All-New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) First Team. Hayes was selected first the 2012 Supplemental Draft and has made significant contributions to the team during the 2012 season.
Eric Hagarty (select locations)
Originially from Sudbury, MA, Hagarty played at Endicott College. He was selected during teh 18th round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft. He is currently a goal on the Boston Cannons practice squad.
Paul Rabil (appearance at Connecticut camp only)
Originally from Gaithersburg, MD, Rabil was educated at John's Hopkins University. He was the Cannons first round selection in the Collegiate Draft in 2008. For the second time in his 4 MLL seasons, Rabil was named the 2011 MLL Offensive Player of the Years and the league's Most Valuable Player. In 2011, the Boston Cannons took home their first franchise MLL Championship. Rabil is now one of the three players in lacrosse to have won an MLL, NLL, a World Championship, and Division 1 Championship in his career. Rabil was selected to his 4th consecutive MLL All-Star Game, one for each season he has played. He also won the MLL Freestyle Bud LIght Skills Competition with his version of Blake Friggin's "car jump" for a dunk. Rabil is now the first MLL player to have won the Freestyle Skills Competition and the Fastest Shot Competition. In 2011, Rabil was selected to his first NLL All-Star team. He also helped take the Washington Stealth back to the NLL Championship Game with a chance to repeat as Champions.