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 Divsion II Goalie of the Year
John Klepacki joins the Cannons for his first season as assistant coach in 2016. Klepacki just 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.
The 2016 season is Jim Murphy’s 14th 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.
Sean Kirwan joins the Boston Cannons for his first seasonin 2016. Kirwan is also an assitant coach at Brown University. Kirwan joined the Brown coaching staff as an assistant coach in August 2014, coming to Brown from Tufts, where he was an offensive assistant coach for two years (2013 and 2014), helping the Jumbos to the NCAA National Championship in 2014.
"The time spent with Sean Kirwan in the hiring process made it crystal clear to me that he is a rising star in the lacrosse coach industry," said Tiffany. "He possesses tactical prowess, always keeping the gears churning in his brain and analyzing how to best attack opposing defenses. Sean also has a never-ending motor when it comes to the will to work, to make individual lacrosse players better shooters, dodgers, feeders and decision-makers. The success he had as an offensive coach at Tufts is truly unprecedented and matchless. I am excited for Brown Lacrosse and for my own personal development as we challenge each other's units in the months and years ahead."
At Tufts, Kirwan guided the offense to an NCAA-leading 423 goals in 2014, the most all-time by any team in NCAA lacrosse history (all divisions). His Tufts squad also led the nation in team goals and assists (251). Kirwan coached three 100+ point scorers, the first time in NCAA history that three players from one team scored over 100 points in the same season.
A native of New Jersey, where he attended Mountain Lakes High School, Kirwan is a 2012 graduate of Tufts, where he broke single season and career goal scoring records with 66 goals in 2011 and 150 career goals. An All-American in 2011 and 2012, he was also an Academic All-American and team captain in 2012. He also played on Tufts' 2010 NCAA National Championship team.
Assistant Head Coach
Peter Erickson enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Boston Cannons. Prior to this, Erickson was an assistant coach for the Endicott men's lacrosse program for two years.
Erickson was a midfielder and two-time captain for the Gulls who finished with 78 career points (38g, 40a). In his senior year, he was named the All-CCC Second Team. In his grad year, Erickson was named CCC Short-Stick Specialist of the Year after totaling 19 points (9g, 10a) with 29 groundballs and 12 caused turnovers. A four-time CCC Academic All-Conference honoree, Erickson graduated Cum Laude with a Liberal Studies major and received his Master’s in Education during his graduate year.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
2016 will be the 4th season for Kavanaugh as a volunteer assistant coach for the Cannons. In addition to being the Boys High School Lacrosse Director for the East Coast Wizards, Kieran is also the offensive coordinator for Division II Bentley University. Prior to Bentley, Coach Kavanaugh spent 2 seasons as the head varsity coach for Wilmington High School, leading the team to some of its most succesful seasons and the program's only state playoff bid. As a player, Kavanaugh played collegiately at Daniel Webster college where he earned All-Conference honors and helped the team to one of its most successful stints in program history. Prios to college he played at East Lyme High School in Connecticut, earning All-American accolades and State Player of the Year honors his senior year.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Ed McCarthy, a teacher and coach for over twenty-fine years, is appreciative of a great career educating student-athletes and working alongside great coaches.
An all-star football and lacrosse player at Newton High School, as well as an Honor Student, he then went on to work hard and acheive success as an All-New-England midfielder and Presidential Scholar at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
After college, Ed has continued to educate. With a masters degree from the University of Massachusetts, Midlebury College , and Columbia University, Ed has served schools as a football, wrestling and lacrosse coach and as an English Department Head and presently as a Writing Program Director. He has coached lacrosse at Newton North, The Fessendon School, and most memorably he served as the Defensive Coordinator at the national powerhouse St. Paul's School in the MIAA Conference in Baltimore.
He is presently in his third yearas the Volunteer Assistant Coach of the Boston Cannons.
Ed is most proud of his work with non-profits, serving on the Board of MetroLacrosse and being a fervent supporter of Boston Youth Wrestling and of the Cannonball Foundation.On the side, Ed has spoken and written to national and international audienceson the topic of Boys and Education. A family man, he is a grateful husband and father of two boys - Eamon, 7, and Liam, 5.
Head Equipment Manager
Mike Fox is back for his 4th 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 since the 2005 season and has served the US Indoor team for the World games in both Halifax in 2007 and Prague 2011 as the Equipment Manager.
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.
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 30 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, Mike Jr. and Chris.