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Cannons Announce 2017 Coaching Staff

December 20, 2016

QUINCY, M.A. (December 20, 2016) –
The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse, the premier outdoor professional lacrosse league, have announced their coaching staff for the 2017 MLL Season.  Sean Quirk, who signed a contract extension in August, enters his second season as the Cannons head coach.

“Sean did a tremendous job for us on and off the field and with a year under his belt, we expect even better things for our team in 2017,” said Cannons General Manager Kevin Barney.  “Coach Quirk has put together a talented and dedicated group of coaches to be on his staff in 2017 that players and fans can be excited about.”

The newest addition to Coach Quirk’s staff is not a new name or face to Cannons fans.  Running the Cannons offense in 2017 will be assistant coach John Tucker.  Tucker joined the Cannons coaching staff in 2013 and took over as head coach mid-season and led the team until the end of the 2015 season.  He returns to the staff as the Offensive Coordinator bringing with him an extensive playing and coaching resume. 

As a player, Tucker was on the undefeated Johns Hopkins 1984 NCAA Championship Team. He went on to win three gold medals on Team USA at the FIL World Championships in 1986, 1990, and 1994.  Tucker also won two championships with the Philadelphia Wings.  As a coach, Tucker has had stints with the LA Riptide, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Atlanta Blaze, and with the Boston Cannons.  He was twice named MLL Coach of the Year (LA 2007 and Boston 2015).

“I am very excited to have gotten to know Coach Tucker during the 2016 season,” said Cannons Head Coach Sean Quirk.  “His passion, knowledge, and commitment to winning in a culture like ours is what excites me about bringing Coach Tucker back to the Cannons.”

Returning for his second season, John Klepacki will be Boston’s defensive coordinator.  Klepacki is the head coach at Western New England University, entering his 16 th season with the Golden Bears.  He has amassed an impressive 204-80 record at WNE including six Commonwealth Coast Conference Championships and eight NCAA tournament appearances.

“Coach Klepacki brings a mindset and leadership style to the defense that is very unique,” said Coach Quirk. “His on and off the field preparation puts our players and defense in a good position to be successful.”

2017 will be the 15 th season with the Cannons for assistant coach Jim Murphy.  Murphy is involved with the Cannons scouting and draft prep, works with the goalies and face off specialists, as well as running the box during games.  He is the longest tenured member of the Cannons.  Murphy is the head coach at Bentley University where he has led the Falcons since 1993.  He is a three-time Northeast-10 Coach of the Year.

Sean Kirwan remains a member of the coaching staff as a special adviser and scout.  Kirwan joined the Cannons in 2016 as offensive coordinator.  Kirwan was the offensive coordinator at Brown University, helping lead them to the NCAA Championship semi-finals.  Kirwan is now the assistant coach at The University of Virginia.

The Cannons support staff consists of two volunteer coaches, Peter Erickson and Ed McCarthy, as well as head equipment manager Michael Fox.  Erickson enters his second season with Cannons and is also an assistant coach at Endicott College.  McCarthy enters his sixth season with the Cannons, providing game day support for the coaching staff and players.  Michael Fox returns for his seventh season with the Cannons as Head Equipment Manager.  Fox has over 35 years’ experience with college and professional football and lacrosse. 

Season Ticket Memberships for the 2017 Cannons Season go on sale now and start at only $180.  Memberships include all seven Cannons home games, ticket exchange program, first access to any home playoff games and more.  CLICK HERE for more information or call the Cannons at 617-746-9933.