Sean QuirkHead Coach
Off the field, Quirk led the way in the Cannons community out-reach, making several appearances at youth lacrosse meetings, talking to youth coaches and players, and running clinics. He helped develop the Cannons 1st Annual Coaches Symposium, held on April 3, 2016, and made numerous media appearances and interviews throughout the year.
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)
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 143 All-Conference players including 15 Players of the Year and six Rookies of the Year
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 KlepackiAssistant Coach
John Klepacki joined the Cannons in 2016 and served as assistant coach and defensive coordinator. Klepacki is entering his 16th season as the Western New England University men's lacrosse coach, and continues to establish himself among the top coaches in the nation today. Klepacki has posted an impressive 204-80 career and school mark for a .718 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.
John TuckerAssistant Coach
John Tucker returns for his second stint with the Cannons, rejoining for the 2017 season as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator. Tucker originally joined Boston in 2013 as an assistant coach and was the head coach of the Cannons from mid-season 2013 through the 2015 season.
Tucker has an extensive playing and coaching career. As a player he has an NCAA Championship with the undefeated 1984 Johns Hopkins team. He is a three time gold medal world champion with Team USA and two time Major Indoor Lacrosse League Champion with the Philadelphia Wings.
Tucker is a two time MLL Coach of the Year, first in 2007 with the LA Riptide and in 2015 with the Cannons.
Jim MurphyAssistant Coach
The 2017 season is Jim Murphy’s 15th 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 KirwanSpecial Advisor
Sean Kirwan joined the Boston Cannons for his first season in 2016 as an assistant and offensive coordinator. After accepting the assistant coach position at the University of Virginia, he moved to an advisor role with the Cannons. He was formerly the assistant coach at Brown University, helping lead them to the NCAA semifinals. 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.
Pete SessaAssistant 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 home town 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 over sees the HS select teams, while overseeing numerous clinics, camps, recruiting events, 7’s tournaments and box training in the Boston Area.
Ed McCarthyVolunteer Assistant Coach
Ed McCarthy serves as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Boston Cannons, providing game-day support for coaches and players.
Born and raised in nearby Newton, Massachusetts, McCarthy was an all-star football and lacrosse player at Newton North High School as well as an honor student.
McCarthy played his collegiate lacrosse at Massachusetts Maritime Academy while studying mechanical engineering. He was an all-league and all-New England midfielder who also won Academy Presidential Scholarships for academic achievement.
McCarthy has taught and coached football, wrestling, and lacrosse at many schools, including Newton North, the Fessenden School, and St. Paul’s School in Baltimore. He presently serves as the Director of the Writing Program at St. Sebastian’s.
Coach McCarthy has earned masters degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, and Columbia University – where he was a Klingenstein Leadership fellow. He is interested in and researches the intersections of lacrosse, character, and coaching. He is presently working on a presentation for U.S. Lacrosse.
McCarthy has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on the topics of boys and education. He is most proud of his work with non-profits, serving on Metro Lacrosse’s Board of Advisors and working on literacy projects in local libraries. He provides free clinics and presentations, so please contact him if he can help your organization or community in any way: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed is married to Jessica and is the father of Eamon and Liam, two budding midfielders!
Michael FoxHead Equipment Manager
Mike Fox is back for his 7th 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.
John YeagerPlayer-Team Development/Mental Skills Coach
Dr. John Yeager brings a double-barreled expertise to the Boston Cannons. From an illustrious lacrosse playing and coaching career to his organizational behavior work with athletic teams, businesses, educational institutions, municipalities, and law enforcement, Yeager walks the talk as he leads individuals, teams and organizations to develop their capacity to flourish.
As a goaltender, he was named to the All-New England team all four years of his career at Boston State (now UMASS Boston). He was tabbed Boston State's Most Valuable Player for his senior campaign to wrap up a college lacrosse career that saw him finish as the program's all-time leader in games played (54), victories (39), saves (937) and lowest goals against average (5.3), while leading the Warriors to a 39-15 mark for a .722 winning percentage.
Yeager continued his lacrosse career with the Brine Lacrosse Club from 1976-85, before moving on to the USA Box Lacrosse team from 1979-80, where he was a game MVP at the World Championships in Vancouver, Canada. He also enjoyed two seasons with the New England Blazers of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League from 1989-90 and was an Assistant Coach and the General Manager for the Blazers from 1990-93. Yeager also had coaching stints with Framingham North and Marblehead High Schools, Tufts University and the College of the Holy Cross as well as the Culver Academies, where he led the program to a pair of Indiana State championships. He was the Founder and Director of Peak Goalie camps, where he eventually handed over the reins to Cannon’s Head Coach, Sean Quirk.
Yeager is a member of the New England, Eastern Massachusetts, and UMASS Boston/Boston State Hall of Fames, and was named as one of the top 20 New England lacrosse players of all time by the New England Lacrosse Journal.
Yeager is the founder and chief executive officer of the Yeager Leadership Group, LLC (YLG) and the Director for the Center for Character Excellence at the Culver Academies in Indiana. Prior to coming to Culver, he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Boston University, where he previously completed his doctoral work. He is also a graduate of the nation’s first Applied Positive Psychology degree program at The University of Pennsylvania.
Through his work with YLG, he helps athletic teams discover their positive core, then envision possibilities, and design systems and strategies to provide a sustainable road map for success. With individual athletes, he helps them tune various mental preparation skills to bring out the best in themselves and others on the field.
He currently works with several of Harvard University’s Men’s athletic teams, and with the Norwich University Men’s Hockey team. In the past he has worked with the US Women’s National Field Hockey Team, Northeastern University’s Women’s Field Hockey team, and the 1991 National Champion Boston University Women’s Crew team.
He is the author, co-author of four books including: Character of Coaching - Building Virtue in Athletic Programs and The Character and Culture of Lacrosse. He has presented at several US Lacrosse National Conventions.
John lives in Culver, Indiana with his wife Laura. Their daughter, Megan, is a freshman at Georgetown University.