JOHN JEZ MLAX CAMP COORDINATOR JOHN.JEZ@WESTPOINT.EDU
Joe Alberici enters his 12th season at the helm of the Army lacrosse program in 2017. Following in the footsteps of some of the biggest names in the history of the sport, Alberici roams the same sideline where Hall of Fame legends such as Jack Emmer, Ace Adams, Dick Edell and F. Morris Touchstone, once tread.
A former assistant to Emmer, Alberici returned to the banks of the Hudson River after a nine-year stint as an assistant coach at Duke where he helped the Blue Devils tighten their grip as one of the nation’s premier lacrosse programs.
Alberici became the 10th head coach in Army’s storied 90-year history in 2006, and was tasked to fill the big shoes left by his mentor, Emmer, who retired as college lacrosse’s all-time winningest coach in 2005.
Alberici led Army to its first-ever Patriot League tournament title in 2010, defeating Navy, 11-8, in the championship contest. The Black Knights, who compiled a 6-0 conference record during the regular season for the first time that spring, went on to upset No. 2-ranked Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Alberici helped mold Garrett Thul ‘13 into the national Rookie of the Year in 2010 as the attackman set plebe records in goals and points. Thul joined Jeremy Boltus ‘11 - Army’s most recent first team All-American - and 2013 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year John Glesener as three of Alberici’s most prized recruits as of late.
Head Lacrosse Coach Joe Alberici
Kyle Georgalas, a former first team All-Ivy League, honorable mention All-America selection and later five-year assistant coach at Cornell University, joined Army West Point’s lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in August 2011.
In his five seasons at the Academy, Georgalas has proved to be a valuable asset to the coaching staff both on the field and recruiting trail. He is primarily responsible for coordinating the Black Knights’ offense as well as overseeing the man-down defense and goalkeepers.
Since his arrival at West Point, Georgalas has played an integral role in helping shape the Black Knights’ offense, which averages better than 10 goals per game consistently.
In addition to his offensive duties, he has worked as the faceoff specialist coach in the past and Georgalas watched Derek Sipperly ‘12 garner second team All-Patriot League plaudits and the No. 2 spot on Army West Point’s single-season face-off wins list with 171. More recently, Alex Daly, during his sophomore season was one of the league’s breakout stars at the “x” after a stellar rookie campaign. A first team All-Patriot League performer, Daly finished the season ranked 10th in the nation with a 58.6 face-off win percentage.
Assistant Lacrosse Coach Kyle Georgalas
Justin Ward joined the Army West Point men's lacrosse coaching staff in the summer of 2017.
Ward comes to West Point after spending three seasons at Georgetown as an assistant.
During his final year at Georgetown, Ward took over offensive coordinator duties and was responsible for developing the Hoyas attackmen, offensive personnel and extra man units. The Hoyas scored over 10 goals a game in 2017 and increased their goal output from 2016 to 2017 by 42 goals. He helped tutor Daniel Bucaro to one of the best seasons in Georgetown history with 40 goals and 53 points and was an All-BIG EAST first team member. Bucaro was one of three first teamers, which were the most in program history for a single season.
In 2016, Ward was instrumental in the development of rookie attackman Daniel Bucaro to a team-leading 31 points (18G, 13A) en route to being named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and earning All-BIG EAST second team honors.
Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach Justin Ward
Rick Lewis joined the Army West Point men's lacrosse coaching staff in the fall of 2018. He will serve as a Volunteer Assistant Coach under Head Coach Joe Alberici.
Lewis comes to West Point after coaching high school and club lacrosse in his home state of Georgia. He played an integral role in developing the sport of lacrosse in Georgia.
As the offensive coordinator for the Lambert High School boys’ lacrosse team, Lewis helped lead the Longhorns to their fourth state championship in nine years. The team finished with a record of 22-0 in 2018. Lewis was voted the GHSA Assistant Coach of the Year for this feat.
He was a captain for the 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes men's lacrosse team where he was a midfielder appearing in 43 games in his four-year career. Lewis was voted an NCSA Strength and Conditioning All-American his senior season.
Lewis was drafted in the 2015 National Lacrosse League Draft by the Georgia Swarm. He was also drafted in the Major League Lacrosse Draft after graduation by the Atlanta Blaze.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Lewis now resides in Highland Falls, N.Y.
VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH RICK LEWIS
John Jez has coached at the collegiate level for over 20 years, 13 years as a Head Coach at LIU-Post and Pace University. Jez’s head coaching record includes: over 140 victories, two NCAA national titles, three NCAA championship game appearances, seven NCAA championship appearances and seven conference championships. On his watch, eighty-six players have earned East Coast Conference year-end honors, including two Rookies of the Year and two Players of the Year, one ECAC Player of the Year, 54 All-America distinctions, including 13 First Team, 21 Second Team, 5 Third Team and 15 Honorable Mention selections and 10 Academic All-Americans
Under his tutelage, 4 of Jez’s student-athletes were honored as top players in their respective positions by the USILA, while 2 received the Lt. Raymond Jenners award for National Player of the Year.
Jez has been selected 4 times as NCAA Division II Coach of the Year by Field Turf, Lacrosse Magazine, USILA and Captain U.
Jez recently was the general manager for the 2016 U.S. Under 19 Men's National Lacrosse team. He was also an assistant general manager for the 2010 US Men’s National Lacrosse team and was on the support staff for the 2008 and 2012 US Under-19 National Lacrosse team and the 2006 US National team. During the summer of 2012, Jez came on board as an assistant coach for the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse.
A native of Ossining, NY, Jez earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine-Exercise Science in 1994 from Pfeiffer University. He was a four-year letterwinner at the North Carolina school, helping lead the team to national Top-10 ranking his junior and senior seasons. A two-time All-American midfielder in 1993 and 1994, Jez was selected as an alternate for the North-South Senior All-Star game in 1994 and was named Pfeiffer University’s lacrosse MVP that same year. He completed his master’s degree in Criminal Justice at LIU Post in May 2010.
Lacrosse Support Staff John Jez
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