McCreery, DiGiovanni taking reins of ASC LAX
Former assistants named interim menís, womenís head coaches
ALAMOSA, Colo. – Following the resignation of Adams State Director of Lacrosse Jason Lamb on Monday, Jan. 30, Athletics Director Larry Mortensen has announced the John McCreery and Mariana DiGiovanni will take over as the interim head coaches of the men’s and women’s teams, respectively, for the 2012 spring season.
“John and Mariana have both put in a lot of work with the program, and have shown a commitment to the growth of lacrosse at Adams State,” said Mortensen. “We feel that the program is in good hands with them, and we will continue to evaluate the needs of the program throughout the season.”
McCreery came to Adams State in the fall of 2010 as a graduate assistant as the Grizzlies prepared for their first season of play during the spring of 2011. The ASC men’s team put up a 1-10 overall record and went 1-7 in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA), and saw six players earn All-WILA honors. The women, which went 0-11 in their inaugural season including a 0-6 record in the WILA, had eight players earn all-league accolades.
Prior to his arrival at Adams State, McCreery enjoyed successful stints as a head coach for UC-Santa Cruz and the Ole Miss Rebels, both members of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). In 2010, he guided the UC-Santa Cruz Banana Slugs to a 10-5 record and No. 19 ranking in the MCLA Division II. That came after three years (2007-09) at Ole Miss and a one-year stint as the Director of Lacrosse of Palos Verde High School in Los Angeles County.
McCreery’s primary responsibilities for the 2011 spring season included recruiting and serving as the Grizzlies’ defensive coordinator.
“Right now, this is my dream job,” said McCreery of being the Grizzlies head coach. “I recruited a majority of the players here, I know all of them well, and in my second season at Adams State I feel that I’ve come to know the community and I love it here.”
McCreery also added that the emphasis of this season will be on more than wins and losses, and that a primary focus of his will be to “make sure everyone continues to enjoy the sport, and keeping them on top of their academics.”
Following a standout career at Adrian (Mich.) College where she scored 101 goals and tallied 35 assists, DiGiovanni arrived at Adams State prior to the start of the 2011-12 academic year. She racked up previous coaching experience while guiding the U-15 Michigan Girls Select Team during the summer of 2010, and spent time working the Nike Lacrosse Camp and at Adrian College coaching and player camps.
“When I arrived, Jason was really willing to give me as much responsibility with the women’s team as I wanted,” said DiGiovanni. “So I feel like I have a very good handle on what goes into running the women’s program, and for the things that I don’t have as much experience with, John (McCreery) will be around to help out.”
DiGiovanni feels the large role she assumed from the start of the school year will be to her benefit. “The team seems excited for me to take this position, and excited for the season to begin more than anything.”
Despite the changes with the season right around the corner, DiGiovanni said that the goals for year two of ASC women’s lacrosse have not changed.
“We want to be competitive, to fight, and to be in a position where we can win each game. We’ve learned a lot from watching film from last season, and we’ve even seen noticeable improvement from this fall up to now.”
The Grizzly men’s squad will kick the season off this Saturday with a pair of scrimmages at Air Force against both Colorado College and Air Force, while the women will open the seasons with the Colorado College Scrimmage Day in Colorado Springs on Saturday, Feb. 11.