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JU names John Galloway men's lacrosse coach

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University has landed a pair of lacrosse icons to lead its men’s program as Providence College assistant coach John Galloway has been named head coach, JU Director of Athletics Alex Ricker-Gilbert said Friday.

Galloway, one of the young legends in the sport, has been at Providence four years after spending one year as a volunteer assistant at Duke and will bring one of the game’s most famous players ever, Casey Powell, as his offensive coordinator.

“John Galloway is exactly the right person to be the next head coach of our men’s lacrosse program,’’ Ricker-Gilbert said. “After an exhaustive search, there was no doubt in my mind that he is who we need to lead our young men forward. John has had success at every level both playing and coaching and his passion for student-athletes and the game was evident from our first conversation. He is a person of the highest character and that trait carries more weight than any other. I am thrilled to welcome John to the JU family.”

From Syracuse, N.Y., Galloway played goalkeeper for Syracuse University and ended his college career with an NCAA record 59 wins while playing a record 3,776 minutes. He was a two-time first team All-American at the position, the only goalie in Orange history to earn that honor twice. He also is the only goalie in NCAA history to win national championships in his freshman and sophomore years.

In addition to his on-field presence, Galloway, 27, was a two-time national Academic All-American and on the Big East All-Academic team twice.

While at Providence, Galloway helped coach Peter Badgley to the Big East Goaltender of the Year and All-Big East first team, the first time in program history that a Friar has earned the honor. He also mentored Jarrod Neumann to All-Big East first team honors.

Galloway also plays for the Rochester Rattlers of the Major League Lacrosse.

In his first season as a pro, he was named Rattlers’ Rookie of the Year and was named Goaltender of the Year in 2014. He helped lead the Rattlers to the MLL championship game and was selected to play in the MLL All-Star Game in 2015. In addition to playing professionally, Galloway was a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2014.

“Lacrosse has given me opportunities that I would have never dreamed of when I first picked up a stick,’’ Galloway said. “Today, one of those dreams has become a reality. I want to thank Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert, JU President (Tim) Cost and the entire Jacksonville University community for the opportunity to achieve that dream. This position marks what I believe to be the highest honor in our sport: coach, teacher and mentor.’’

Galloway took time to honor his mentors after being named.

“I would like to thank the amazing leaders that have guided me to this exciting new chapter in my career,’’ he said. “Under the tutelage of (Providence head coach) Chris Gabrielli and (Duke head coach) John Danowski, I learned what it meant to lead a life with a steel moral compass. I am forever grateful for their time and patience as I grew into the man that I am today.’’

Coming on board as first assistant with Galloway is former Syracuse standout and current MLL player, Powell.

An attack/midfielder, Powell was a four-time All-American at Syracuse and is the only player to have been named National Player of the Year at both positions.

He began his MLL career in 2001 and heading into the 2016 season Powell was the all-time leader in MLL scoring with 504 points. He was the MLL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 and Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 when he scored 57 points for the season.

He also was a five-time All Star in the National Lacrosse League Pro Indoor.

“To achieve greatness, you must surround yourself with great people,’’ Galloway said. “We are excited to welcome the most prominent player to ever grace our game to the Jacksonville University family. Casey Powell will join our staff as the offensive coordinator, and more importantly, an ambassador to the sport of lacrosse. Together, I believe we can establish Jacksonville University as a mainstay in the national lacrosse landscape.’’

In addition to his stellar career, Powell has ventured into the business world. His efforts have resulted in the Casey Powell World Lacrosse Foundation, a non-profit organization that exists to unify and energize the entire lacrosse community world-wide. He has an acclaimed video game, Casey Powell Lacrosse 16, release earlier this year for play on various home entertainment systems.