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Coaching Carousel: Lafayette’s Jim Rogalski Leaves School, Heads To Michigan

Plus: A former Navy assistant stays in-state, and some schedule reports and rumors.

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It appears the coaching carousel didn’t stop after Mark Miyashita was hired by Canisius.

Earlier this morning, the Lafayette Leopards announced that head coach Jim Rogalski would resign as head coach of the team after spending five seasons in Easton to accept another coaching position elsewhere. He went 14-54 in his career with the team, after coming from Division III Scranton, where he went 18-15 with the Royals. In Patriot League play, he went 3-35.

The Lafayette press release listed Rogalski’s overall record at 12-42, which was his record prior to Lafayette’s 2-12 mark in 2017.

Hired as the 19th head coach in program history, Rogalski recently completed his fourth season with the Maroon and White, going 12-42 during that stretch. Prior to his arrival on College Hill, he spent two seasons as the head coach at the University of Scranton, holding a record of 18-15. Prior to Scranton, he was an assistant under Jim Stagnitta at Rutgers for six seasons. A St. Mary’s Annapolis graduate, Rogalski also spent time at Drexel, along with a few other Division III schools.

Ed Williams will be the team’s interim head coach for the season, with a national search getting underway after the 2018 season. Williams was with Rogalski in Scranton as the team’s recruiting and travel coordinator.

Here’s the updated Coaching Carousel Big Board. Hopefully that’s it:

2017 Coaching Carousel Big Board

School Former BOSS New BOSS
School Former BOSS New BOSS
Delaware Bob Shillinglaw Ben DeLuca
Michigan John Paul Kevin Conry
Cornell Matt Kerwick Peter Milliman (interim)
St. Bonaventure N/A Randy Mearns
Canisius Randy Mearns Brendan Murphy (interim)
Canisius (again) Brendan Murphy (interim) Mark Miyashita
Lafayette Jim Rogalski Ed Williams (interim)

As for Rogalski’s next stop, Inside Lacrosse is reporting that he will join Kevin Conry’s staff with the Michigan Wolverines. He’ll join Conor Ford, who was retained as the offensive coordinator last month. Rogalski will more than likely take a defensive role with the team, replacing Ken Broschart, who went to High Point during the offseason.

Mike Phipps To Georgetown, Camposa Promoted At Navy

IL’s Terry Foy also reported that the Georgetown Hoyas have hired former Navy Midshipmen assistant Mike Phipps to be their top assistant and offensive coordinator. He joins David Shriver, who comes over from Penn State.

Phipps was at Navy for the past three seasons, as he helped the Midshipmen average 15.21 points per game last season, which was their best in that category since 2007. He also spent three seasons as an assistant coach at High Point. He also made stops at Severn school and his alma mater of Maryland, where he was their Director of Lacrosse Operations in 2008.

Phipps’s younger brother, Brian Phipps, was an assistant under current Georgetown head coach Kevin Warne in 2013 and 2014.

Meanwhile, Navy and head coach Rick Sowell will promote Rob Camposa to a full-time assistant coach with the team. Camposa spent last season as a volunteer assistant after stops with Molly College and at Rutgers for two seasons.

A former Stony Brook netminder, Camposa helped freshman goaltender Ryan Kern in starting all 14 games and backstopping an upset of Army West Point late in the season.

Might Camposa take over a part of the offense with Phipps gone? Associate Head Coach Ryan Wellner is their defensive-minded coach, while Sowell played midfield at Washington College in the 80s. Maybe he works with the offense a little bit, along with the face-off unit? Not sure, but it’s a great step for Camposa coaching wise.

There’s still job openings at Princeton, Lafayette, and St. Bonaventure. The Tigers are looking to replace Jesse Bernhardt after he went to Maryland, while the Leopards will need to find two assistants after Williams took over as interim head coach and Mike Terranova left to become the head coach at Division II Chestnut Hill College. Bonnies head coach Randy Mearns has yet to announce the rest of his staff.

Past Two National Champions To Play In California

We’re getting closer to full schedule releases from teams in the fall and winter, but we officially know another game on the season.

The Maryland Terrapins and the North Carolina Tar Heels will face off in this year’s Pacific Coast Shootout at Orange Coast College in California, according to the event’s website. The past two national champions will play on Saturday, March 24 in a game that should definitely be a treat for those out west.

Last year’s game saw Virginia barely edge Cornell in a high-scoring overtime victory, 19-18.

This will be Maryland’s third time in the event, while North Carolina will make their second appearance. The two teams played each other in this event in 2015, when the Terps edged the Tar Heels, 10-8.

That joins the Cleveland State Vikings opening up next season against the Bellarmine Knights. Last season, the two teams scrimmaged in January.

I’ve also heard about the Hofstra Pride opening next season against the Ohio State Buckeyes on the road, and the Pride will also host UNC, according to WRHU’s interview with head coach Seth Tierney on The Locker Room. Tierney added that North Carolina informed the program it would be the last time the two schools face off for some time. The teams played each other in Chapel Hill for the past two years, with the Pride taking both meetings.

Other rumors that have been floated around include Syracuse traveling to take on Rutgers, the Orange beginning the season in the Carrier Dome against Binghamton, and a late season home game against Navy.