Gorman Joins Rutgers Men’s Lacrosse Staff
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers men’s lacrosse completed its coaching staff for the upcoming season, naming John Gorman as an assistant coach. Gorman, who brings nine years of coaching experience to “The Banks”, including the last four seasons as an assistant at Hofstra University, will be the team’s defensive coordinator.
“I am very excited to welcome Coach Gorman to our staff and our Rutgers lacrosse family,” head coach Brian Brecht said. “Coach Gorman brings great experience, both as a player and as a coach on the defensive end of the field. He compliments our staff extremely well, both on and off the field. More importantly, he is a great addition to teach and mentor our current players in the locker room and help them compete for Big Ten Championships while excelling as student-athletes academically during their careers here at Rutgers.”
Gorman has been mentoring the Pride defensive units as they have established themselves among the top groups in the nation, ranking in the top-12 in the NCAA for goals against average each season. In his first season, the team was No. 3 in the country with 7.9 goals allowed per game, and never averaged above 8.5 goals-against under his tutelage, ranking third, seventh, eighth and 12th. The Lindenhurst, New York native was in charge of coordinating the defense and man-down unit, and also ran the substitution box.
While Gorman was at Hofstra, the squad compiled a 32-27 record. This past season they were ranked as high as No. 8 in the country and led the CAA in ground balls per game.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank Hofstra University, President Rabinowitz, Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeff Hathaway and men’s lacrosse coach Seth Tierney for the tremendous opportunity and experience over the last 4 years,” Gorman said. “When the opportunity arose to work under President Barchi, Director of intercollegiate Athletics Patrick Hobbs and men’s lacrosse head coach Brian Brecht, I knew it was the right move. I am excited to start a new chapter in my coaching career here at Rutgers University. I am grateful and honored to be a member of such a well-respected University and Athletic Department.”
Prior to Hofstra, Gorman served as an assistant varsity lacrosse coach at South Side High School on Long Island from 2007 to 2012 while also serving as a physical education teacher. He also presided over multiple camps in Hempstead, N.Y.
As a player, Gorman was a NJCAA All-America second team selection in his one season at Nassau Community College. A team captain, he led the Lions to the division championship and the NJCAA national semifinals.
He then spent three seasons a midfielder at Hofstra. He was part of Hofstra’s 2006 team that posted a school record 17 wins, won the Colonial Athletic Association championship and advanced to the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship quarterfinals. As a senior captain in 2007, Gorman started all 14 games, scooped up 20 ground balls and received the Bengt Barbaccia Award for the second consecutive year. He also earned the David McCarthy Scholarship Award and the 2007 Hofstra University Outstanding Senior Athlete Award. In forty collegiate games at HU, Gorman collected 30 ground balls with one assist.
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