January 14, 2011

Manhattan Men Hire Two New Coaches

from press release

RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The Manhattan men's lacrosse program announced Friday the additions of Kyle Ochwat and Spencer Wright to the Jaspers' coaching staff for the 2011 season.

Ochwat and Wright join 14th-year coach Tim McIntee and 3rd-year assistant Rick Ruggles to make up the upcoming season's coaching unit.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome two new members to our program," McIntee said. "Kyle Ochwat and Spencer Wright have extremely distinguished playing careers and will add to our success on both sides of the ball."

A familiar face to Riverdale, N.Y., Ochwat returns to Manhattan's campus as an assistant coach on defense after a four-year playing career for the Jaspers. The long stick defensive midfielder started 29 of the 56 games he appeared in from 2006-10. One of the school's top defenders, he was a vital member of three MAAC playoff teams and was named to the 2010 MAAC All-Conference Tournament Team.

"Kyle played for us and knows our system and expectations," McIntee said. "He will help us immensely on the defensive end and our program will continue to benefit from his hard work and dedication."

Another standout player turned coach; Wright joins Manhattan after spending six years as an assistant at the Fieldston School in Riverdale, N.Y., where he helped aid the Eagles to two state championships in 2005 and 2007. A winner at every level, he played an integral part on two Division I National Championship teams (2000 and 2002) as a midfielder for Syracuse University. Following the 2002 NCAA season, his outstanding play earned him 2nd team All-American honors. In 2003, Wright was drafted by the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse and played five seasons professionally. He will aid the Kelly Green and White in a volunteer role this season.

"Spencer brings a great deal of lacrosse experience to Manhattan," McIntee said. "He's a San Diego native who played at a big college program as well as professionally. These intangibles will help in bringing a bit of a different perspective and outlook to the table."

The Jaspers open the season on Feb. 20th, against Big East Conference foe Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. It will be one of two local games this season featured on FIOS 1 digital cable television.


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