June 18, 2012

Coaching Carousel: Chemotti Turns Down BU Job

Loyola offensive coordinator Dan Chemotti turned down an offer to be Boston University's first varsity men's coach.
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by Matt Forman | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

updated 06.18.2012 at 6.59 p.m.

The coaching carousel appears to be in full swing.

Lacrosse Magazine on Friday reported that Duke assistant Chris Gabrielli will be named head coach at Providence College. A Duke spokesman confirmed Gabrielli was leaving for Providence, and the school has tentatively planned a press conference to introduce its new head coach Tuesday, June 26. Before then, a formal announcement is expected later this week, once the appropriate paperwork has been completed.

Meanwhile, sources indicated to LM that Loyola assistant coach Dan Chemotti turned down Boston University's offer to become its first head coach, and he will return to Loyola. A source told LM that Chemotti — believed to be the school's leading candidate, which LM initially reported — was in Boston for a second round of interviews Monday. He received the offer but did not take it, and he called Loyola head coach Charley Toomey late in the afternoon to tell him the news.

Chemotti, who also interviewed at Boston University last Monday and Tuesday, could not be reached for comment.

Chemotti, one of the most well regarded offensive coordinators in the sport, has spent the last five seasons leading the Greyhounds. In 2012, Loyola ranked eighth nationally in scoring offense, averaging 12.05 goals per game — an increase of nearly four goals from 2011 — and first in shots taken (765). He has tutored Eric Lusby and Tewaaraton finalist Mike Sawyer, the first pair of 50-goal scorers in Loyola history, and helped lead the Greyhounds to their first national title.

This weekend a Boston University spokesman wrote in an email: "We cannot confirm that anyone has been hired as the new BU men's lacrosse coach at this time. I anticipate an announcement coming in the very near future." Sources have suggested Gabrielli and Maryland offensive coordinator Ryan Moran were or are among those also considered.

Boston University in mid-February announced it would elevate men's lacrosse from club to varsity status beginning with the 2013-14 season. Last week the school formally accepted an invitation to join the Patriot League for the same season.

Chemotti, one of the most well regarded offensive coordinators in the sport, has spent the last five seasons leading the Greyhounds. In 2012, Loyola ranked eighth nationally in scoring offense, averaging 12.05 goals per game — an increase of nearly four goals from 2011 — and first in shots taken (765). He has tutored Eric Lusby and Tewaaraton finalist Mike Sawyer, the first pair of 50-goal scorers in Loyola history, and helped lead the Greyhounds to their first national title.

Many pieces of the coaching puzzle are expected to fit into place in the coming days.

In late May, U.S. men's national senior team and long-time Navy coach Richie Meade was hired as the first head coach at Furman, which will begin varsity competition by the 2014-15 school year.

Other Division I men's lacrosse coaching vacancies include: Manhattan, Lafayette and Monmouth. Monmouth starts varsity competition in the spring of 2014.


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