July 1, 2013

NAPS Coach Birsner Named Furman Assistant

from press release

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman head lacrosse coach Richie Meade has announced the hiring of United States Navy Officer Jon Birsner as assistant coach.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity to join Coach Meade's staff at Furman," said Birsner. "I'm looking forward to building a strong Division 1 lacrosse program and am excited to become a part of Furman University, an outstanding school that sets the highest standards for academic and athletic excellence."

Birsner, a native of Levittown, N.Y., has spent the last four seasons as a coach at the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I. He spent the last two seasons as head coach, where he compiled a 23-6 overall record, including a program-best 15-3 record in 2013.

While playing under current Paladin head coach Richie Meade, Birsner was twice named an All-American at Navy. He ranks eighth on the school's all-time points list (154), is fourth all-time in assists (105), and was voted team captain his senior season.

Birsner has spent the last seven years as an officer in the United States Navy as a surface warfare officer, serving in numerous division officer and company commander positions.

A 2006 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Birsner earned a bachelor of science degree in economics.


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