Capuzzi, Dionne, Heuther Join Navy Women's Coaching Staff
from Press Release
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Head coach Cindy Timchal has added Gabby Capuzzi (Ohio State '12) and Josh Dionne (Duke '14) to the Navy lacrosse staff, both as assistant coaches Monday. Meg Huether (Duke '06) will also join Timchal's staff as a volunteer assistant.
"I am very honored to announce Gabby, Josh and Meg to the Navy women's lacrosse coaching staff," Timchal said. "It will be great to have three very accomplished individuals who succeeded at the highest level in college lacrosse bestow their experiences to the program. I have no doubt that all three will do a great job and help our program in the best possible way."
Capuzzi has spent the last two seasons working various roles as a part of the Ohio State coaching staff, including the 2013-14 season as the program's full-time assistant coach. She helped guide the Buckeyes to a 13-7 record and their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 11 years last season. Capuzzi focused on the offense along with various administrative and recruiting duties.
"I am really excited for this great opportunity to coach at the Naval Academy," Capuzzi said. "I am ready for the chance to keep this program at the top of the Patriot League and at the same time help it grow. I feel that bringing my experiences at the highest level from the BIG TEN, both as a coach and a player, can be beneficial to the team."
Former All-American Capuzzi lettered from 2009-12 at Ohio State. She led the team with 42 goals, 52 draw controls, 38 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers in 2012 and is the OSU record holder for career draws (166) after previously tying the single-season draw record in 2012 and owning two of the top three positions.
Capuzzi is already familiar with the Naval Academy lacrosse atmosphere, having worked as a Navy camp counselor and instructor for the past five summers in Annapolis. She will be Navy's top assistant and be responsible for coaching the defense.
Dionne is a two-time USILA Division I All-American and was a part of Duke's back-to-back run as NCAA national champions (2013-14). A four-year letterwinner at attack for the Blue Devils, he accrued 162 points on 140 goals and 22 assists in 78 games. Dionne was recently selected 18th overall in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse draft by the Charlotte Hounds.
"Getting a chance to work at the Naval Academy and be a part of a lacrosse program, in my opinion, is a dream come true," Dionne said. "To be able to work with coach Timchal is an honor by having the chance to learn from someone that is well respected in the sport."
Dionne spent the summer of 2011 mentoring and coaching 14 to 16 year old players as the New England Select head lacrosse coach. He helped players gain knowledge of the game, improve their lacrosse skills and instill a good team philosophy. Dionne will be the Mids' second assistant and will guide the offense.
Huether, who will focus on coaching the goalkeepers, has extensive knowledge at the position as a coach and as a player. She spent two years as an assistant coach (2006-08) and two years as a volunteer assistant coach (2008-10) at William & Mary.
Primarily assisting with the Tribe's defense and goalkeepers, she was instrumental in helping a pair of keepers garner all-conference honors. As a freshman in 2008, Emily Geary earned all-league distinction after leading the Colonial Athletic Association and ranking 12th nationally with 10.16 saves per game. Additionally, Geary was fifth in the country with 193 saves and ranked second in the league with a .483 save percentage, a figure that ranked 17th nationally.
"I am excited to be a part of such a prestigious university and program," Huether said. "Having the opportunity to work under Cindy and a great group of goalies, I am ready for the chance to help the program compete at the highest level possible."
Huether graduated from Duke University in 2006 after a standout career in the cage. She started all 79 games of her career, finished with a record of 60-17, and set school records for minutes played (4,505) and saves (646). Huether ranks second in Blue Devil history in career goals against average (7.67), third in save percentage (.529) and fourth in ground balls (175). In 2005, she was named the IWLCA Goalie of the Year after leading Duke to the ACC Tournament title and the NCAA semifinals. A two-time All-ACC selection, Huether led the Blue Devils back to the ACC finals and the NCAA semifinals while going 18-2 in goal as a senior.
Huether will be the third member of Navy's staff as the volunteer assistant and coach the goalkeepers.
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