Hofstra Adds Alum Brazel to Staff
from press release
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Hofstra University Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Seth Tierney today announced that Pride alumnus J.P. Brazel, who has coached at three NCAA Division I institutions, has been named assistant lacrosse coach. His appointment is effective immediately
Brazel, a former goalie at Hofstra during the 2001 and 2002 seasons, returns to Hofstra after serving as an assistant coach under head coach Bob Shillinglaw at Colonial Athletic Association-foe Delaware during the 2010-11 academic year. While with the Blue Hens, he served as an offensive assistant coach, and coached the Delaware goalies as well as the team's attack unit. He coached four All-CAA players and one USILA All-America selection as the Blue Hens won the CAA Championship and advanced to the NCAA Championship Tournament.
Prior to coaching at Delaware, Brazel spent three seasons (2007-10) at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. While at Sacred Heart, Brazel's duties included coaching goaltenders, coordinating the team's defense and man-down unit, recruiting, monitoring academic progress and assisting head coach Tom Mariano with all other day-to-day lacrosse operations. During his tenure at Sacred Heart, Brazel coached three All-Colonial Athletic Association defenders in addition to coaching the programs goaltenders to top 15 national rankings in save percentage and top two national rankings in saves per game in 2009 and 2010.
Brazel began his Division I coaching career during the 2006-07 year at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. He served as offensive coordinator and goalie coach at Manhattan under head coach Tim McIntee. Under his assistance, the Jaspers made a jump of more than three goals per game during the 2007 season.
Brazel began his college coaching career as an assistant coach under Rich Speckmann from 2003 to 2006 at Nassau Community College. While at Nassau, Brazel guided the development of the team's goaltenders and defensive units as well as working with the team's face-off specialists. He helped lead the school to the NJCAA semifinals and regional championship in both 2003 and 2004. During his tenure at Nassau, Brazel coached seven NJCAA All-American defenders as well as a two-time All-American goalie.
Nassau was also the start of Brazel's college academic and athletic career. In 1999, Brazel earned National Junior College Athletic Association All-American and NJCAA Goalie of the Year while helping the Lions to NJCAA national title. As a freshman in 1998, he was a member of Nassau's NJCAA semifinal team.
Brazel then moved on to Hofstra and was part of the Pride's NCAA Tournament appearances in 2000 and 2001and was a member of the second highest ranked team in Hofstra history in 2002.
Brazel holds a degree in psychology from Hofstra University and has presented at both the U.S. Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association and Connecticut High School Coaches conventions during the last two years.
Brazel resides in East Meadow, N.Y. with his wife, Jenna. He replaces Joe Amplo, who left Hofstra to accept the head coaching position at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.