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Ryan Wellner | Assistant Coach | Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan announced the hiring of Ryan Wellner as an assistant coach on July 15, 2019. Wellner serves the program as the defensive coordinator and director of recruiting for the Irish.
Wellner joins the Notre Dame staff after a successful eight-year stint at the Naval Academy. He spent the last three seasons as the associate head coach after five years of being an assistant. Wellner is widely regarded as one of the top defensive coaches in the sport and he also served as the Midshipmen’s recruiting coordinator.
Under Wellner’s direction, Navy’s defensive unit held opponents to an average under nine goals per game in four seasons. In 2019, Navy featured one of the best riding units in the country, ranking fourth in opponent clearing percentage (.737).
Danny Cocchi | Assistant Coach | Rutgers
He joined the Rutgers lacrosse coaching staff in 2018 as an assistant coach, serving as the team's defensive coordinator for the past two seasons. He came to RU from Towson, where he spent seven seasons as an assistant coach.
In Cocchi's first season on the staff (2019), Rutgers won seven games, highlighted by a 14-6 victory at No. 4 Ohio State that tied for the program's highest ever ranked road victory. On the defensive end of the field, goalkeeper Max Edelmann was named a Third Team All-American, First Team All-Big Ten and Big Ten Co-Specialist of the Year. Cocchi also mentored defenseman Kyle Pless to Second Team All-Big Ten and Honorable Mention All-American honors. Following the season, Cocchi served as an assistant coach for the Division I/II South Team in the 2019 USILA North/South Senior All-Star Game. Rutgers was sixth in the nation with 14.27 saves per game.
Cocchi was on the Towson coaching staff from 2011 to 2018. During that time, the Tigers made four NCAA Tournament appearances and won five NCAA Tournament games, including a berth in the 2017 NCAA Semifinals. Three times in the last four years the Tigers had a top-six defense in the nation.
Coaches from the other schools listed will be announced as we get closer.