PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse head coach Taylor Wray has announced the addition of Scott Meehan to the coaching staff as the Hawks' new offensive coordinator, it was announced on Friday morning.
"Dan Keating has been with me on Hawk Hill from my first day on the job and has been instrumental in everything that we have accomplished over the last seven years," said Wray. "I am so grateful for the time and incredible dedication he has given to our program and all that he has done for our student-athletes. I've learned a lot from my time with Coach Keating, and I going to miss him greatly. I wish him and his family the absolute best."
Meehan arrives on Hawk Hill by way of Binghamton University, where he was an assistant coach with the Bobcats since this past August.
"I'm excited to announce Scott Meehan as our new offensive coordinator," said Wray. "I've seen first-hand the job that he did at conference opponent Mount St. Mary's, and he gets incredibly high praise from head coach Dan Chemotti from his time at Richmond. The thing that stuck out most to me about Scott during the interview process is the passion he has for coaching and his love of teaching the game."
Prior to that stop, Meehan spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator at conference-mate Mount St. Mary's during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Meehan coached an offense that ranked 18th nationally in both points per game and assists per game and 23rd in scoring offense. In Meehan's two seasons at the helm of the Mountaineers' offense, MSM improved from 8.7 goals per game to 11.2 goals per game.
Meehan served as a volunteer assistant at the University of Richmond for the 2015-16 season, where the Spiders were ranked as high as 18th nationally and finished the spring at 11-5 overall, their highest ranking and best finish in program history.
Beginning his coaching experience at Franklin and Marshall College, Meehan took on the role of head assistant from Summer 2012 through Fall 2015, where he oversaw offensive schemes and the extra man offense and coached three All-Americans. In 2013, the Diplomats' coaching staff was tabbed the Centennial Conference Coaching Staff of the Year.
Meehan was a four-year attackman at Washington and Lee University from 2009-12, where he notched 93 points (49g, 23a) and served as team captain in a senior season in which he went for 30 goals and 23 assists en route to team MVP honors. He graduated from Washington and Lee with a degree in economics in 2012.
Wray also announced the promotion of Mike Horowitz. Entering his fifth season this spring, Horowitz will move into the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator role. After serving as a volunteer assistant coach in 2014-15, Horowitz was promoted to assistant coach for the 2016 campaign and has assisted in all facets of the program, with a specific focus on mentoring SJU's goalkeepers, face-off unit and coordinating the riding and clearing game. In his first two seasons, he assisted at the defensive end, scouting and organizing the scout team offense. The last two seasons he worked at the offensive side in the the opposite roles.
"Mike Horowitz has been on staff with me for five years now," said Wray. "He has shown incredible loyalty and demonstrated the ability to make an impact coaching at both end of the field, as well as the specialty positions. Mike has been a jack of all trades these last few seasons, and I think that has helped him become a very well-rounded coach. He served as the defensive coordinator with both the Israeli U-19 National Team and the Israeli Senior Men's National Team this past summer at the FIL World Championships. He has proven he is ready to handle the added responsibility of being the defensive coordinator here at SJU."
Charles Giunta, entering his second season as a volunteer assistant this spring, will handle the Hawks' face-off unit. Last season, Giunta focused his efforts on the defensive end of the field, with a specific emphasis on defensive player development and coordinating the substitution game.
"We are very fortunate to have Charles Giunta on our staff for a second season," said Wray. "He is a rising star in this profession, and to have someone of his caliber in our volunteer role is truly a blessing. It was clear I needed to give him more responsibility, and I know he will thrive coordinating the face-off unit. He will continue, as he did last season, mentoring our defensive personnel and assisting at the defensive end of the field."
Wray will oversee both ends of the field and will take over responsibility for the riding and clearing game.
Saint Joseph's opens the 2019 slate at home against St. Bonaventure on Saturday, February 9.