The Jacksonville University men's lacrosse team has added several years of coaching experience to its staff as Ryan Liebel has been added as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, head coach John Galloway announced in summer 2016.
"We are excited to be able to have Ryan join our staff and are very fortunate to get someone of his experience level,'' Galloway said.
Liebel, who has coached at both the collegiate and high school level, has been independently working with youth, high school, collegiate and professional lacrosse players for the past 10 years and has been actively working to provide his student-athletes with a detailed plan towards evolving into a complete and elite player.
Among his coaching experience, Liebel recently coached for two years at Division I Providence College where he mentored three All Big-East First Team players, and two Big East Second Team players.
Prior to Providence, he was head varsity coach for two years at Longmeadow (Mass.) High School. He guided Longmeadow to a 47-2 record. In 2013, he coached the team to a top-25 finish in the nation after going undefeated at 25-0, winning the Western Massachusetts championship and state championship. His accomplishments include Western Massachusetts Coach of the Year and Massachusetts Coach of the Year.
Before Longmeadow, Liebel served as head coach at Belchertown (Mass.) High School for the 2012 season where he was the recipient of the Don Johnson Sportsmanship Award.
Liebel graduated from UMass-Amherst in 2011 with a degree in legal studies and criminal justice where he played lacrosse three years. The former attack/midfielder appeared in 25 games for the Minutemen, red-shirting his senior year due to injury. While at UMass, Liebel recorded 14 goals and seven assists. Liebel was a member of the 2011 CAA finalist team, 2010 CAA semi-finalist team, 2009 NCAA quarter-finalist team and 2009 ECAC championship team.
Prior to UMass, Liebel played his freshmen year at Hobart and William Smith College for head coach Matt Kerwick, who was JU's first lacrosse coach. He played in six games recording four goals and one assist. During his high school days, Liebel attended Avon Old Farms School where he played for legendary coach Ted Garber. He was named All-American, All-New England, All-New England All-Star MVP, All-Western Mass., a two-time team MVP, two time Offensive Player of the Year and team captain.