CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE
FOR RELEASE: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
Cornell University announces the dismissal of men’s lacrosse head coach
Matt Kerwick to lead program as national search begins
Earlier today, Meakem Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education Andrew Noel informed Ben DeLuca that he has been dismissed from his position as head coach of the Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Program. While Cornell University recognizes the contributions DeLuca has made to our nationally ranked lacrosse program as a player and assistant coach, it is the university’s belief that new leadership is required to best serve our students and to continue our lacrosse program’s decades-long tradition of excellence.
Also effective today, Matt Kerwick, who served as assistant coach for the 2013 season and is a former head coach for several successful programs, will take over as the interim head coach for our men’s lacrosse team while Cornell conducts a national search for a new head coach.
Noel issued this statement:
“While I recognize the contributions Coach DeLuca has made to our program as a player, assistant coach and head coach, it is my belief that new leadership is required to best preserve our program and support our students in the near term and into the future. Our Cornell lacrosse program, with its decades-long tradition of excellence, is our highest priority.
“Matt is a proven leader and has held head coach positions at Hobart and Jacksonville University. I have great confidence in Matt’s ability to lead the team in this time of transition. We are also confident in our ability to attract an exceptional head coach to lead the team forward in the tradition of Cornell Lacrosse.”
Media Note: Director Noel will not be accepting interviews or issuing any additional statements on this topic.Contact: John Carberry office: 607-255-5353 cell: 607-227-0767 firstname.lastname@example.org
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