Siena Men adds Cox and Ec­cles to staff

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LOUDONVILLE, NY » The Siena Men’s Lacrosse pro­gram and head coach Liam Glea­son have an­nounced Tim Cox and Der­rick Ec­cles as ad­di­tions to his staff for the up­com­ing 2019 sea­son.

“I had a chance to coach both, as well as work with both of them as coaches,” said Glea­son. “Both Tim and Der­rick are highly en­er­getic, pos­i­tive, and com­pet­i­tive in­di­vid­u­als, and will be es­sen­tial in es­tab­lish­ing the cul­ture that I be­lieve is nec­es­sary for our suc­cess.”

Cox joins Siena af­ter a two-year stint at Robert Mor­ris Univer­sity, where he helped lead the Colo­nials to a 22-12 record over two years. He helped guide the pro­gram’s first ever NCAA ap­pear­ance in 2018 af­ter win­ning the NEC. The Colo­nials would de­feat Cani­sius in the open­ing round be­fore fall­ing to top-ranked Mary­land in the sec­ond round.

Cox was pre­vi­ously at UAl-

bany, help­ing them to a No. 4 rank­ing in the USILA Coaches Poll and In­side Lacrosse Cas­cade/ Mav­er­ick Me­dia Poll, the high­est rank­ing for the team since 2007. The 2016 sea­son marked the Great Danes’ fourth con­sec­u­tive per­fect Amer­ica East reg­u­lar sea­son.

A former stand­out Great Dane mid­fielder, Cox led UAl­bany to three Amer­ica East Tour­na­ment ti­tles and a pair of NCAA Tour­na­ment vic­to­ries. He col­lected Amer­ica East All- Con­fer­ence Sec­ond Team ac­co­lades while wear­ing the cap­tain’s “C” for his se­nior year in 2015. He fin­ished his ca­reer with 40 goals and 12 as­sists for 52 points, adding 55 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers. In his se­nior sea­son, he recorded at least one point in 16 of 19 games played.

“Tim is a driven, young coach with a great of­fen­sive mind. He’s a great com­mu­ni­ca­tor and has a tremen­dous work ethic. I’m re­ally ex­cited for him to be able to take the reins of the of­fense.

Ec­cles joins the Saints from crosstown UAl­bany, where he served the last two years as a vol­un­teer as­sis­tant coach. Ec­cles, a 2016 grad­u­ate from UAl­bany and four-year let­ter win­ner, served as the team’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the USILA North-South Game his se­nior sea­son. The 2013 Amer­ica East All-Rookie Team mid­fielder was a team cap­tain in the 2015 and 2016 sea­sons, earn­ing 45 points, off 29 goals and 16 as­sists, 62 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers in 61 ca­reer games played. In his ca­reer, Ec­cles helped UAl­bany win four Amer­ica East reg­u­lar sea­son ti­tles and three Amer­ica East Tour­na­ment ti­tles, help­ing the Great Danes earn berths in four NCAA Tour­na­ments and two NCAA quar­ter­fi­nal rounds. He was part of a se­nior class that earned 53 vic­to­ries from 2013-16.

“Der­rick has a great mind for the game and for the locker room. He un­der­stands how to bring out the best in his play­ers, and will be a key in de­vel­op­ing our midfielders and sup­port­ing all as­pects of our pro­gram.”

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