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Former Men's Lacrosse coach returns to the sidelines in hopes of reviving team's morale

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By Kristen Rothweiler - Posted on 20 September 2011

The University of Colorado’s men’s lacrosse team has undergone some grim changes to their coaching staff over the past two years.

After having to fire head coach Pete Stevenson in March 2010 and then Mike Ryder in June 2011, the buffaloes had little room for error this time around.

This may have been one of the reasons they chose to go with someone proven to be successful, former head coach John Galvin.

Galvin successfully coached the CU men’s lacrosse team from 2003 to 2009. During this time, he lead them to the 2006 National Championship, helped them earn the 2009 Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) regular season title, and advanced them to the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) national semifinals that same year.

Galvin stepped down from his position as head coach in 2009 to direct attention to his locally run business. But after being away from the sidelines for almost 2 years, Galvin could not resist the temptation any longer.

“I just felt like it was the right time,” commented Galvin,“The opportunity came up and I just had to take it.”

Galvin named former CU lacrosse players, Marty Taffet and Ben Weisz, as the assistant coaches for the 2011-12 season. He strongly believes in the assets they will bring to the team.

“They understand a culture that I brought when I was here for six-years. Both have played for me, and I just thought that they could bring it back to what, hopefully, I was trying to have as a coach,” remarked Galvin.

Both played under Galvin in 2009 and are excited to give back to the program and coach of their alma mater.

“I respect him a lot as a coach, and after that he has become our friend,” said Marty Taffet, Assistant Coach. “I am just really excited for the opportunity to give all that I have to a program that I love, which is CU lacrosse.”

Perhaps even more excited than the newly appointed assistant coaches are the returning player, who like the discipline and structure Galvin brings to their team.

The team was beginning to become divided towards the end of last season, and they finally feel as if there is team unity again.

“His ability to lead is one of his greatest strengths, he knows what he is doing,” stated Ryan Emerson, Returning Mid-fielder. “He always has a plan for us, and it’s exciting to know what we’re going to do everyday.”

Everyone on the team will have some adjusting to do with their new coaching staff, but the changes appear to be positive so far, and spirits are optimistic.

The men’s lacrosse season does not officially start until the spring, but the team is already hard at work preparing.