NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After orchestrating an offense that dominated its way to a national title, long-time assistant coach Bryan Brazill of the Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team has garnered one of most prestigious honors nationwide in being named the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s Outstanding Division II Assistant Coach of the Year, as announced Friday.
Brazill took home the accolade during a special awards luncheon at Friday’s IMLCA Convention held in Baltimore. He was honored alongside fellow assistant coaches and head coaches nationwide across all three Divisions. Head coach Mike Morgan was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s (USILA) Division II Head Coach of the Year during the same program last year, as well.
Entering his ninth season with the program, Brazill – a Merrimack alumnus and former student-athlete on the team – has overseen the team’s offense over the past near-decade, which has traditionally been among the nation’s elite since his arrival to the coaching staff. He has played an instrumental role in the development of several all-conference, all-region and All-American players over the years, as well as a number of major award winners at the national, regional and conference level.
More importantly, Brazill’s offensive schemes have led Merrimack to new heights in terms of team success over the years and that came to fruition in the 2018 campaign after the Warriors captured their first-ever national championship and third Northeast-10 Conference championship. The team did so in dominant fashion, with Brazill’s offense earning particular praise after finishing the year ranked top-five nationally averaging 15.37 goals per game, while the man-up unit finished the year ranked seventh with a 41.2-percent success rate. The program has qualified for each of the last four NCAA Tournaments — a school record — and Merrimack has reached the national championship game in each of the last two seasons (2017, 2018).
Brazill and the rest of the coaching staff will gear up for a run at a second straight national title when they return to campus to begin preparations for the 2019 campaign in just over a month.