Greg Cannella

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"Greg Cannella recently completed his 20th year at the helm of the University of Massachusetts program in 2014."

Recognized as one of the nation's top lacrosse coaches, Greg Cannella recently completed his 20th year at the helm of the University of Massachusetts program in 2014. Cannella has brought his Minutemen to eight NCAA Tournaments, won seven tournament games since 1997, claimed seven New England Championships, won five conference titles and guided the Minutemen to a No. 1 national ranking. Cannella was named the CAA Coach of the Year in 2012, his sixth conference coach of the year honor with the Minutemen. Cannella was also named the ECAC Coach of the Year on four occasions and the New England Coach of the Year five times. In 2006, he earned USILA National Coach of the Year after leading UMass to its first-ever lacrosse NCAA Championship Game appearance. A 1988 UMass graduate, Cannella took the reigns of the UMass lacrosse program in the fall of 1994 with a great understanding of the program's storied history. He was a two-time letterwinner for legendary program leader Dick Garber in the mid-1980s and an assistant coach for two seasons with the Minutemen prior to taking over as the head coach. Under his tutelage, UMass has enjoyed some of the program's highest levels of success on and off the field. With a history as one of the top teams in New England, the reputation of UMass lacrosse has spread out across the country thanks in part to Cannella's leadership. Since taking over as head coach, the team has enjoyed success as a whole and among individual players. Cannella has produced three Tewaaraton finalists, 44 USILA All-America selections, 97 All-New England picks, 65 all-conference honorees and nine positional league players of the year. For the work accomplished by Minutemen in the classroom, the program has earned 12 Academic All-Americans, 37 New England Scholar-Athletes and 30 academic all-conference picks.

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