John Orsen

Defensive Coordinator John Orsen is in his second season at Navy and fourth under Joe Amplo.

In his inaugural season at Navy, his defense stood No. 11 in the nation and No. 3 in the Patriot League, allowing 9.40 goals per game. It was Navy’s best mark since 2016 when it finished the year ranked No. 2 nationally and allowed just 7.38 goals per game. Equally as impressive was the Mids’ man-down unit which ranked No. 11 nationally and No. 2 in the conference, allowing just 3 goals on 14 attempts (78.6). It’s the best average by the Mids since 2002 when they owned an 80.0 mark, allowing just 11 goals on 55 opportunities. Navy also finished inside of the top 20 in caused turnovers (9.00, #18) and opponent clear percentage (79.6, #14).
Orsen arrived in Annapolis in the summer of 2019 after spending the previous five years as defensive coordinator under the legendary Bill Tierney at Denver. Orsen helped groom arguably the best faceoff specialist in the history of the game in four-time First-Team All-American Trevor Baptiste. Baptiste is just the sixth player in USILA history to garner First-Team All-America recognition in all four collegiate seasons. Additionally, Orsen helped develop four-time All-American defenseman Christian Burgdorf, who went on to be drafted by the Atlanta Blaze in the 2017 MLL Collegiate Draft.
In his first season as the Pioneers’ DC and faceoff coach, Denver was ranked 12th in the nation in scoring defense (8.47) and second in scoring margin (+5.26). In six postseason games in 2015, the Pioneers’ defense held their opponents to less than 10 goals four times, including limiting Maryland to just five scores in the National Championship game.
Under Orsen’s watch, faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste set the NCAA record for faceoff wins by a freshman and recorded the fourth-most faceoff wins in NCAA history (310). Baptiste was named a USILA First Team All-American in the duo’s first year together.
Following the 2015 National Championship, Orsen’s second campaign saw the Pioneers win their third-straight BIG EAST regular-season title en route to earning the program’s highest national seed in the NCAA Tournament. That season, Denver’s defense was 21st in scoring average (9.13), eighth in man-down defense (0.706) and seventh in ground balls per game (32.44).