November 17, 2015 (San Luis Obispo) – Cal Poly Lacrosse has named Bobby Dabrieo as the new head coach for the upcoming 2016 season, Team Administrator and former head coach Marc Lea announced on Tuesday.
“It took us longer than we would have liked to find the right person for this job, but as the old saying goes – good things come to those who wait”, said Lea. “We are really excited for Coach Dabrieo to join the program. He has a lot of high quality coaching experience, but it was his passion for the game and his enthusiasm for teaching the game that really stood out for us. As much success as we have had over the years in the MCLA, we still recognize that player development is the key to long-term success. We are not as concerned with how the good the players are when they arrive here as with how good they are when they graduate, and we are really confident that will be a big strength of Coach Dabrieo’s.”
Dabrieo has a long history of success in both the playing and coaching ranks. Dabrieo was a four-year starter on offense at NCAA DIII Plymouth State University from 2003-2006. He led the Panthers in scoring during his junior season and earned All-Conference honors in his senior campaign.
After earning his Business Management degree from Plymouth State, Dabrieo developed a successful career as a marketing manager for a direct flower broker. While balancing his business career, Dabrieo remained heavily involved with lacrosse and served as an assistant coach for Reading High School in Reading, Massachusetts, a program that won league titles during each season that Coach Dabrieo was on the staff.
In 2015, Dabrieo joined the staff at NCAA Division III Daniel Webster College as the Offensive Coordinator and guided the Eagles’ offense to a twelve goals per game average, doubling their output from the previous season. Dabrieo has also been the Head Coach for the East Coast Rockets, a powerful Massachusetts high school club team, for the past several years.
“I'm very grateful for the opportunity to coach at Cal Poly, it's always been a dream of mine to be the head coach of a collegiate team,” said Dabrieo. “Cal Poly Lacrosse is rich with tradition and I'm looking forward to the challenge of maintaining success both on and off the field. The four years of these student athlete's lives are so important and it is my responsibility to create as many life lasting memories as possible.”
Dabrieo will be taking over the reins of the Mustang program from long-time coach Marc Lea, who compiled the winningest record in program history during his fifteen years leading the team. Dabrieo joins a talented and knowledgeable coaching staff, which includes current interim head coach, Josh Moore, who is in his 6th season as the Offensive Coordinator. The Mustangs have three additional coaches in their first year with team, including former Mustang MCLA All-American LSM Chris Nespor, former Clarkson University NCAA Division III All-American midfielder Brendon Shearin, and Matt Leal, a Mustang team captain from the 2009 squad.
"I'm very excited to bring Coach Dabrieo on and start working with him”, Coach Moore responded. “During the interview process, we had great rapport and share a lot in common with regards to how we coach. Additionally, this year's team is very young, with only a handful of seniors. Numerous underclassmen will have to step up and contribute, so Coach Dabrieo has a great opportunity for player development and will be able to work with largely the same team for the next couple of seasons."
Cal Poly made their first MCLA National Tournament appearance in 2002, and in the thirteen years since their debut they have returned to the tournament nine times and earned five Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) titles. In 2015, the Mustangs finished the season ranked #6 nationally, dropping a close game to eventual title winner Grand Canyon University.
Mike Cooney (1990-1993)
Hailing from Yorktown High School in New York, one of the most well renowned high school lacrosse programs in the country, Mike provided an immediate impact when he joined the team in 1990. He helped shape a misfit crew of inexperienced lacrosse players into a much more cohesive unit and provided tremendous leadership both on and off of the field.
Mike was a complete midfielder who led the team in nearly every statistical category. Besides being the team’s main offensive goal scoring threat, he played tremendous defense, could run through traffic to gather up a tough ground ball, and dished out assist after assist to the attack and his fellow midfielders.
The list of Cooney’s accomplishments is extensive. He was named captain in three consecutive seasons (1991, 1992, 1993), an accomplishment that has not been duplicated since his graduation. He led the team in scoring in both 1992 and 1993, and was also named the team’s MVP in both of those seasons. Mike received WCLL All-League honors in 1991, 1992, and 1993. The league honors in 1991 and 1992 were especially impressive since at that time the league had only one combined all-star team for both Division 1 and Division 2 teams. It was rare for players from Division 2 teams to be awarded All-League honors, and Mike earned that honor twice before the league created a Division 2 All-League team in 1993.
Mike was also instrumental in the program’s overall success off of the field as well. He served as the Team President in 1991, and worked tirelessly to help find new coaches and keep the team on track when the head coach departed mid-season.
(2001 – 2004 player; 2005 – 2006 Assistant Coach; 2007 – 2008 Head Coach): It is our great pleasure to announce the induction of Aaron Myers into the 2015 class of the Cal Poly Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Aaron is unquestionably one of the best defenseman in program history and one of the most influential people to have been involved with the program.
When Aaron joined the program in 2001, he brought an intensity and passion for the game that helped propel the program to new heights. Aaron was more than just a tremendous defenseman. Besides routinely drawing the assignment of covering the opponent’s best attackman, he helped anchor the clearing game, sparked the transition offense, and was the vocal leader of the defensive unit.
Aaron earned a host of honors for his abilities and his dedication. In 2001, he was named the team’s Rookie of the Year. He was voted as a team captain for both his junior and senior seasons, as well as the team’s defensive MVP after the completion of his junior year in 2003. In his sophomore season in 2002, he earned 1st Team WCLL All-League honors and was also named 3rd Team USLIA All-American. He was named to the 2nd Team WCLL All-League team in both 2003 and 2004, and was also named to the USLIA All-American Honorable Mention squad those two years.
As soon as his playing career ended at Cal Poly, Aaron stepped right into a key coaching role for his alma mater. He was the defensive coordinator in 2005 and 2006 and took over the head coaching role for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. In his two seasons at the helm, Aaron compiled an overall record of 17 – 14 and laid the groundwork for the program to continue its ascent into one of the top MCLA teams in the nation.
Aaron’s commitment to the game of lacrosse and promoting the sport on the West Coast has continued even after he left the sidelines at Cal Poly. Aaron has been a member of the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League executive board since 2008. He served as the league’s Vice-President from 2008 – 2013, and was named to his current position as the WCLL league president in 2013.
Aaron Myers at the 2003 National Championship Tournament
2002 National Championship Tournament - the program's first trip to Nationals
Aaron taking the ball upfield at the 2004 National Championship Tournament
Coach Lea hands off the WCLL Championship Trophy to the 2014 Mustang squad
2012 WCLL Champions - FOUR IN A ROW!!!
THREEPEAT!!! Cal Poly Mustangs 2011 WCLL Champions
Cal Poly Mustangs 2010 WCLL Champions
Cal Poly Mustangs 2009 WCLL Champions