Men’s lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella has announced the addition of Jeremy Phelps to the 2017-18 coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. Phelps, a graduate of Winthrop University, brings a vast knowledge of the game to western Massachusetts, which includes his most recent position as the primary assistant, defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Rhodes College.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the staff of one of the most storied programs in college lacrosse,” Phelps said. “It is my goal to maintain the success that has been started by the alumni of the Minuteman program. I would like to thank Coach Cannella and his staff for the opportunity to be a part of a program such as UMass.”
While at Rhodes College, an NCAA Division III institution in Memphis, Tennessee, Phelps built the Lynx defense into one of the top-performing units in the nation during two seasons on the sidelines. During 2016, Rhode College ranked No. 1 across NCAA Division III for man-down defense while it was the sixth-best scoring defense in the country. Under Phelps’ guidance, Rhode College improved to the No. 1 scoring defense in the nation in 2017, with only 7.3 goals-against per game.
“Jeremy brings great experience at the Division I and Division III levels and expressed a desire to help enhance our program,” Cannella said. “I am looking forward to having him working with our faceoff unit, as well as, assist in game planning and help with our scout team.”