WORCESTER, Mass. – The College of the Holy Cross has named Jim Morrissey as an assistant men's lacrosse coach, as announced by head coach Adam Pascal and athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. Morrissey is a 1996 graduate of Syracuse where he was a two-time All-American and a member of two national championship winning teams. He will also serve as the program's recruiting coordinator.
"We are very excited to have Jim on board," said Pascal. "He was a terrific player and is a lacrosse fanatic. I expect him to connect immediately with the team and his impact will be reflected in the product on the field this spring. As a recruiter, the most important things are evaluation of the prospects and the cultivation of the relationship, and I have full confidence Jim will represent the college extremely well. This is a huge hire for the Crusader lacrosse program. As a two-time All-American and a two-time national champion from Syracuse, Jim knows how to win and what it takes."
"I am tremendously excited to be a part of this program," said Morrissey. "The Patriot League is an outstanding conference. I'm looking forward to helping the team compete for a Patriot League championship. I am also excited to be at Holy Cross because of the high caliber academic student-athletes here. I like how Holy Cross is a tight close knit community which has a great combination of academics and athletics."
Morrissey brings a wealth of collegiate coaching experience to the program. He served as an assistant coach at Cornell for the 1998 season, and then was an assistant coach at his alma mater in 1999 and 2000. During his time as a coach at Syracuse, the team won the NCAA championship in 2000 and placed second in the NCAA Tournament in 1999. His most recent collegiate coaching experience was as an assistant at Hobart for the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
In 2008, Morrissey founded the Finger Lakes Lacrosse Club in Syracuse which has 125 kids from over 40 different school districts in the program. He was also the head coach at Marcellus High School in Marcellus, N.Y. for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Morrissey was voted the 2009 OHSL Division II Coach of the Year. He led the school to its first sectional lacrosse win in 10 years. Morrissey was also selected to serve as the head coach in the 2009 and 2010 Section III Senior All-Star game. In the summer of 2010, he was the offensive coordinator for the Central Region lacrosse team at the Empire State Games.
Morrissey earned All-American accolades at Syracuse in 1995 and 1996. He was a member of two national championship winning teams as Syracuse won the title in 1993 and 1995. He was a team captain as a senior in 1996 and was selected to play in the 1996 North-South Game. As a junior he was third on the team with 56 points, while as a senior he ranked second on the team with 63 points. For his career, he recorded 106 goals and 70 assists for 176 points.
After college, Morrissey played professionally for the Syracuse Smash of the National Lacrosse League from 1997-1999 and then for the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse from 2001-2003.
Morrissey, who has been a commercial real estate broker since 2004, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree as a Political Science major from Syracuse in 1996.