WORCESTER, Mass. – The College of the Holy Cross has named Jim Morrissey as its new head men's lacrosse coach, as announced by athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. Morrissey becomes the 14th head coach in the history of the Crusader men's lacrosse program.
"It is our goal to take the men's lacrosse program to the next level, and that all begins with the head coach," said Regan. "Jim Morrissey has a tremendous lacrosse pedigree, and he is also a great teacher. We were very impressed with everything we saw from him over the last six weeks, and we are confident the program will have a bright future under his leadership."
Morrissey served as the interim head coach for the Crusaders' final nine games of the 2011 season. He guided Holy Cross to a 2-7 record during that time, including two wins in the team's final five games. Morrissey had originally joined the Crusaders as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in the fall of 2010.
"I would like to thank Fr. McFarland and Mr. Regan for this great opportunity," said Morrissey. "I look forward to leading an outstanding group of young men and I am confident we will represent the college in a positive manner both on and off the lacrosse field."
Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Morrissey gained a wealth of collegiate coaching experience at a number of different schools. He served as an assistant coach at Cornell for the 1998 season, and then was an assistant coach at Syracuse in 1999 and 2000. During his time with the Orangemen, the team won the NCAA championship in 2000 and finished as the NCAA Tournament runner-up in 1999. Morrissey also spent two years as an assistant coach at Hobart in 2007 and 2008.
In 2008, Morrissey founded the Finger Lakes Lacrosse Club in Syracuse which had 125 players from over 40 different school districts in the program. He was also the head coach at Marcellus (N.Y.) High School for the 2009 and 2010 seasons, where he led the school to its first sectional lacrosse win in 10 years, and was voted the 2009 OHSL Division II Coach of the Year. Morrissey also served as head coach in the 2009 and 2010 Section III Senior All-Star games. In the summer of 2010, he was the offensive coordinator for the Central Region lacrosse team at the Empire State Games.
Morrissey played collegiately at Syracuse, where he was a two-time All-American (in 1995 and 1996) and a member of two national championship teams (in 1993 and 1995). He served as a team captain as a senior in 1996 and was selected to play in the 1996 North-South All-Star game. Morrissey totaled 176 points on 106 goals and 70 assists during his collegiate career, ranking second on the team in scoring as a senior (63 points) and third as a junior (56 points). Following his time at Syracuse, Morrissey played professionally for the Syracuse Smash of the National Lacrosse League (1997-1999) and the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse (2001-2003).
Morrissey, who has also been a commercial real estate broker, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Syracuse in 1996.