Jim Morrissey is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team in 2014.
The 14th head coach in the history of the program, Morrissey was named the 2013 Patriot League Coach of the Year. He is the first Holy Cross men’s lacrosse coach to earn this honor. Morrissey guided the Crusaders to their most wins since the 1988 season with a 7-8 record. Holy Cross went 2-4 in the Patriot League, marking the first time in program history that the Crusaders have won two Patriot League games. Holy Cross defeated Navy for the first time in school history and also defeated Lafayette.
During the 2012 season James Kennedy was named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list. This was the first time a Holy Cross men’s lacrosse player had been on the watch list. Kennedy was also named the National Player of the Week. In addition, 17 Crusaders were named 2012 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Morrissey served as the interim head coach for the Crusaders’ final nine games of the 2011 campaign. Morrissey 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.
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 played high school lacrosse under Ron Doctor for Skaneateles High School where he graduated in 1991 as the school’s all-time leading scorer and the program’s first US Lacrosse High School All-American. He was also an All-State soccer and All-State ice hockey player. Morrissey was a two-time Empire State Games participant for ice hockey in 1989 and 1990. He was presented with the prestigious Italian-American Club Award as a senior in 1991, which is awarded to the top senior student-athlete in Onondaga County.
As a post-graduate student at Trinity-Pawling Prep School, Morrissey played soccer, hockey and lacrosse. In soccer he was an All-Western New England soccer midfielder and in lacrosse he was voted a US High School All-American as well as Western New England Player of the Year. Morrissey was inducted into the Trinity-Pawling Athletic Hall of Fame in September of 2012.
Morrissey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Syracuse in 1996.
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