Denison head men's lacrosse coach Mike Caravana has announced the hiring of two Division I assistant coaches to the Denison University staff in 2013-14. Those hires include former Michigan assistant coach Keith Euker and former Maryland assistant and player, Fran Gormley.
"We are really fortunate to hire two top notch people and coaches in Keith Eucker and Fran Gormley," said Caravana. "Their teaching and coaching skills, as well as their love of the game, came across very strongly in their interviews. They also come to us with strong references within the coaching ranks. I am confident they will help us maintain and grow our place among the nation's elite Division III Men's Lacrosse programs.
"With both coming from Division I backgrounds," Caravana continued, "they bring with them new ideas that are on the cutting edge of our sport. Their new ideas should really benefit our individual players and our program immediately. I want to thank Denison Athletic Director Nan Carney-DeBord, and her leadership team for showing the support needed to attract people of this caliber. They are both outstanding young men that will be wonderful representatives of Denison, and our men's lacrosse program for years to come."
Euker brings a wealth of coaching experiences to Granville, most recently serving as a volunteer goalie coach at the University of Michigan for the last two seasons. Last year, he coached freshman keeper Gerald Logan to a national-best 15.07 saves per game average. Logan also finished second in the country in saves and was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference All-Rookie team.
Prior to his stint at Michigan, Euker served as the head coach at the University of Missouri from 2009 to 2011. During his time in Columbia, he was named Great Rivers Lacrosse Coach of the Year (2011) and coached three Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association All-Americans. Under his tutilege, the Tigers also produced 17 all-conference honorees, including the 2011 Offensive Player of the Year.
"We are excited to have Keith join us," said Caravana. "He brings a wealth of experience with him at all different levels of play. He is mature, bright, articulate and will not only help us with developing players within our program, but will be a very strong asset in helping us recruit the high caliber student-athletes we are looking for at Denison. He is very well respected in our coaching profession and will have an immediate impact on our program in all facets of our team development."
Euker graduated from Loyola University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a concentration in public relations. The Baltimore, Maryland native played four seasons (1995-98) for the Greyhounds, helping them reach the NCAA Final Four during his senior season.
"I am honored and excited for this opportunity to join the Denison family," said Euker. "A school like Denison offers student-athletes a top quality education combined with a top level lacrosse experience. This lacrosse program has a rich tradition, and I'm looking forward to becoming a part of that tradition."
Gormley comes to Denison fresh off a two-year stint at the Director of Lacrosse Operations at his alma mater, the University of Maryland. Since 2012, he arranged all team travel, catering and hotel accommodations, directed program fundraising and community building events, and assisted with on and off campus recruiting. Gormley also assisted the Terps head coach in all aspects of administering team programs.
"Fran is a young, enthusiastic, and dedicated coach," said Caravana. "He loves the game and his recent experience at Maryland, both as a player and coach, will provide us with some fresh and new ideas in both our individual player development, as well as our style of play given the new rules. I am very optimistic Fran's energy and competitive spirit will be contagious and help inspire our players to continue to work hard to reach their individual and team goals."
Gormley played 29 games in three seasons with the Terps. In three years, he scored five goals, recorded three assists and collected 15 ground balls. In 2011, Fran was named Maryland's Peter Worstell Comeback Player of the Year. Gormley graduated from Maryland in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
"To begin my Collegiate coaching career at Denison University is an honor and dream come true," said Gormley. "Denison is a prestigious university with a lacrosse program rich in success. I am extremely thankful to Coach Caravana for giving me this opportunity."