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The Manhattan Jaspers have their next head boss.
On Monday morning, John Odierna had his interim tag removed and was named the next head men’s lacrosse coach at Manhattan.
This news comes less than a week after former Manhattan head coach Drew Kelleher was officially named the next head coach at UMass Lowell. Odierna served as an assistant for all seven years of the Kelleher era.
“Hiring John Odierna shows Manhattan College’s commitment to our men’s lacrosse program. We want a seamless transition and to continue developing the amazing culture created over the past seven years while building alumni involvement with our program. John is well respected in the lacrosse community, and Manhattan is prepared to support his vision to elevate the program and be a MAAC championship contender each year,” said Manhattan athletic director Marianne Reilly in a press release.
During the 2022 season, Odierna helped the Jaspers win the MAAC championship and reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002. As the defensive coordinator, Odierna oversaw a unit that proved to be one of the best in college lacrosse.
Odierna’s promotion makes Manhattan the fifth of six head coaching opening to be filled this cycle.