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Boston Cannons, Sean Quirk Announce 2020 Coaching Staff

The Boston Cannons have hired Jim Nagle as their offensive coordinator for the 2020 season. Nagle comes to the Cannons from Connecticut College, where he is serving as its interim head coach for the Camels. John Klepacki is returning to the Cannons in his fifth year as their assistant coach.

QUINCY, Ma. – The Boston Cannons today announced the hiring of Jim Nagle as offensive coordinator. Nagle is the interim head coach at Connecticut College, where he started in 2020 after serving as head coach at Stony Brook for eight years.

“I am thrilled to join the classiest organization in professional lacrosse,” Nagle said. “I would like to thank Rob Hale, Ian Frenette and Sean Quirk for the opportunity to join the Boston Cannons as we do our best to bring a championship back to Boston. This year’s Cannons team has everything it takes to be a championship team. I could not be more excited about the championship quest.”

At Stony Brook, Nagle boasted a 68-61 record, including a birth in the NCAA tournament in his first season in 2012. Nagle led the Seawolves to the America East postseason in all eight years, including one America East championship, one America East finals appearance and six semifinal appearances. In 2012 and 2019, Nagle was honored as the America East Coach of the Year.

Cannons players Challen Rogers and Justin Pugal played for Nagle at Stony Brook. Rogers was named to the USILA All-American third team in 2016, earning an honorable mention in 2012.

“Coach Nagle has a long tenure of success as a college coach, as our offensive coordinator, he will lead a talented and hungry group to win the MLL championship,” Quirk said. “Coach Nagle understands what it takes to continue to develop players and put them in positions to be successful as a unit. We are looking forward to having Coach Nagle in Boston.”

Prior to Stony Brook, Nagle was the head coach at Colgate University for 10 seasons. He is the winningest coach in history for the Raiders, earning two Patriot League Coach of the Year honors in his tenure at Colgate.

In 1995, Nagle was hired as head coach at Oneonta State, going 65-39 in his first head-coaching role. Prior to Oneota State, Nagle was an assistant coach at Springfield College, where his 1994 squad won the NCAA Division II Championship.

In his 24-year coaching career, Nagle has earned 10 Coach of the Year honors.

Nagle attended Loyola College, where his team qualified for the NCAA Tournament in all four seasons. He was a part of the 1990 Greyhound team that played in the NCAA Championship game. Nagle earned a Bachelor of Science in business in 1992, earning a master’s degree in physical education from Springfield College in 1994.

Joining Nagle on Sean Quirk’s 2020 staff is a familiar face for the Cannons. John Klepacki is returning in 2020 for the fifth straight season, first joining Boston in 2016. In 2020, he will serve as an assistant coach and the team’s defensive coordinator.

“I am excited to be back for the 2020 with the Cannons,” Klepacki said. “Being able to work with Coach Quirk and implement a vision from five years ago and see that vision take roots last season is motivating. The Cannons organization is such a first-class program to be a part of. Working with these core players is a special way to spend the summer. I Can’t wait to go farther than last year.”

Klepacki boasts an impressive 239-103 career record at Western New England University, where his .699 win percentage ranks fifth among active NCAA Division III coaches.

“The continuity that Coach Klepacki has brought the past four seasons as the defensive coordinator is outstanding,” Quirk said. “He has been instrumental in building a cohesive defensive unit, while in 2019 the man down unit he led had the highest kill percentage in the league at 63.64 percent.”

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