Jez Named 2014 Division II Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year … Twice!
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After leading the Pioneers to the program's eighth NCAA Division II National Championship game, LIU Post men's lacrosse head coach John Jez was recognized by CaptainU and Lacrosse Magazine as the Division II Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year.
In his eighth season as head coach of the Pioneers, Jez mentored the “green and gold” to the national title game and an 11-6 record in 2014. In all, Jez coached four USILA All-Americans and 10 All-ECC players.
Late in the season, with a 9-5 record, LIU Post was on the outside looking in. But, a win in the inaugural East Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship propelled the Pioneers to an NCAA tournament birth for the second-straight year. The team rattled off impressive wins against Le Moyne and Adelphi in the first two rounds before falling to Limestone in the national championship game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
Lacrosse Magazine writer Jac Coyne stated: “Despite the long odds, Jez was able to keep his team on task, spurring them to the first-ever ECC championships, beating a pair of teams that downed Post earlier.” Coyne continued “Jez then coaxed his team to upsets over the top two seeds in the North—a tandem of teams with a combined record of 30-3—on the road. The Pioneers came up short against a powerful Limestone team in the finals, but Jez's ability to keep his team focused in the face of such an uphill climb makes him the pick this year."
CaptainU, a youth and college sports network bridging sports and technology by connecting athletes with all the colleges, teams, and events, cited Jez’s dedication and ability as head coach by also regarding him Coach of the Year.
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