KEENE, N.H. 10/4/11 – Keene State College head lacrosse coach Mark Theriault has announced the additions of Matt Griffin and Alec Corliss to his coaching staff for the 2012 season. Griffin comes to Keene State after spending the past two years as the head boys' lacrosse coach at Keene High School. while Corliss joins the staff after serving as volunteer assistant coach with the Owls last season.
Griffin and Corliss are excited about joining the Keene State program. "It's been a dream of mine to move into the college coaching ranks, so it was a perfect time and a perfect opportunity," said Griffin, who will serve as the Owls' offensive coordinator.
"Matt is going to be great addition to our staff. He'll help continue the process of taking the team to the next level," said Theriault.
According to Theriault, Griffin will be heavily involved in the Owls' recruiting efforts and add a different perspective to the teams' offense. "In the past, I've had Keene State players on my staff. Matt will bring a different and fresh look to our offense," Theriault said.
Corliss, a former three-year goalie for the Owls from 2008-10, said he began thinking about coaching after his KSC playing career ended prematurely with a foot injury during the 2010 Little East Conference championship game in his junior season. "I wanted to stay involved in the game and help with the development of the team's goalies, so this is the ideal position for me," he said.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to have Alec join our staff," said Theriault. "He wanted to continue to pursue a career in coaching, so this is a perfect fit for him."
Griffin, who also works is a police officer and school resource officer at Keene High School, brings a diverse background to his new position. Griffin grew up playing lacrosse in New Jersey, where he was a four-time All-State selection as an attackman and a preseason All-American as a senior at Morristown-Beard High School. Joining the Navy after high school, Matt played for the All-Navy West Coast Team, where he was a captain for two years.
In 2010, Matt inherited the head coaching job at Keene High School, leading the Blackbirds to their first winning season (10-6) in six years and the program's first playoff appearance. Last year, the team finished 10-7 and made its second straight trip to the tournament, earning Griffin Division II Coach of the Year honors.
"I'm hoping the transition to the college ranks is going to be a smooth one for me," said Griffin, who also serves as co-director of New England Elite Lacrosse. "The talent level is great up and down the roster."
Griffin will bring one of his top players to Keene State. Max Bosworth, the Blackbirds' all-time leading scorer, will suit up for the Owls this spring.
Corliss came to Keene State after a standout career at Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) High where he earned Eastern Mass. All-League, Goalie of the Year, and MetroWest Tribune honors as a senior. The Waltham, Mass., native led his senior squad to a 19-2 record and a third consecutive appearance in the state tournament. While in high school, Corliss played and later coached with Top Gun lacrosse based in Acton Mass. His knowledge of Eastern Mass. lacrosse will come in handy as he begins recruiting for Keene State.
Serving behind All-American Matt Johnson as a freshman, Corliss took over as Keene State's top goalie as a sophomore. He finished his Owl career with a 13-6 record, a 9.54 GAA and .556 save percentage. Playing in the LEC championship game against rival Eastern Conn., Corliss made 10 first-half saves, many of the miraculous variety, before suffering a season-ending injury in the third quarter of the game.