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Tom Gill
Tom Gill
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 516-726-5272
Email: gillt@usmma.edu
Year: 24th Season
Hometown: Hicksville, N.Y.
College: Hofstra '78 / UNC / Hofstra
Major: B.A. - Physical Education / M.A. - Education Admin. / M.A. - Education

Tom Gill is entering his 24th season as the head coach of the lacrosse program at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Since his arrival at Kings Point, he has led the program to seven conference championships, eight ECAC Metro NY/NJ Championship appearances, six consecutive Maritime Tournament crowns between 1994 and 1999 and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Academy named him the recipient of the Coach Omeltchenko Coach-of-the-Year Award in 1998 and 2007. Gill has also coached a total of four All-Americans and two NCAA statistical champions while at the academy.

In 2012 Gill earned his 200th overall win as a head coach in a 13-7 victory against industry rival Maritime College.  In his 22 seasons at Merchant Marine, Gill has guided the Mariners to a record of 156-155 (.502) while his overall coaching ledger stands at 201-188 (.517).

Gill led the Mariners to their best season in school history in the spring of 2007.  The program set a school record for winning 13 games and made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Skyline Conference Tournament, 12-11, over then-No. 15 nationally-ranked Stevens Tech.  The Ducks’ loss to the Mariners snapped their 58-game winning streak against conference opponents which dated back to 2000.  For his efforts, he was named the Skyline Coach of the Year and the recipient of the academy’s Coach-of-the-Year award.

Prior to arriving at Kings Point, Gill coached the Devils of Farleigh Dickinson University-Florham from 1984-88, where he was 45-33 in five seasons and won an ECAC Championship. He has also served as an assistant coach at Cornell, Duke, and Hofstra.

Gill serves on various championship and governing bodies in the college game. He is on the board of the NCAA Division-III Lacrosse Championship, All-America Selection and Regional Advisory Committees. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Rules Committee and the ECAC Board of the USILA.

He has also been heavily involved with the game at the international level as a coach and a player. Gill served as an assistant coach for the Irish National Team that competed at the World Championships in Perth, Australia. He played professionally for the New York Saints, served as an alternate in the 1982 World Games and was selected to compete as a member of Team USA in 1994, 1996 and 2001. Furthermore, Gill coached numerous clinics in Argentina, Australia, and Ireland.

Gill earned his bachelor’s degree at Hostra University in 1978 and was also a four-year letterwinner with its men’s lacrosse program. He earned his master’s degree in education administration from the University of North Carolina and has subsequently earned a second master’s in education at Hofstra as well as his school supervisory certificate.

In addition to his coaching duties, Gill also acts as Assistant Athletics Director for the Academy. He currently resides in Levittown, New York with his wife, Eileen, and son, Brian.

Doug Dwyer
Doug Dwyer
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 516-726-5656
Email: dwyerd@usmma.edu
Year: 5th Season
Hometown: Hicksville, N.Y.
College: Southern Conn. State '77 / Adelphi '87
Major: B.S. - Physical Education / M.S. - Sports Management

Doug Dwyer enters his fifth season as an assistant coach with the United States Merchant Marine Academy lacrosse program. He works as the offensive coordinator of the team and most recently helped guide the club to its best season in Academy history with a school record 13 wins and the program’s first bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to USMMA, Dwyer was instrumental as a coach with the Garden City High School Trojans boys’ lacrosse team between 1984-2003. During his tenure, the Trojans compiled a record of 379-35, 11 Nassau County, 10 Long Island and four New York State Championships in 1986, 1994, 1997 and 2000. He also founded the Garden City Lacrosse Alumni Association in 2000.

The native of Hicksville earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education at Southern Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in sports management from Adelphi University in 1987.

He currently resides in Garden City with his wife, Eileen, daughter, Bradie Ann, and three sons, Dillon, Conor and Devin.

John Espey
John Espey
Title: Assistant Coach
College: SUNY Stony Brook / North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Major: B.S. - Physical Education / M.A. - Teaching

The 2014 season will be John Espey’s 11th year as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. 

Espey is currently an associate professor of physical education and Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities at Stony Brook University, where he served as the Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach from 1987-2004.

Prior to his stint with the Sea Wolves, Espey was at the helm of the Duke men’s lacrosse program from 1976-1981 and also served as a graduate assistant at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill from 1975-1976.

Espey graduated from SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a Master’s Degree in Teaching. 

Throughout his career, Espey has served on the NCAA Division-I Championship Committee (2003-2004), NCAA Division-I Playoff Advisory Committee (2002-2003), and was President of the America East Lacrosse Coaches Association (2003-2003).

Outside of collegiate lacrosse, Espey was an assistant coach for the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse from 2004-2011 and has been a Team Liaison for the United States Men’s Lacrosse National Team since 2012.

He currently resides in Commack, NY.

Russ Ketcham
Russ Ketcham
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 516-426-0799
Email: oldschoollax@gmail.com
Year: 4th Season
Hometown: Mineola, N.Y.
College: NYIT '71 / SJU / Hofstra / NYU / Oxford
Major: BFA / M.S. / PhD

Coach Ketcham is starting his 3rd year on the USMMA staff, after five years as the Head Lacrosse Coach and Director of Athletics at SUNY Maritime College. While at Maritime he had the privilege of coaching two All-Americans, nine All-Conference Players, and a Conference Player of the Year.

Before his tenure at SUNY Maritime he was an Assistant Coach in the Garden City Lacrosse program with current Assistant Coach Doug Dwyer, a volunteer assistant coach at Kings Point in the mid-90s as well as Hofstra University in 2001, and the Head Lacrosse and Football Coach at North Shore High School. He has presented at regional lacrosse conferences as well as the 2007 U.S. Lacrosse national conference in Philadelphia.

He is currently the Executive Director of OldSchoolLax.org, a Not-For-Profit concerned with enhancing the growth of the game of Lacrosse nationally and internationally.

He is a retired teacher, coach and educational administrator in the North Shore Schools. For 15 years he was a national and international speaker concerning innovative programs for the education of At-Risk students.

He and his wife, Carol, live in Carle Place, N.Y. They have two sons, Todd and Doug. Todd and his wife Cori and grandson, Finnegan live in Portland, ME; Doug resides in Hauppauge, N.Y.


Brian Gill
Brian Gill
Title: Student Assistant
College: SUNY Cortland

Brian Gill joined the United States Merchant Marine Academy lacrosse staff in 2013 as a student assistant.  He is a graduate of SUNY Cortland after previously playing for Nassau Community College and FDU-Florham.

He played his rookie season at Fairleigh Dickinson before transfering to Nassau CC where he was a national runner-up in 2011.  In 2007 and 20011 Gill was also a member of the Irish National Lacrosse Program.