This was our first chance to talk to Liam Gleason since he accepted the Siena Lacrosse head coaching job. Gleason's excitement for the game and love for his players is evident and will serve him well as the new top man in the Siena Lacrosse program.
Here's some of his introductory press release:
“I’m extremely honored for the opportunity to return to Siena College and head the men’s lacrosse program,” said Gleason, who previously served as an assistant coach for the Saints under Brian Brecht from 2008-10. “I’d like to thank Vice President and Director of Athletics John D’Argenio, Associate Director of Athletics Lori Anctil, and the entire search committee for choosing me to be the next head coach. Additionally, I’d like to thank UAlbany Head Coach Scott Marr and Director of Athletics Mark Benson for my fantastic experience over the past few years which helped prepare me to take on this new role. I’m excited for the opportunity to build Siena back into a MAAC Championship contender, and I look forward to rekindling the relationships I previously made with our loyal alumni base.”
In 10 seasons in the Division I coaching ranks at both Siena and UAlbany, Gleason’s teams have made seven NCAA Tournament appearances, won six conference tournament championships, and captured eight regular season titles. Overall, his squads have posted a combined 123-52 (.703) record including a 56-7 (.889) mark in conference action.
“We are excited to welcome Liam back to Siena,” remarked D’Argenio. “It was very evident when he was here previously that he possessed the makeup to be a successful head coach. He comes from an outstanding program at UAlbany where he was part of the team’s national success, while also being an accomplished recruiter in the geographic areas where Siena has been successful in the past.”
UAlbany earned berths to the NCAA Tournament in each of Gleason’s final six seasons with the program, punctuated by the school’s first-ever trip to Championship Weekend this spring. The Great Danes amassed an 89-35 (.717) overall record including a 36-3 (.923) ledger in the America East Conference, while capturing six regular season and five tournament titles over his seven seasons with the program from 2012-18. Gleason, who also served as UAlbany’s defensive coordinator, developed 25 All-Conference defensive players throughout his tenure with the program.