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Johnnies add new coaches, a Fresh Perspective

By News Desk, 07/19/18, 3:00PM CDT


SJU Adds 2 New Coaches for 2018/19

The St. John’s University Men’s Lacrosse team ended last season with an 11-9 loss to the Grand Valley State University Lakers at the MCLA National Championship tournament in May, concluding a roller coaster season filled with numerous tightly contested games.

Shortly after the season ended, Offensive Coordinator Luke DeBruzzi, Offensive Assistant Jake “Ted” Helmer, and Defensive Coordinator Luke Eggerichs tendered their resignations to those positions, all to pursue career and advancement opportunities that would occupy a larger portion of their time going forward.  Head Coach Derek Daehn executed a search for additional coaches to help fill the voids left by the departures, and after meeting with a number of qualified candidates, the Johnnies would like to announce the addition of Jon Carlson and Jared McComber to the coaching staff for the 2018-19 season.

Jon Carlson- Offensive Assistant Coach

Jon is an ‘07 graduate of St. John’s University, and he served as Team President during his time with the team from 2004-2007.  A native of Plymouth, MN, Jon was a member of the Armstrong HS lacrosse team prior to arriving in Collegeville.  Though campus is a very familiar place for him, he acknowledges the changes to not only the facilities now available to the team (including the new dome and turf field) but also the state of the program:

“It was a different game when I played here, but it is amazing to see how far the program has come in the past decade.  The level of play is outstanding, and the organization and commitment shown by the players mirrors that of an NCAA program,” says Carlson.

Jon has extensive coaching experience since graduating from St. John’s, spending time first with the youth program for Armstrong Cooper, and following that working with the attack on both the Junior Varsity and Varsity level for the 2008 MSHSL State Champion Blake Bears.  Jon then moved to the Academy of Holy Angels, where he served as Offensive Coordinator from 2009-15, followed by his role as Associate Head Coach for the St. Louis Park Boy’s Lacrosse from 2016-17.  After just one spring season spent in the stands, and not on the sideline, he is ready to jump back in and help the Johnnies!

Jon currently resides in Golden Valley, MN, and is a Technical Architect for Cargill in Hopkins.

Jared McComber – Defensive/Transition Assistant Coach

Jared is a ’17 graduate from St. John’s University, and had a very successful lacrosse career prior to becoming a Johnnie with the Andover HS lacrosse program.  As a Long Stick Midfielder for  SJU, he was one of the more decorated players in team history, achieving MCLA Scholar Athlete honors three times (’15-’17), UMLC All- Conference three time (HM in ’15, 2nd Team in ’16, 1st Team in ’17), and MCLA All-American 3 times (HM in ’15 and ’16, 1st Team in ’17).  Not only was he talented on the field and in the classroom, but he also excelled as a leader and was elected Team Captain for his senior season in 2017.

Since graduating from SJU with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Jared joined the St. John’s volunteer group call the Benedictine Volunteer Corps, where he spent one year living at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ.  There he taught Astronomy and helped coach the school’s fencing team.  Jared has also been coaching lacrosse with the Andover Youth Lacrosse Association for 6+ years, and is looking forward to helping the current team with his experience and expertise.

“I am excited to return and give back to the program, “said McComber.   “I’m looking forward to working with the coaching staff and the guys to earn SJU lacrosse its first national championship.”

Jared lives in Andover and teaches 6th grade science in the Twin Cities.

Rounding out the rest of the coaching staff along with Head Coach Daehn will be brothers Adam Benney, entering his 7th season with the program and returning to the Defensive Coordinator role, and Andrew Benney, serving as the Offensive Coordinator in his 2nd year on the Johnnie sideline.