Coaches

Joe Breschi (UNC Head Coach)  
David Metzbower
Joseph Martin
Bruce Frady
Matt Hudson
Cathy Regan
Nina Walker

 

UNC Head Coach
 JOE BRESCHI                                        UNC

Joe Breschi

Breschi came to Chapel Hill from Ohio State where he had served as the head coach for the previous 11 seasons. He hit the ground running and his first recruiting class, which enrolled in August 2010, was ranked No. 1 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse Magazine. His past two recruiting classes have been tabbed as No. 2 and No. 1, respectively, as his recruiting efforts have built a strong foundation for UNC's future in the sport.

In 2012, Carolina advanced to the ACC Tournament championship game for only the second time since 1996. The second half of the season was a strong one for the Tar Heels and Carolina featured one of the most improved offenses in the nation. Eighteen UNC players were named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

In 2011, Carolina had the ACC Freshman of the Year for the second straight season while six UNC players were named All-America and three were tapped for All-ACC accolades. Fifteen Tar Heels were named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll and Carolina placed a school record eight players on the All-ACC Academic Team.

The Tar Heels have advanced to the NCAA Tournament and achieved double-digit win totals in each of his four previous years as the head coach. In 2010, Breschi led the Tar Heels to a 13-win season, matching the fourth most wins in a season in school history, and the most wins since 1993. Carolina grabbed a share of the ACC regular-season title for the first time since 2003 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the second straight year. Carolina opened the season with 10 straight wins, its longest winning streak since 1991. Breschi guided his team to the national lead in extra-man offense and he saw attackmen Billy Bitter and Marcus Holman be named the ACC Player of the Year and the ACC Freshman of the Year, respectively, the first time in 14 and 12 years, respectively, that UNC won those awards. Carolina's final poll ranking of No. 4 was its best since the 1996 campaign. Eighteen Tar Heels were named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll and seven were named to the All-ACC Academic Lacrosse Team. For his efforts, Breschi was deservedly named the ACC Coach of the Year.

In his first year at Carolina in 2009, he led the Tar Heels to a 12-6 overall record and a spot in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Tar Heels won their first game in the ACC Tournament in 13 years and they fell just one goal shy of reaching their first Final Four in 16 years. Nineteen Tar Heels were named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll and 10 made the Dean's List during the spring semester of 2009.

Breschi was an assistant coach at UNC and Brown University for seven seasons prior to his stint in Columbus with the Buckeyes and he has 22 seasons of collegiate coaching experience overall entering the 2013 campaign. Breschi has accomplished much in his life for a man a mere 44 years young.

A native of Baltimore, Md., and a 1986 alumnus of the Loyola-Blakefield School, Breschi compiled a 92-63 overall record in his 11 years at OSU along with a 34-18 regular-season Great Western Lacrosse League mark. The Buckeyes shared GWLL regular-season titles in 1999, 2003 and 2008 and won the conference championship outright in 2004. The Buckeyes had seven winning seasons in Breschi's last eight years and made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003, 2004 and 2008. Taking over a non-scholarship program in 1997, Breschi built the OSU program to prominence from scratch. Along the way, Ohio State had three double-figure winning seasons, going 10-3 in 1999, 12-4 in 2004 and 11-6 in 2008, when the program had its most significant wins in its history.

In his first three seasons at Carolina, he has had players earn 20 All-America citations and nine All-ACC awards. Attackman Billy Bitter was named a first-team All-America in 2009, Carolina's first choice since 2005. He repeated as a first-team All-America in 2010. Ryan Flanagan earned first-team All-America accolades as well in 2010. He also was named the co-winner of the Schmeisser Memorial Cup from the USILA as the nation's top defenseman. It was UNC's first major USILA award winner in 14 years and its first Schmeisser Cup recipient in 19 seasons. In 2012, R.G. Keenan was the first Tar Heel midfielder to be named a first-team All-America since Jude Collins and Jason Wade in 1996.

Breschi was one of the finest lacrosse players in the history of the ACC while playing for legendary head coach Willie Scroggs from 1987-90. He was also a member of two U.S. National Teams (1994 and 1998). After graduating from Carolina in 1990, Breschi coached at his alma mater for two seasons before going to Brown University as the head assistant coach from 1993-97. Breschi was the chief assistant at UNC under Dave Klarmann in 1991 and 1992 and was part of a staff that captured ACC titles in 1991 and 1992 and UNC's fourth NCAA title in 1991. The Tar Heels compiled a stellar 28-3 record during Breschi's assistant coaching stint.

Success at North Carolina came not only as a coach for Breschi, but also as a player. He was an All-ACC selection in both 1989 and 1990 and was selected to play in the prestigious USILA North-South All-Star game in 1990. He was a first-team All-America pick on defense in 1990 and an honorable mention All-America in 1989. He was elected the sole team captain in 1990. Carolina has elected a single captain only three times since 1981 and Breschi's senior year was one of those occurrences.

After leading the Tar Heels his senior season to the NCAA semifinals and an ACC title, Breschi was selected as UNC's nominee for the 1990 Anthony J. McKevlin Award, given annually to the outstanding male athlete in the ACC. In 2002, Breschi was named to the prestigious ACC 50th Anniversary Men's Lacrosse Team, honoring the Top 50 players in league history. He was a member of U.S. National Teams that played in the World Lacrosse Games in 1994 and 1998. Breschi earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Carolina in 1990.

Breschi and his wife Julie have five children, the late Michael Breschi, as well as four amazing daughters, Samantha, 11, Abigail, 9, Lucy, 7, and Emily, 6.

 

Coaching Staff

 DAVID METZBOWER                              UNC

David Metzbower

A veteran coach with more than a quarter century of experience on collegiate sidelines, David Metzbower was named in July 2014 as the offensive coordinator for the men's lacrosse program at the University of North Carolina.  UNC head coach Joe Breschi announced Metzbower's hire.

Metzbower joins the Carolina staff from Loyola University (Maryland) where he had served as an assistant coach and the Greyhounds' offensive coordinator since November 2012.  In his two years on the staff at Loyola, the Greyhounds earned back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and won the Patriot League regular-season and tournament championships in 2014.  The Greyhounds went 26-7 in Metzbower's two years as an assistant coach to Charley Toomey.

"I'm extremely happy that David and his family will be moving to Chapel Hill to join the Carolina lacrosse program," said Breschi.  "We've known each other since our Loyola High School days and played club lacrosse together for his brother Jimmy in the Maryland area back in the 1980s.

"David has a tremendous history of success over the years at both Princeton and Loyola, and will add a wealth of experience and knowledge at the offensive end of the field. He's a wonderful addition to the UNC lacrosse family."

Beginning in 1990, Metzbower spent 20 years as an assistant coach, offensive coordinator and goalkeeper coach at Princeton University, the final seven as the Tigers' associate head coach. Metzbower helped the Tigers win six NCAA Championships and 230 games during his tenure in New Jersey.

Originally form the Baltimore area and a graduate of Loyola Blakefield High School, Metzbower graduated from the University of Delaware in 1986 after a standout career as an attackman.

"My family and I would like to thank Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham, Senior Associate Athletic Director Clint Gwaltney and Coach Breschi for this opportunity," Metzbower says.  "We are thrilled to move to Chapel Hill and join the University of North Carolina lacrosse family.  It's a unique opportunity in college lacrosse, and I am looking forward to coaching these student-athletes.   I can't wait to get started."

After graduating from UD, he joined the Blue Hens' coaching staff and spent 1987-1989 on the sidelines in Newark.

In 1990, Metzbower joined the Princeton staff as the top assistant to head coach Bill Tierney and helped create dynamic offenses that averaged 181.6 goals per year over a 20-season span.

Metzbower helped the Tigers win six NCAA championships, reach the NCAA semifinals 10 times and advance to the NCAA quarterfinals on 16 occasions.  During Metzbower's tenure, the Tigers won 14 Ivy League titles while achieving a cumulative 230-65 record.

He helped develop the top five goal scorers in Princeton history, the top four in career points, 22 All-Ivy League attackmen, seven Ivy League Players of the Year, 27 first-team All-Americas and 74 All-Ivy League first-team selections. Under Metzbower, Kevin Lowe (1994) and John Hess (1997) won the Lt. Col. J.L. Turnbull Award as the outstanding attackman in Division I, and Josh Sims twice won the Lt. Donald McLaughlin Award as the top midfielder in Division I (1998 and 2000).

As Princeton's goalie coach, he directed three players - Scott Bacigalupo (1992-1994), Trevor Tierney (2001) and Alex Hewitt (2006) - who won the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Award as the top Division I goalkeeper a combined five times.

Metzbower left the Princeton program in June 2009 as associate head coach after turning down an offer to be the Tigers' head coach and served as an assistant coach at the Haverford School in 2010.  He then served as head coach at Malvern Preparatory School in suburban Philadelphia for two years before moving to Loyola in 2012.

Metzbower and his wife, Mimi, have two children, a daughter, Jordan, and a son, Derek. 

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 JOE MARTIN                                         UNC

Joseph Martin

Joe Martin has officially joined the University of North Carolina men’s lacrosse coaching staff as announced Tuesday, August 30 by Tar Heel head coach Joe Breschi.  Martin has served as the team’s director of operations for the past three years before being promoted this week to a full-time assistant coaching position.  Martin will work primarily with UNC’s face-off men and wing play as well as the defensive unit.

"I would like to thank athletic director Bubba Cunningham, senior associate athletic director Clint Gwaltney and coach Breschi for this opportunity,” says Martin. “I am thrilled to take this next step within the program here at the University of North Carolina, and have the opportunity to work more closely with our terrific student-athletes to help guide them in achieving their goals on and off the field.”

Martin originally joined the Tar Heel staff in November 2013 as the operations director.  He takes over the full-time spot on the coaching staff vacated by Chris Feifs, a seven-year veteran of the staff who recently took over as head coach at the University of Vermont.

In his role as operations director, Martin oversaw all game and practice film responsibilities, supervised the team managers, oversaw equipment ordering and distribution, arranged team travel and meals and helped operate youth and high school clinics.  During his tenure, Carolina won the NCAA championship in 2016 while also earning bids to the tournament in the previous two seasons.  This past season’s team also won the ACC regular-season championship.  Carolina’s record over the past three seasons was 35-15.

"After three years of being in the program as the director of operations, I'm thrilled to have Joe Martin as part of our coaching staff,” said UNC head coach Joe Breschi.  “He's a bright and hungry young coach who will bring tremendous energy and passion to the program"

Martin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Western New England University in Springfield, Mass., in May 2012.  He had a major in finance and a minor in economics.

After graduating, Martin stayed on at WNEU for a year as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach before moving to Chapel Hill in November 2013.  His duties at Western New England included coaching the face-off specialists and defense and organizing the scout offense for the 2013 Commonwealth Coast Conference titlists.  The 2013 team also went to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament.  He also coached wide receivers and quarterbacks for the Western New England football team during the 2013 season.

Martin played his college lacrosse at his alma mater from 2009-12.  He was a first-team All-Conference selection in 2011 and 2012.  As a senior, he was named both ECAC All-New England and NEILA All-New England.

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 BRUCE FRADY                                       UNC

Volunteer Assistant Coach

 

 

 

 MATT HUDSON                                      UNC

Director of Lacrosse Operations

Registration Manager

 CATHY REGAN                                      UNC

Cathy Regan is in her third year working with Coach Breschi and the Tar Heel Lacrosse Camps. Cathy handles all aspects of camp registration for the Tar Heel Lacrosse Camps including the online registration software, camper check in/check out and website design. Cathy Regan may be reached via the camp email at tarheellaxcamp@gmail.com

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Certified Athletic Trainer

 NINA WALKER                                      UNC

Nina Walker

Nina Walker, MA, ATC, LAT, has been a staff athletic trainer at Carolina since 2006. Her primary clinical responsibilities are with the men's lacrosse and men’s and women’s cross country/distance teams. She also serves as a clinical instructor for the UNC graduate and undergraduate athletic training programs. She is the director of the undergraduate observer program and currently lectures on topics related to manual therapy, electronic medical records and biofeedback.

Walker is a 1999 graduate of Boston University, where she earned a B.S in Athletic Training. Following her undergraduate degree, Walker attained a M.A. in Exercise and Sports Science with a specialization in Athletic Training in 2001 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, working mainly with the Tar Heel volleyball and rowing programs.

Walker returns to UNC after working at Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut. She served as the head athletic trainer for the men’s lacrosse and field hockey teams as well as an assistant adjunct professor in the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine program, teaching both Nutrition and Clinical Evaluation Lab.

She also volunteers for committees designed to promote the field of athletic training, such as the BOC Role Delineation Study Committee, NC Athletic Trainers Board of Directors. Her research interests include emergency management, lacrosse helmet removal and spineboarding. She also serves as Co-founder of the Lacrosse Athletic Trainers Society (LATS). She has a strong interest in manual therapy and has lectured nationally on Positional Release Therapy (PRT) and regionally on lacrosse helmet safety. She has also obtained Graston Technique M1 training.

She has been an NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) since 1999 and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) 2004-2012. Walker is a New York native who currently resides in Durham, NC.

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