Director of Communications
Brian oversees the communications efforts for US Lacrosse, including Lacrosse Magazine and our two web sites, www.uslacrosse.org and www.laxmagazine.com.
At US Lacrosse since:
University of Delaware, 1990
Prior to coming to US Lacrosse, I worked at Washington and Lee University, first as sports information director and later as the school’s associate news director. I also worked as a sports information intern at Delaware and for my summer jobs growing up I worked as a construction laborer, data entry clerk, fast-food server at Arby’s and a baseball umpire. I’m fully convinced that everyone should have to work in the food service industry at least once.
If you played lacrosse, when and how were you first introduced to the game?
I never played, but one of my first exposures to the sport was a men’s lacrosse game between Delaware and Virginia in 1987. Virginia had reached the NCAA final the year before, but Delaware opened with a big upset victory. The atmosphere was electric and unlike any other I had seen on campus that year – including future Super Bowl quarterback Rich Gannon playing football for the Blue Hens.
Do you have a favorite lacrosse player?
I never saw him in his prime, but even as a veteran player, Gary Gait did things that I’ve never other players do. He was worth the price of admission.
Who is your all-time favorite athlete?
I grew up idolizing Phil Ford, a star basketball player at North Carolina in the 1970s. He ran the famed Four Corners offense that helped create the shot clock in college basketball. He scored a ton of points, but was also one of those players that made everyone around him better. I was nine years old when Carolina lost to Marquette in the national championship game in 1977, and that loss still stings.
What’s one thing most people would not know about you?
I have the highest fielding percentage in the history of NCAA Division I baseball. Granted, my college baseball career lasted one-half inning, but I did make one putout in the field to give me a 1.000 fielding percentage in a game Delaware played against Villanova. I got pinch-hit for in the bottom of the inning and our coach, Hall of Famer Bob Hannah, had a great line. He told a reporter (Tom Tomashek – who incidentally is the father-in-law of Albany coach Scott Marr), "I wanted to let him hit, but I was trying to win the game. I felt I owed that to the regulars." The whole experience was a blast. I was a decent high school baseball player and then went on to keep score for the Delaware team in college. For my senior year, the coach put me on the roster and I practiced with the team all year. He ended up sneaking me into a game against our archrival.
What’s your ideal Saturday?
I love waking up with no alarm clock, getting to watch my kids play sports and then capping it off with a relaxing meal where I don’t have to do dishes after it’s over.
What was your childhood dream job?
I don’t know if I knew what specific job I wanted to do, but it was definitely something in the sports media field. I used to read Sports Illustrated cover to cover, and I remember making fake broadcasts of Monday Night Football into a tape recorder (yes, I’m that old). When I started getting paid to keep statistics at Delaware sporting events, I felt like I was stealing money.