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Coaching Staff

U.S. Men’s National Team Coaching Staff

NameU.S. Team RoleAffiliationFollow
Richie MeadeHead CoachHead Coach, Furman University @coachmeade
Kevin CasseseAssistant CoachHead Coach, Lehigh University @coachcassese
Dave PietramalaAssistant CoachHead Coach, Johns Hopkins University 
Jeff Tambroni Assistant CoachHead Coach, Penn State University @jtambroni
Richie Meade

Richie Meade

Head Coach

Richie Meade is in his second year as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Meade will lead Team USA in its title defense at the 2014 FIL World Championships in Denver, Colo. He is the 12th head coach in U.S. men’s team history, following Mike Pressler (Bryant), who led the U.S. to the 2010 world title.

In 2012, Meade was named the first head coach at Furman University, which will begin competition in 2014-15. A 35-year veteran of coaching at the collegiate level, Meade most recently served as head coach for the United States Naval Academy men’s team from 1994-2011, where he led the Midshipmen to a 142-97 (.589) record in 17 years. In his 21-year career as a head coach, Meade has compiled a 162-120 (.585) record.

During Meade’s head coaching tenure at Navy, his teams claimed five Patriot League regular season and tournament titles, appeared in seven NCAA tournaments and earned 39 All-America selections. In 2004, Navy advanced to the national championship game and Meade was honored with the Morris Touchstone Memorial Award for the national coach of the year. He also was twice named Patriot League coach of the year (2004, 2007).

Meade began his coaching career as an assistant at Duke University in 1977. Following a two-year stint at Duke, Meade made stops at the University of North Carolina (assistant, 1979-80), the University of Baltimore (head coach, 1980-83), Navy (assistant, 1984-88), North Carolina (assistant, 1989-90) and the United States Military Academy (assistant, 1990-94) before rejoining Navy as head coach in 1994.

A native of Williston Park, N.Y., Meade earned his Bachelor’s (1976) and Master’s (1979) degrees from North Carolina. He has served as president of the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) since 2005.

Meade is a member of both the New York Metropolitan Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame and University of Baltimore Athletic Hall of Fame.

He and his wife, Sue, have three daughters: Jillian, Shannon Grace, and Cassidy.

Kevin Cassese

Kevin Cassese

Assistant Coach

Kevin Cassese is entering his seventh year as head coach at Lehigh University, where, in 2013, he led the school to their second consecutive Patriot League Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. Prior to Lehigh, Cassese served as assistant coach at his alma mater Duke from 2005-07, helping to guide the Blue Devils to the 2007 national title game. As a player at Duke from 2000-03, Cassese was a three-time All-American, two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist and received the Lt. Donald MacLaughlin, Jr. Award as the nation’s top midfielder in 2002. A six-year MLL veteran with the Rochester Rattlers, Philadelphia Barrage and Boston Cannons, Cassese helped lead the Barrage to the 2007 MLL championship.

A three-time U.S. men’s national team midfielder (2002, 2006, 2010), Cassese was part of two gold medal winning U.S. teams (2002, 2010). He has also coached the U.S. men’s team at US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes and Champion Challenge events from 2010-12. Cassese has been involved with the U.S. National Teams Program since 1999, when he won gold with the U.S. U19 Team in Australia.

Dave Pietramala

Dave Pietramala

Assistant Coach

Dave Pietramala is entering his 14th season as the head coach at Johns Hopkins University. He guided the Blue Jays to the 2005 and 2007 NCAA championships and sports a record of 147-50 at Johns Hopkins and an overall collegiate coaching record of 170-69. In his 13 seasons as head coach, Johns Hopkins has advanced to the NCAA tournament 12 times and made six trips to the final four, earning two national championships and two national runner-up finishes (2003, 2008).

The only person in the history of men’s college lacrosse to win an NCAA Division I lacrosse championship as a player and a head coach, Pietramala was a three-time first team All-American at Johns Hopkins during his playing career from 1986-89. He helped the Blue Jays to the 1987 NCAA championship and later starred for the U.S. men’s national team in 1990 and 1994. He was the recipient of the Schmeisser Award as the nation’s outstanding defenseman in 1988 and 1989 and also earned the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the nation’s most outstanding player in 1989. Pietramala was inducted to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2003.

Jeff Tambroni

Jeff Tambroni

Assistant Coach

Jeff Tambroni is entering his fourth year as head coach at Penn State University. In the 2013 season, the Nittany Lions set programs records for wins (12) and earned the program’s first outright regular season conference title with a perfect 6-0 record in CAA play. Tambroni was awarded CAA Coach of the Year for the second time in three years (2011).

Prior to his arrival in State College, Tambroni spent 10 seasons as head coach at Cornell University (2001-2010), where his teams won eight Ivy League championships (2003-2010) and made three final four appearances (2007, 2009, 2010). In 2009, Tambroni was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coach of the Year after leading Cornell to the national championship game. His overall collegiate coaching record is 137-58, having amassed 109 wins while at Cornell. A 1992 graduate of Hobart University, Tambroni helped lead the Statesmen to back-to-back NCAA Division III championships (1990-91) before beginning his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater in 1993.

U.S. Men’s National Team Support Staff

Billy RebmanBilly Rebman will lead the support staff as General Manager for the second time, after serving in the same role for the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. men’s team. A former player at C.W. Post, he brings 40 years of lacrosse experience and 25 years of television experience to the team. Rebman currently serves as Vice President of NBC Sports Research & Olympics division.

William DawsonAssociate General Manager William Dawson, a former Naval officer and current corporate business executive in Annapolis, previously served as the officer representative for the United States Naval Academy men’s lacrosse team under 2014 U.S. men’s national team head coach Richie Meade from 2004-07. A former player at Navy, Dawson is experienced in developing and executing team operations and logistical plans.

John EspeyStaff Liaison John Espey is currently an assistant coach of the MLL’s Long Island Lizards and a volunteer assistant at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Espey has 24 years of Division I head coaching experience at Duke (1976-81) and Stony Brook (1987-2004). A former player at Cortland State, Espey also has twice served as a selector for the U.S. men’s team.

Adam SilvaDirector of Operations Adam Silva, a member of the US Lacrosse Board of Directors and men’s game subcommittee, is an experienced lacrosse player and coach currently volunteering as an assistant coach at Jacksonville in addition to coaching numerous youth and high school programs in North Florida. A former Army officer and player at the United States Military Academy, Silva currently works as chief development officer at the Wounded Warrior Project.

Head Athletic Trainer Brad Mountcastle has served as the head athletic trainer at Johns Hopkins University since 2004, including for the national champion men’s lacrosse teams in 2005 and 2007. He has been a member of the Johns Hopkins training staff since 1999.

Assistant Athletic Trainer Adam Thomas is currently the head athletic trainer for the MLL’s Boston Cannons and has been a full time Professor at Northeastern University since 2005. He is also working as a Physical Therapist at Orthopedic, Spine, and Sports Therapy in Hingham, MA and was previously the Head Athletic Trainer for the US Indoor Lacrosse team for the last Indoor World Championships in 2011.

Team Physician Dr. Margot Putukian is currently the Director of Athletic Medicine and Head Team Physician at Princeton University. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine, and also chairs the US Lacrosse Sports Science & Safety Committee. Dr. Putukian received her B.S. degree in Biology from Yale University, where she participated in soccer and lacrosse, and her M.D. from Boston University.

Team Physician Dr. Brett Owens is the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Keller Army Hospital in West Point, N.Y. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, having earned his B.S. from the United States Military Academy and M.D. from Georgetown University.