Hofstra hired a former Pride athlete John Gorman as its new defensive coordinator, replacing Kevin Unterstein. Unterstein recently took the open assistant position at North Carolina.
Hempstead, NY – Hofstra Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Seth Tierney today announced the appointment of Rutgers assistant coach and former Pride student-athlete and coach John Gorman as assistant coach/defensive coordinator in 2018-19.
The three-year Pride letterman returns to Hofstra after two successful years as an assistant coach/defensive coordinator at Rutgers University. During his tenure with the Scarlet Knights, Gorman helped lead the Rutgers defense to an overall team defensive ranking of 18th in 2017 and 23rd in 2018. In addition, Gorman had five All-American honorees, five All-Big-10 honorees, one Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year Award winner and 19 victories during his two years at Rutgers.
Prior to coaching at Rutgers, Gorman served as assistant men's lacrosse coach/assistant defensive coordinator under Kevin Unterstein on Seth Tierney's staff at Hofstra from August 2012 through August 2016.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring back one of our own alums to the staff at Hofstra,” Tierney said. “Having the experience as both a player and a coach with the Pride, John brings the invaluable knowledge of our system while also possessing additional coaching knowledge after two successful seasons at Rutgers. We are proud to welcome John back to the Hofstra family.”
The Lindenhurst, New York native was a defensive midfielder for the Pride from 2005 through the 2007 seasons. During that time, he played in a total of 40 games, starting 15, and picked up 30 ground balls and one assist.
As a senior captain in 2007, Gorman started all 14 games, picked up 20 ground balls and received the Bengt Barbaccia Award for the second consecutive year. He was part of Hofstra's 2006 team that posted a school record 17 wins, won the Colonial Athletic Association championship, advanced to the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship quarterfinals and received his first Barbaccia Award. He also tallied one assist and picked up seven ground balls on the season. Gorman played in 10 games as a sophomore in 2005, picking up three ground balls and receiving the David McCartney Memorial Endowed Scholarship Award. Gorman holds a bachelor's degree in physical education from Hofstra.
Gorman came to Hofstra after two years and one playing season at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York where he was a NJCAA All-America second team selection, team captain and helped lead the Lions to the division championship and the NJCAA national semifinals.
A three-sport athlete at Lindenhurst (N.Y.) High School, Gorman lettered in lacrosse, football and wrestling and was a two-time All-Suffolk County selection in wrestling and an honorable mention all-county pick in football.
After graduation from Hofstra, Gorman served as a teacher and coach on the high school and elementary levels from 2007 through 2012. Gorman served as assistant varsity lacrosse coach at South Side High School on Long Island from the fall of 2007 through 2012, and assistant varsity and junior varsity head wrestling coach from November, 2010 through 2012.
Gorman also served as a health and physical education instructor at Joseph Barry Technical School in Westbury, NY from 2012 through 2015. Gorman, who served as a lifeguard for the Town of Babylon from 1999 through 2012, also taught in the Rockville Centre School District from 2008 through 2012.