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Lilli Dellheim '25 M.A., Special to the Hawk • July 13, 2024

Men’s lacrosse hires new offensive coordinator

Men’s lacrosse offensive coordinator Scott Meehan on Sweeney Field during the team’s practice. PHOTO MITCHELL SHIELDS ’22/THE HAWK

The St. Joe’s men’s lacrosse team  hired Scott Meehan as their new offensive coordinator on Jan. 11.

Meehan replaced Dan Keating, who was the team’s offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for seven seasons.

“I hired Scott to be the offensive coordinator because I enjoyed watching the things that he’s done with the teams that he’s coached, and the feedback I’ve gotten from the coaches he’s worked with has been great,”  Wray said. “He’s energetic, and has a  creative coaching mind, and I’m excited to see what new changes he’ll bring to the program.”

Meehan said he envisions that he will have a positive impact on the Hawks’ fast-paced offense and energetic play.

“There’s a million different ways to be a good lacrosse player and I hope that every single player that I coach finds two or three new ways to be successful out there,” Meehan said.

Sophomore attack Shane Fable, who led St. Joe’s rookies in all major offensive statistical categories last season, said he believes Meehan’s coaching will be beneficial for the Hawks long term.

“I think he’ll have a huge impact,” Fable said. “He definitely, from a player’s standpoint, knows what we need to do to succeed. As a coach, he gives us great insight on how to become better as an offense and to grow our game.”

Despite losing Keating, someone who coached the offense for seven years, Wray said he believes that Meehan will be a good fit for the program.

“It’s a huge loss,” Head Coach Taylor Wray said. “Anytime you lose a veteran coach who’s been ingrained in what you do with your team for as long as Coach Keating had been, it’s tough to replace someone like that. He’s been instrumental in everything that we’ve done literally from the first day that I’ve been here, so it’s a tough loss.”

Both Wray and Meehan understand that the transition from old to new coaching styles is difficult, but believe the change has gone well so far.

“Any time there’s a transition, it’s what you make of it,”  Wray said. “The best part about our team is that they’re a young and inexperienced group, and they’re certainly coachable and eager to learn.”

Meehan attributes his transition into the offensive coordinator position for the Hawks to his familiarity with the program from working with conference rivals.

“Having some familiarity scouting this team in the past gives me a little bit of a leg up coming in here and being ready for the talent level,” Meehan said. “Being familiar with Coach Wray and knowing what he’s done here gives me a little bit of an extra motivation to get us over the hump and hopefully getting us to a NCAA championship.”

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