Joe Breschi

Joe Breschi’s coaching philosophy is summed up in three words • FAMILY • ACADEMICS • LACROSSE.

Following the 2016 and 2017 campaigns, the words big winner can be added to the resume. Breschi always had successful programs at Ohio State and UNC but on Memorial Day weekend 2016 he took the Tar Heel program to heights it had not achieved since 1991, the NCAA championship. The Tar Heels followed that up in 2017 with their second ACC Tournament championship since 2013 and a ninth successive trip to the NCAA Tournament under Breschi’s tutelage.

Now in his 10th year as the head coach of Carolina’s lacrosse program, Breschi has installed his philosophy at every level of the program and its outreach to alumni, student-athletes, their families and the Chapel Hill community. On the field, in the classroom and in the community, Carolina men’s lacrosse is achieving at the highest levels and the credit for that goes to Breschi, one of the sharpest minds in collegiate coaching circles.

Breschi, a 1990 Carolina alumnus and former assistant coach for the Tar Heels, became the 12th head lacrosse coach in Carolina history on June 18, 2008. Breschi came to Chapel Hill from Ohio State where he had served as the head coach for the previous 11 seasons. Young men pursuing college lacrosse careers and college degrees want to play for a man with the character of Breschi. A solid recruiter, excellent tactician and tremendous communicator, Breschi and his staff know they have put the Tar Heel program on sound footing talent wise and the Tar Heel players have also achieved at high levels in the classroom while being community service leaders.

Carolina has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of his nine years as head coach. Last year’s team kept that streak alive after arriving at the ACC Tournament with a losing record but Carolina beat the top two teams in the NCAA RPI - Syracuse and Notre Dame - to win the conference title and advance to the Big Dance. Twenty-eight of the 51 players on the roster were named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2016-17.