By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Further proving the sport of lacrosse is on the rise nationally and that the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) is at the center of its growth, Capital University head coach Dom Marzano will begin another adventure as an assistant coach within the new professional lacrosse organization, the Premiere Lacrosse League (PLL).
Marzano, now in his fourth year as head coach for the Capital men's lacrosse program, was chosen by Nat St. Laurent to join his staff as an assistant coach on one of the six startup teams. St. Laurent, the current head coach of Ohio Northern University men's lacrosse program, will lead the PLL's Redwoods, which begins play in this weekend. The Redwoods will open up the season on Sunday against Atlas LC at 2 p.m. All three PLL games and two Women's Professional Lacrosse League games will be played at Gillette Stadium in Boston.
"I am beyond excited, and it was humbling for him [Nat St. Laurent] to think of me," said Marzano. "Lacrosse hasn't seen the level of growth that the PLL can give to our sport, nationally and worldwide … being a part of growing lacrosse on this platform is really exciting for me."
The PLL unveiled the six head coaches who will lead its teams in December 2018. It is a group of some of the best leaders, strategists, and innovators that the game has known – headlined by National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member and four-time NCAA national champion, Dom Starsia.
The PLL has garnered national attention by Bloomberg, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Finance, The Players' Tribune, and Entrepreneur Magazine, to name a few major publications. The league will kick off a 14-week, 12-city season and feature six teams comprised of the best players in the world. Those players will compete in a regular season, all-star weekend, playoffs, and championship. The league will be featured on national television and streamed online through the NBC Sports Group. Among its tour stops, Columbus will serve as host to the first round of the PLL Playoffs and play its games at Mapfre Stadium. More info
"They are a great group of men," said Marzano of the Redwoods. "We have a lot of veterans who bring a lot of years of leadership and experience … we have the right veterans to start this franchise, to help grow the younger guys. They are the epitome of what you want a pro player to be, on and off the field, with the fans, everything."
Marzano will serve as the Redwoods' offensive coordinator and film coordinator while also assisting in team personnel decisions.
The Redwoods are highlighted by players such as 2005 NCAA National Champion and former Ohio Machine midfielder Kyle Harrison, four-time All-American and first overall MLL draft pick Joe Walters, and USA Gold Medalist and 2015 MLL Most Valuable Player Greg Gurenlian.
The position with the Redwoods will not impact Marzano's responsibilities or position at Capital as the PLL season concludes in mid-September.
Marzano recently completed his third year with the Crusaders following back-to-back-to-back OAC Tournament appearances. This year, he led the Crusaders an undefeated conference record to win the 2019 OAC Regular Season Championship outright. He is now a two-time OAC Coach of the Year, both earned in his time at Capital. Four players have earned all-region honors and in 2018 Brennan O'Callaghan '18 was named Offensive Player of the Year for the second time in his career while playing under Marzano.
This will mark Marzano's second stint in the professional ranks. He also held a post with the Ohio Machine, formerly of Major League Lacrosse, as an assistant coach (2014-17) before shifting his focus to the broadcast booth to serve as color commentator for Machine games on the Lacrosse Sports Network (LSN).
In 2018, he helped craft the foundation of the Ohio Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (OCBLL). The OCBLL gives area players playing collegiately an opportunity to hone their skills through box lacrosse, a variation of indoor lacrosse, at the Resolute Athletic Complex in Columbus during the summer months.
ABOUT THE PREMIER LACROSSE LEAGUE
The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) brings the sport of lacrosse to a national stage for the first time through a tour-based model, complete with the best players the game has to offer. Co-founded by lacrosse superstar, philanthropist, and investor Paul Rabil and his brother, serial entrepreneur and investor, Mike Rabil, the Premier Lacrosse League is backed by an investment group comprised of The Raine Group, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), The Chernin Group, and Blum Capital. The league was announced in October 2018, with an exclusive media-rights deal with NBC Sports Group. The PLL season will begin in June 2019, with six teams, embarking on a 14-week season that concludes with a playoff and PLL championship game. The PLL season will be distributed through an exclusive media-rights agreement with NBC Sports Group.