Svec to lead Siena with defense
As an assistant, Svec’s teams had lofty defensive rankings yearly
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Siena Director of Athletics John D'Argenio has identified the man he hopes can take the men’s lacrosse program to new heights as John Svec was hired as the program's ninth head coach.
“We wanted to find somebody who could continue the success we’ve had and help us win games and championships, and to get things done the right way while keeping the interest of our student athletes at heart,” D’Argenio said. “We found John Svec and he’s the person to help us continue that success here at Siena College.”
“This is a great opportunity to be part of a program that has learned how to win,” Svec said. “That winning has bred a certain level of expectation. That high level of expectation of success from both the administration and the very supportive and active alumni is very impressive. That was evident to me the first time I set foot on campus and is one of the many reasons I am so eager to join the Siena Lacrosse family.”
Svec joins the Saints following a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Hobart College in the ECAC Lacrosse League. During his tenure with the Statesmen, Svec coached six All-ECAC selections, two USILA North/South All-Stars and a USILA Scholar All-American. Additionally, this past spring Svec served as an assistant coach for the North team at the 69th Annual USILA/LaxWorld North/South All-Star game.
Svec served as defensive coordinator at Hobart, and his corps ranked 11th nationally in scoring defense in 2009 and second in the ECAC in caused turnovers per game in 2010.
Before his stint at Hobart, Svec had a proven track record in the Capital Region where he was one of the key architects to Albany’s rise to power. He served as an assistant coach with the Great Danes from 2001-08, helping guide the program to a 70-43 (.619) record. In his seven seasons, Albany made four NCAA tournament appearances including a trip to the quarterfinals in 2007 when the program peaked to a No. 2 national ranking.
The Great Danes excelled on the defensive end of the field under Svec’s leadership as coordinator, capped by a No. 12 national ranking in scoring defense in 2008.
A native of Arnold, Md., Svec was a defenseman for the Greyhounds as a player, participating in four consecutive NCAA tournaments. Loyola posted an impressive 46-10 (.821) overall record during his playing career and advanced to the national semifinals of the 1998 NCAA Tournament.
Svec inherits a team that posted program record 13 wins this spring. The Saints won the MAAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, finishing the season ranked No. 20 nationally in both the USILA Coaches’ Poll and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.