Gill Conners enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Siena College Men's Lacrosse program. A native of nearby Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Conners works with the Saints' goalies and defense and runs the substitution box during games.
"I am excited to welcome Gill Conners to our Siena Lacrosse family," said head coach Svec upon Conners' hiring. "His career as a player speaks for itself. A two-time Junior College National Champion and two-time All-Conference selection, Gill brings a wealth of knowledge about the goalie position as well as experience coaching in the Ivy League."
In his second season, Conners’ again boasted senior defenseman, Ryan Ghaderi, as the men’s lacrosse sport winner for the prestigious Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award. Conners’ helped guide senior long stick midfielder Joe Arcarese to MAAC Long Stick Midfielder of the Year honors. Ghaderi led the league in caused turnovers (1.36), while Arcarese caused the fifth most turnovers in the MAAC (1.14).
Conners broke into the coaching ranks in 2015 at Brown University as a volunteer assistant coach were he assisted with the development of the goalies and worked with the defense. Under Conners' tutelage, Bears' goalie Jack Kelly ranked 11th nationally in saves per game (11.53) and 14th in save percentage (.554). Additionally, the Brown defense caused an average of 9.41 turnovers per game which was second best in all of Division I.
The Bears posted a 12-5 overall record and captured a share of the Ivy League Championship and were the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament. Brown earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament where they faced eventual National Champion Denver, and finished the season ranked 13th in the USILA Coaches' Poll and 12th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Conners played collegiately at both Quinnipiac University (2012-14) and Onondaga Community College (2010-12). During his senior year at Quinnipiac, he was named both a Second Team All-MAAC and All-New England selection, competed in the North-South Senior All-Star Game and was honored as the Bobcats' Team MVP after ranking fourth nationally in saves per game (13.15) and sixth in save percentage (.576). In 2013, Conners was tabbed a First Team All-Northeast Conference selection and ranked fifth nationally in save per game (13.93).
Conners led Onondaga to consecutive NJCAA National Championships and in 2012 was the NJCAA National Goalie of the Year, a First Team All-American and the Region 3 Defensive Player of the Year, while allowing just 30 goals all season (2.6 per game).
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