|Position:||Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator|
|Alma Mater:||Drexel, '09|
Last season, the Richmond men’s lacrosse program ranked among the best defenses in the country, leading the nation in caused turnovers per game and clearing percentage.
That stifling defense just added another mind to the mix as Head Coach Dan Chemotti announced the addition of Steve Grossi, replacing Chris Perzinski, who was named head coach at Elizabethtown College.
“Adding Steve to our staff is an exciting way to kick off a new year. His transition into our program has been seamless as it gets, because he stands for a lot of the same intangibles our program takes pride in on daily basis. He understands the importance of loyalty, he is a consummate professional and he has a superb work ethic,” Chemotti said.
Grossi brings a wealth of experience as a player and a coach, serving as a defensive coordinator at three institutions as well as being an all-conference defender during his own collegiate playing career.
Most recently, he spent last year serving as the defensive coordinator at perennial Ivy League power Princeton, under his former head coach at Drexel, Chris Bates.
“As a player and a coach, Steve has learned and been mentored by some of the best coaches in the game and we are enthusiastic about what he can add to our team and share with our student-athletes. In a very short time, he has already made strong contributions to our program. We are lucky to have him as a Spider,” Chemotti said.
Prior to his time with the Tigers, he spent three seasons at Saint Joseph’s, where the Hawks twice finished in the top-six in the country in scoring defense. During his final two years, SJU went 6-0 in conference play and allowed under eight goals per game.
This will not be Grossi’s first stop in the Commonwealth as his first stop came at Division III power Hampton-Sydney.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to join the University of Richmond community. Richmond is a place of great academic and athletic tradition. It is a tremendous privilege to join a first class organization and I am thankful for the opportunity to work alongside Coach Chemotti and his staff," Grossi said. "I am eager and excited to coach the student-athletes at the University of Richmond. I would be remiss not to thank the student-athletes I had the chance to work with at Princeton as well as my previous mentors and coaches. I am looking forward to assisting in the programs commitment to success.”
During his playing career at Drexel, Grossi twice earned First Team All-CAA accolades as a longstick midfielder. He was a two-time team captain for the Dragons and during his senior year was named to the Tewaaraton Watch List.
He also spent a season playing professionally with the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League.