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The House of Sports Lacrosse Academy is led by a world class coaching staff that consists of some of the best instructors in the nation. The staff is comprised of professionals who know what it takes to be successful on and off the field. See below for more information on our coaching staff.

 

Coaches

 John Jez, Head Coach 2019 Team

 John JezJohn Jez has is currently in his tenth season as head coach at LIU - Post. Jez's coaching record includes: over 100 victories, two national titles, six NCAA championship appearances and six conference championships. On his watch, sixty-six players have earned East Coast Conference year-end honors, including two Rookies of the Year and two Players of the Year, one ECAC Player of the Year, 49 All-America distinctions, including 12 First Team, 20 Second Team, three Third Team and 14 Honorable Mention selections.

               
Under his tutelage, Mike Messina, Greg Cerar and Michael Cama were honored as top players in their respective positions by the USILA. Messina was named the 2011 Outstanding Player of the Year as well as the Lt. Donald McLaughlin Jr. Award for Most Outstanding Midfielder. In 2009, Cerar was honored as the Lt. Col. J Turnbull Award winner for Outstanding Attackman of the Year and received the Lt. Raymond Jenners award for National Player of the Year. Cama was honored as both the 2010 and 2009 Specialty Player of the Year. In 2011, three players were named to the top national awards. Mike Messina, Greg Cerar and Michael Cama were honored as top players in their respective positions by the USILA. Messina was named the 2011 Outstanding Player of the Year as well as the Lt. Donald McLaughlin Jr. Award for Most Outstanding Midfielder. In 2009, Cerar was honored as the Lt. Col. J Turnbull Award winner for Outstanding Attackman of the Year and received the Lt. Raymond Jenners award for National Player of the Year. Cama was honored as both the 2010 and 2009 Specialty Player of the Year

Prior to his appointment as head coach at Pace, Jez served as an assistant for six years at the Pleasantville campus and he had a one-year stint at Division I Sacred Heart University.
               
Jez has served as the Chairman of the NCAA Division II Lacrosse Championships Committee and is the central region advisor on the USILA All-America Committee. He also serves as a representative for the weekly USILA Division II national poll and is a Division II representative on the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee.
               
Jez is currently the general manager for the 2016 U.S. Under 19 Men's National Lacrosse team. He was also an assistant general manager for the 2010 US Men's National Lacrosse team and was on the support staff for the 2008 and 2012 US Under-19 National Lacrosse team and the 2006 US National team.  During the summer of 2012, Jez came on board as an assistant coach for the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse.
               
A native of Ossining, NY, Jez earned a bachelor's degree in Sports Medicine-Exercise Science in 1994 from Pfeiffer University. He was a four-year letterwinner at the North Carolina school, helping lead the team to national Top-10 ranking his junior and senior seasons. A two-time All-American midfielder in 1993 and 1994, Jez was selected as an alternate for the North-South Senior All-Star game in 1994 and was named Pfeiffer University's lacrosse MVP that same year.  He completed his master's degree in Criminal Justice at LIU Post in May 2010.

In 2012, Jez was inducted in to the Pfeiffer Athletics Hall of Fame.
               
Jez and his wife, Christine, currently reside in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. with their daughters, Olivia (17), Dakota (10) and Jalyn (8).

 

 

 

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