August 16, 2011

St. John's Hopes Wilson Helps Develop Goalies

from press release

QUEENS, N.Y. – St. John's head lacrosse coach Jason Miller has announced the addition of Errol Wilson to the Red Storm coaching staff. Wilson will serve as the assistant coach responsible for the development of the team's goalkeepers.

"It's a great hire for St. John's lacrosse. I'm really excited with the dynamic Errol will bring to not only our team but to our office as well," said Miller on the addition. "We will rely on him at both ends of the field, in addition to mentoring Jeff Lowman and the rest of our young group of goalies. We look forward to getting to work this fall with Errol on the field."

Wilson comes to St. John's from BIG EAST rival Rutgers University after spending one season with the school as the associate head coach. During his one year in Piscataway, the team finished 6-9 and sixth in the BIG EAST.

Prior to coaching at Rutgers, Wilson had been part of the staff at Brown University where he worked his way up to top assistant coach. He started as the goalie coach while also providing assistance with the clearing game, game day personnel and substitution adjustments and recruiting. Brown lacrosse experienced a run of success during Wilson's tenure as the Bears won the Ivy League title in 2008 and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament for 2009.

The Red Storm will be hoping that Wilson can provide the same kind of tutelage to St. John's goalies that he did for some of his former pupils. At Brown, Wilson worked extensively with goalie Jordan Burke who earned USILA Goalie of the Year, First Team All-American and Ivy League Player of the Year honors. Burke now plays professionally for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse.

Wilson will be inheriting a talented goalkeeping unit that led the BIG EAST in saves per game and finished third in save percentage. Lowman led the conference at 12.64 saves per game, nearly three shots a game more than the next closest player.

Wilson played collegiately at Stony Brook University before beginning his coaching career at Brown. He was a four-year letterman as he split time at goalie throughout his career. He was voted the team's Most Improved Player during his career with the Seawolves. Wilson graduated in 2006 with a degree in economics.

St. John's lacrosse finished the 2011 season with a 4-10 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the BIG EAST. The year was highlighted by a thrilling 9-8 victory over Rutgers in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic at New Meadowlands Stadium.

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