July 24, 2007
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (July 24, 2007) - Sacred Heart Director of Athletics Don Cook and head men's lacrosse coach Tom Mariano announced the hiring of J.P. Brazel as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2007-08 season. Brazel joins the Pioneer coaching staff after spending last season as an assistant on the Manhattan College staff.
Brazel, a Levittown, New York native, worked primarily with the offense and goalies under Manhattan head coach Tim McIntee, helping the Jaspers to a 7-8 mark in 2007. Prior to his stop at Manhattan, Brazel served as an assistant coach at Nassau Community College from 2003 to 2006.
While at Nassau, Brazel led the development of the team's goaltenders and defensive units as well as working with the team's face-off specialists. In addition to on field coaching, Brazel assisted in the coordination of the team's recruiting efforts. He helped lead the school to the NJCAA Semifinals and Regional Championship in the 2003, 2004 and 2004 seasons.
Nassau was not only the location of the start of Brazel's coaching career but it also marked the beginning of his collegiate playing career as well. In 1999, Brazel earned All-American honors as a goaltender and helped Nassau to an NJCAA Championship title. He moved on to Hofstra University and while competing for the Pride, led them to two NCAA Tournament in 2000 and 2001.
Since 2000, Brazel spends each summer working at lacrosse camps throughout the New York area.
He holds a degree in psychology from Hofstra University and is currently enrolled in the master's program for New York State Certification in counseling at Manhattan.