DeLuca will help assemble the Men's National Team for the 2018 FIL World Championship (Elan Kawesch).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Harvard men's lacrosse associate head coach Ben DeLuca has been named as the assistant general manager for the 2018 Men's National Team which will pursue a record 10th gold medal at the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Manchester, England, US Lacrosse announced this week.
"I am honored to have been chosen by US Lacrosse to be a part of the United States National Team staff," DeLuca commented. "I am looking forward to reuniting with Coach Danowski on the sidelines and helping the team prepare for the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in 2018."
DeLuca is in his first season as associate head coach at Harvard after spending the previous two years as a defensive assistant under John Danowski at Duke, who will lead the Men's National Team as head coach. With DeLuca on staff the Blue Devils won the 2014 national championship while ranking fourth in the NCAA in ground balls both years.
No stranger to the Ivy League, DeLuca spent 18 years at Cornell as both a student-athlete and coach, including three seasons as head coach from 2011-13. The Big Red won a pair of Ivy titles with DeLuca at the helm, posting an overall record of 37-11 with a conference mark of 16-2. Cornell also made two appearances in the NCAA tournament, reaching the quarterfinals in 2011 and the national semifinals in 2013. 12 student-athletes earned All-America recognition under DeLuca's tutelage, including Rob Pannell who graduated from Cornell as the NCAA's career leader in points (354).
Prior to his time as head coach, DeLuca served 11 seasons as both an assistant and associate head coach. Cornell made nine NCAA tournament appearances with the Rochester, New York native on staff, including national semifinals appearances in 2007 and 2010, and earning a trip to the national championship game in 2009. DeLuca was named as the IMLCA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2007.
DeLuca was a four-year letterwinner on defense for the Big Red, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in nutritional sciences and biochemistry in 1998. He was elected as a co-captain for his senior campaign in 1998, and was voted as the team's Outstanding Senior Athlete for his leadership and dedication on and off the field.