CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Chris Wojcik, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, added Al Lattell, Justin Turri and Stephen Toomy to his staff for the upcoming 2018 season.
"I'm happy to welcome Al Lattell, Stephen Toomy, and Justin Turri to Harvard University and our lacrosse program," said Wojcik. "Al, Stephen, and Justin are men of character with a passion for lacrosse and developing outstanding young men. They each bring a diverse skill set to our program, and we are eager to begin the 2017-2018 campaign."
Turri and Toomy will serve as assistant coaches, while Lattell joins the Crimson as the lacrosse operations coordinator.
Lattell joins the staff from Boston University, where he served in the same role from 2016-17. At BU, he oversaw day-to-day operations of the men's and women's lacrosse programs, coordinating travel, overseeing student managers and handling alumni relations.
"Al is diligent, organized, and a team player," said Wojcik. "He brings a successful track record of managing the day-to-day operations of two lacrosse programs while at BU. In addition to our overall lacrosse operations, Al will help manage a number of non-lacrosse initiatives for our student-athletes."
Lattell has been involved with the Terriers since he entered the university as a freshman in 2004. After playing four seasons with the club team, including captaining the squad in 2007 and 2008, he graduated in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Lattell stayed with the Terriers as an assistant coach for four seasons, including the first two years at the Division I level.
Also coming from crosstown rival Boston University, Toomy served as the defensive coordinator for the past two seasons. Toomy led one of the best defenses in the country last season, giving up only 8.88 goals per game and ranking No. 15 in the country. Prior to BU, Toomy was the defensive coordinator and goalie coach at Colgate, helping the Raiders win the 2015 Patriot League Championship and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
"Over the course of his coaching career, Stephen has demonstrated an outstanding work ethic, attention to detail, and a passion for teaching the game of lacrosse," said Wojcik. "He has played an integral part in the success of multiple programs, and he is a tireless recruiter. Stephen brings experience in multiple phases of the game, and he will be involved in all aspects of our program."
Prior to Colgate, Toomy was the director of men's lacrosse operations at the University of North Carolina for two years. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Western New England University, where he coached the defense while also serving as the goalie coach and recruiting coordinator.
As a player at Western New England from 2005-2009, Toomy was a three-time all-conference selection and participated in the 2009 NEILA East-West Senior All-Star Game. The Northborough, Massachusetts, native earned his bachelor's degree in accounting in May 2009 and has also served as a coach for Team Central Lacrosse and New England Developmental Lacrosse.
Turri comes to the Crimson from Army, where he was an assistant coach for three years. Turri's primary responsibility at Army was as the faceoff specialist, but he also assisted with the team's offense and extra-man units. He mentored two of the best in the nation in Alex Daly and Dan Grabher.
"Justin strives for excellence in every endeavor, and he brings an outstanding pedigree to our program," said Wojcik. Justin's distinguished playing career, strong leadership skills, and work ethic will have a positive impact on our program. He played an important role as a mentor and coach during Army West Point's success the past three years. Similar to Stephen, Justin will be involved in all aspects of the program."
Prior to his stint at Army, served as a volunteer assistant coach at Providence in 2014, where he assisted with the offense and extra-man units, running the substitution box on game day and film/statistical analysis.
A four-year starting midfielder and two-time captain at Duke, Turri was a two-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American, finishing his career ranked No. 28 on Duke's career points list with 122 (70 goals, 52 assists). Turri helped Duke win the 2010 national championship, capture the Atlantic Coast Conference title in 2009 and 2012. The Blue Devils made the NCAA semifinals in all four of Turri's seasons. The Blue Devils earned an NCAA Tournament berth every season with Turri on the field.
Turri is also a member of the Boston Cannons as a midfielder and is currently in his sixth season in Major League Lacrosse.
An Academic All-ACC honoree, Turri earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from Duke's Trinity College of Arts and Sciences in 2011. He completed a Master of Management Studies degree from the University's acclaimed Fuqua School of Business the following year and spent two years as a Sports Finance Analyst.