By Molly Cunha
A “no- brainer”. This is what the new addition to the Pioneer family, Eric Wolf, claims when referring to both applying and accepting his job as head coach of the men’s lacrosse team. The athletic department welcomed Coach Wolf in June. He replaced former-coach, John Jez, who held the position for 11 seasons.
Wolf played Division I lacrosse at the University of Albany, and has experience in assisting Division I programs including his alma mater, the University of Albany, and Siena College. More recently, for the past two years, he has been a crucial member of the coaching sta at Harvard University, a team that participated in the Ivy League Championship in 2016.
He is excited to be in his first head coaching position, especially on Long Island, where he is from. Not only is he familiar with the location, he is also extremely knowledgeable about the national championship titles that come with this program. He is aware of the prestige that LIU Post lacrosse represents.
Wolf is “optimistic” about the upcoming spring season. It is hard to make predictions about the spring, but he has a mind-set that will guide the team in the right direction towards success: “We are going to work hard, and do things the right way. I am a believer that if you do those things, good things are going to come.”
The confidence that Coach Wolf demonstrates has an effect on the players as well, making the transition to a new coaching staff easier for members of the team of all ages and experience. “From a senior’s stand point, receiving a new coach is very difficult. The way Coach Wolf has come in and shown tremendous positivity and care for us gives me great excitement for the upcoming season. He has handled taking over the head coach role very well and professionally”, Eric Donahoe, a senior Criminal Justice major had said.
Pioneer nation will be supporting Coach Wolf and the lacrosse team this fall as they prepare for their season. This weekend, Wolf will lead them as they volunteer at the 2017 Long Island Heart Walk. The team will be scrimmaging and practicing this fall, volunteering, and supporting other sports at LIU Post. Wolf led them as they volunteered at the 2017 Long Island Heart Walk this past weekend on September 17th.