John Orsen is the new LXTC Recruiting Coordinator for the Denver Elite teams, to support the young athletes in finding a college that is the right fit for them, athletically and academically. Orsen will also help coach at camps, clinics, and for the Denver Elite teams.
The University of Denver men's lacrosse program has named former Marquette defensive coordinator John Orsen an assistant coach, DU head coach Bill Tierney announced on Friday. Orsen replaces four-year coach Dylan Sheridan, who took the first-assistant job at Princeton earlier this month.
"We are thrilled to be welcoming John Orsen and his wife, Leigh Ann, to our DU Lacrosse family," Tierney said.
"John brings a wealth of lacrosse experience to Denver, both as a player and a coach. He was a great player at Hofstra, an NLL All-Star, and an MLL Champion, providing him with a keen knowledge of how to; compete at the highest level, strive to be the best and be a great teammate. John was instrumental in assisting Coach Joe Amplo in getting the Marquette program off the ground, and helped lead them to the Big East Tournament in only their second year of existence."
Orsen was a member of Marquette's inaugural staff, helping officially start the Golden Eagles' program in 2013. The Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., native was hired in May of 2011 to assist Marquette head man Joe Amplo in starting the program. In their first campaign, Marquette went 5-8, and Orsen coached the Golden Eagles' defense to a No. 18 national mark in ground ball margin.
"I have been so impressed with the great things people have said about John," Tierney said. "His former coaches, employers and professional peers all comment on his positive nature and tireless work ethic. He will continue to do what Dylan Sheridan did for us, by having a strong say in what we do defensively, coaching our corps of face-off men, continuing to help us recruit young men of character and talent and developing game-day strategies. John will join Matt Brown and Trevor Tierney to make up a coaching staff of which I am most proud, and one that will continue to lead the University of Denver closer to our goal of a national championship."
In 2014, Marquette went 6-10, including 4-2 in the BIG EAST, earning a conference tournament semifinal appearance. Orsen's defense played a key role in the Golden Eagles' four BIG EAST wins a year ago, including holding Georgetown to one goal in the final 23:36 of regulation, giving the offense the opportunity to turn a 9-3 second half deficit into an 11-10 victory.
"I want to thank Joe Amplo, everyone on the Marquette staff and Marquette University for the opportunity to create a winning culture and begin to build a program," Orsen said. "Obviously this opportunity at Denver is surreal. To coach under both Bill Tierney and Matt Brown is an outstanding opportunity for me in my coaching career. I love the city of Denver, and the program has continued to be a national championship contender, and that's what I want to get to. I look forward to the opportunity to help this program in any way I can."
As a player, Orsen transitioned from attack to defense while at Hofstra, earning a spot on the USILA All-America Honorable Mention squad in his final collegiate campaign. In that 2006 season, Orsen and the Pride reached the NCAA Quarterfinals after a 14-8 win over Providence in the first round. Orsen captained his club in both his junior and senior seasons, leading the team to a 17-2 mark in 2006, and earning First Team All-CAA honors.
Professionally, Orsen was picked in the fourth round in the MLL Draft by the Long Island Lizards. Later in his MLL career, Orsen played for and won the league championship with the Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2012. Orsen was also selected by the New York Titans of the NLL for the indoor season. In addition, Orsen suited up for Team USA in 2011 at the FIL World Indoor Championships in Prague, and played for the Colorado Mammoth from 2011-13.
Director of Operations
Kenny is the LXTC Director of Operations, who also spends much of his time with the Denver Elite teams. Kenny is a tremendous leader for the young athletes to learn from, as you can see in his bio below.
Kenny Crowley grew up in Darien, Connecticut where he discovered his passion for competitive team sports. Throughout his youth and into high school, Crowley served as team captain of his favorite sports. Kenny was recruited by the University of Maryland where he was a member of the Maryland lacrosse team but eventually transferred to the University of Denver, where he served as team captain in 2001 - earning pre-season long stick midfield All-American honors. In 2010, Crowley was selected as a member of the DU All-Decade team as the long stick midfielder.
After receiving his college degree, Crowley was drafted by and played for the Boston Cannons for the inaugural season of Major League Lacrosse. In the off-season he served as the Defensive Coordinator for the University of Arizona club lacrosse team. The following season, while attending spring training for the Cannons, Crowley made a decision to enlist into the Officer Candidate School of the United States Army as a result of the attacks on Sept 11th, 2001.
At one point during his 18 months of military training, he had the honor of attending Ranger School with a man who defined true patriotism, Pat Tillman. Both Tillman and Crowley immediately became friends and chose each other to both support and hold the other accountable for their successes and failures in Ranger School. Both graduated the first time through the course.
Only weeks after completing training, Crowley was assigned as Platoon Leader of a Light Infantry unit in Afghanistan from 2004–2005 where he and his Platoon were heavily engaged in combat with the Taliban and Al Qaeda. After all was said and done, Crowley’s Platoon and assigned patrol members endured 5 Soldiers killed in action and approximately 12 wounded in action. There is a documentary by National Geographic named “Inside the Green Berets at Fire Base Cobra” that is based upon the remote Fire Base that Crowley and his Platoon established in 2004.
Upon his return from Afghanistan, Crowley was appointed the Officer in Charge of the United States Army Sniper School from 2005 – 2007. The school was the site of the International Sniper Competition, which hosted over 60 snipers from the international community. The success of the competition resulted in global recognition and is currently known as Top Sniper on the Military Channel. Crowley was also recognized for his support and contributions in Hans Halberstadt’s Trigger Men, a true account of military sniper operations on the modern urban battlefield.
After Sniper School, from 2007-2009, Crowley served as a security consultant in Africa for both the private sector and U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. One of Crowley’s favorite positions during his Africa stint was serving as a K-9 handler where he traveled internationally with his K-9s sitting in the adjacent seat on the airplane. After returning from Africa in 2009, Crowley provided long-term protection services for pop star Lady Gaga as her personal bodyguard and head of security and a shorter stint with Jay Z.
Most recently, Crowley was the Officer in Charge of the Liaison Mission for 5th Armor Brigade in Fort Bliss, TX where he managed, mentored, and led a team of twenty senior non-commissioned officers responsible for managing the operations and logistics of pre-deployment training requirements for troops deploying overseas.
After 11 years of military service, Crowley is being medically retired from the Army for injuries sustained during combat and training to his spine, shoulder, knees and hips.
During his military career, Crowley received numerous honors, including a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and four Army Commendation medals. He successfully completed Ranger School, Sniper School, Airborne School, the Marine Corps Scout Sniper Platoon Commander Course, among many others, and was an honorary board member of the Army Sniper Association, 2006–2007. Beyond the military, Kenny is also a graduate of James Williams’ System of Strategy and Low Light Pistol Course, Baden K-9 Tactical Course, Ballistic Edge Tactical Shooting Course, Ridgeback Africa Counter-Assault Driving Course and has been a practitioner of many martial arts from Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kun Do, Krav Maga and Nami Ryu.
Kenny is also a fundraising coordinator and mentor for the Young Marines Youth Outreach Program in Chicago, Illinois and a volunteer contributor to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Program in Colorado.
Kenny’s favorite hobbies are fly fishing, cooking, playing bass guitar and attending concerts of classic rock bands.
Director of Box Programming
Jamie is the resident LXTC box lacrosse pro who does a tremendous job teaching the indoor version of the game to our young players.
Jamie grew up in Edmonton Alberta where lacrosse is not a hotbed. He picked up a stick at 13, and immediately fell in love with the game. The physicality, athleticism, teamwork, and finesse that is involved in box lacrosse was an instant fit for his personality. Jamie was the top scorer in the junior ranks of Alberta, and gained attention by the powerhouse Burnaby Lakers Junior "A" program. He decided to move to Burnaby in 2005 and was honored to be a member of the Minto Cup Championship that season. He then got drafted straight out of junior to play 15 games with the defending champion Colorado Mammoth. Jamie played 6 seasons in the NLL and led the mammoth in scoring in 2009. He has been fortunate to be a mainstay in the Denver Elite box lacrosse program as a head coach at all ages, and is currently the offensive coach at Mullen High School.
He has played on the following teams:
Edmonton Miners, Burnaby Lakers, Colorado Mammoth, Minnesota Swarm, and Victoria Shamrocks.
Head Youth Box Lacrosse Coach
The addition to John Gallant to the LXTC family was an easy decision because his dedication to education and to the game of lacrosse distinguishes him as one of the premier coaches in the business.
Originally hailing from Ontario, Canada, John cut his teeth playing Junior Men’s Lacrosse for the storied Six Nations Arrows. With the Arrows John was a runner-up for the Minto Cup in 1998, and awarded the John “Gus” McCauley award as the top defender in Canadian Lacrosse Association Junior Men’s Lacrosse.
After graduating from Lake Superior State University in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in 2001, John was drafted by the Washington Power of the National Lacrosse League. When the Power moved to Denver in 2003 and became the Colorado Mammoth, John came with the team. Since then he has established himself as cornerstone of the franchise. John won an NLL championship with the Mammoth in 2006, was named an NLL All-Star in 2007, has served as team captain, and currently is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played and loose balls, as well as second all-time in penalty minutes.
In addition to his NLL career, John played in the WLA with the Victoria Shamrocks from 2003-2005, winning the Mann Cup twice, in 2003 and 2005. He was also a member of the gold medal winning Canadian team at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in 2007.
When he’s not on the lacrosse floor, John teaches 2nd grade in suburban Denver. He is married and has two young children of his own.