November 16, 2005

Jeff Shirk Named Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach

Nov. 16, 2005

Providence, Rhode Island - Jeff Shirk, a former assistant coach at the University of Maryland, has been named an assistant men's lacrosse coach at Brown in an announcement made by Bears' head coach Scott Nelson.

"We are extremely excited to have Jeff join our staff," said Nelson. "From high school to the present, he has played and coached in some of the finest lacrosse programs in the country. Jeff is a hard-working, organized and personable coach, and we look forward to him working with our student-athletes and joining the Brown community.

Shirk was an assistant coach at Maryland for the 2005 season, where he planned and implemented defensive schemes among other duties. He was the head coach at the Naval Academy Preparatory School from October 2001 to September 2004, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the lacrosse program. Shirk served as a student assistant coach at Maryland in 2001, during which he was responsible for the development of face-off men and assisted with defensive preparation.

A 2000 graduate of the University of Maryland where he lettered from 1997-2000, Shirk was known as one of the nation's most tenacious defenders. Known for his physical style of play, Shirk was named the nation's "Nastiest Hitter" by the Baltimore Sun.

Shirk played professionally in the National Lacrosse League for the Washington Power (2000) and the New York Saints (2002-03).

A native of Boonton Township, N.J. (Mountain Lakes HS), Shirk and his wife, Elizabeth plan to reside in the Providence area.