August 28, 2013

St. Joseph's (Maine) Tabs Berliau As Coach

from press release

STANDISH, Maine - Saint Joseph's College Athletic Director Brian Curtin has announced the hiring of David Beriau as head men's lacrosse coach.

Beriau, who hails from East Sandwich, Massachusetts, comes to Saint Joseph's after serving as a graduate assistant at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth for two years. As a member of the Corsairs' coaching staff, he helped the team post a two-year record of 20-11 with a pair of Little East Conference (LEC) appearances. Coach Beriau also played a hand in the program's first LEC Tournament victory in 10 years when the Corsairs defeated University of Southern Maine in the 2012 tourney.

Previously, Beriau served as an assistant at Colby College during the spring of 2011, when the Mules posted a 9-7 record and made an appearance in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament. Prior to his stint in Waterville, he was an assistant at Falmouth Academy, a small co-ed private school on Cape Cod, in 2010 and helped the team capture the Southeastern New England Independent Schools Athletic Association (SENEISAA) crown for the first time in eight years.

For the past year, Beriau has also worked as the Assistant Director at Cape Cod Lacrosse where he assisted in all operations of the organization, including teaching private lessons and group skills clinics.

"We are pleased to have Coach Beriau join our staff," adds Curtin. "Not only will he bring college coaching experience, but a strong focus on developing young men, and a passion for teaching the game of lacrosse."

Beriau played four years of collegiate lacrosse for Head Coach Preston Chapman at Elmira College in upstate New York. While playing numerous positions over his career, he tallied six goals and 19 assists with 83 ground balls in 52 contests. Beriau, a team co-captain as a senior, was the Soaring Eagles' representative on the Empire 8 Conference Sportsman of the Year Team and was also the Elmira men's lacrosse Teammate Award recipient in 2006.

"I would like to thank Brian Curtin and the rest of the search committee for selecting me for this role and I look forward to working with the rest of the Saint Joseph's community," says Beriau. "I would also like to thank all of the coaches that I have coached with and played for over my career, without their guidance and leadership, I would not have been qualified for this position."

Beriau earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Elmira in 2009 and is working towards completing his Master's in Business Administration from UMass.-Dartmouth.

Beriau takes the program's reigns from Mike Edgar, who stepped down earlier this summer after skippering the Royal Blue since the team's inception in 2008. Coach Edgar posted a 41-58 overall record with a 23-20 mark in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play and guided the Monks to five conference tournament berths during his time at the helm.

"I am excited and grateful for this opportunity to become the next head coach at Saint Joseph's College," adds Beriau. "Coach Edgar has built a great foundation and tradition at the College and I am looking forward to continuing this trend and look to maximize the program's fullest potential."


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