Mike Marich, Director of Athletics and Head Coach, Boys Varsity Lacrosse, has been named the Mike Fuller Head Coach of the Year by the Western New England Secondary School Lacrosse Association (WNESSLA) for 2019. The honor is selected by the coaches in the league.
“I am honored and humbled to earn the Mike Fuller Award this year. All of the credit goes to the student-athletes on the team and to our assistant coaches, Seth Low, and Matt Cox. We were blessed with a group of hardworking boys who played for each other and represented themselves and their school with class every day. I couldn’t be prouder of all that they have accomplished this year.”
This spring the boys varsity lacrosse team finished their season with a record of 14‒5. The team won the first playoff game in the Colonial Tournament against Canterbury, 9‒3, which clinched The Gunnery-Canterbury Cup for the school this year, and senior attackman Jared Rainville, who will attend and play Division III lacrosse at Connecticut College in the fall, was named U.S. Lacrosse All-American for the 2019 season.
Marich joined the Highlander coaching staff in 2013. A native of Long Island, New York, Marich played four years at defense for John Danowski at Hofstra University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has remained actively involved in the sport since graduation. He has coached boys at all levels for John Jay Youth Lacrosse in Westchester, New York, and for 3D NE South Lacrosse here in Connecticut.
Marich was named Director of Athletics in July 2016. That same year, he led the boys varsity lacrosse team to win the Colonial Tournament and capture the WNESSLA Division II title, and also was named the Mike Fuller Head Coach of the Year by WNESSLA.
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.