Jon Paige | Assistant Coach | Offensive Coordinator
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – Lewis men's lacrosse coach Joe Perruzzi announced on Monday (July 8) that he's added Jon Paige to his coaching staff for the 2019-20 season. Paige comes to Lewis after spending the 2018-19 season as an Assistant Coach at NCAA Division I Mount St. Mary's University. He will serve as the team's offensive coordinator.
"I am excited to welcome Jon to our men's lacrosse program here at Lewis University," Perruzzi said. "Jon's Division I coaching experience and his elite playing career really stood out to me as we went through this process.
"Once we had an opportunity to connect about what I was looking for and my vision for the program, his enthusiasm for what we are building and his knowledge of the game assured me we were getting an outstanding coach and an even better person. Jon will be an asset to our program and I am looking forward to working alongside of him for years to come."
While at the Mount, Paige worked closely with the goalies, face-off unit, and scout team offense. During the 2019 season, Goalie Dylan Furnbeck ended the season as the 2019 Northeast Conference (NEC) Defensive Player of the Year and finished top 20 in NCAA Division I in Overall Save Percentage. Faceoff Midfielder Sam Stephen finished the season with a 52% winning percentage.
Before his time at the Mount, Paige had a one year stint as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Queens University of Charlotte. During the 2017-18 campaign, Paige worked closely with face-off specialist Drew Flack, who finished 17th in NCAA Division II with a .604 face-off win percentage. As a team, Queens placed 13th in the country in overall Face-off winning percentage.
In addition to his experience at Queens University, Paige also worked as the offensive coordinator/skill position coach with Team 91 Lacrosse Club in Baltimore, Md. Paige also currently works with Inner Circle Lacrosse as a face-off coach in Baltimore.
Paige excelled as a Face-off Midfielder at Queens University while leading his team to multiple Southern Athletic Conference Championship (SAC) appearances in 2016 & 2017. In his three seasons with the Royals, Paige was named to the SAC All-Conference team each year as well as earning All-Tournament Team honors. In his senior season, Paige totaled 163 ground balls, a team high. Paige led the Royals and the South Atlantic Conference in face-offs won (winning 242-of-341) and winning percentage (71%). He was also second in the nation in face-off winning percentage and ground balls per game (9.59). At the completion of the 2017 season, the face-off specialist was selected to compete in the USILA/Nike D1-D2 North South All-Star Game and named an Honorable Mention selection on the USILA/Nike DII All-American team.
Paige graduated from Queens with the best career face-off winning percentage in program history and went on to play professionally in Major League Lacrosse (MLL) for the Florida Launch and Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2018 and the Ohio Machine in 2019.
Paige graduated from Queens University of Charlotte with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2018.
Brendan Kearney | Assistant Coach
Brendan Kearney is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Lewis University men’s lacrosse program. Brendan will serve as the Goalie Coach and as a Defensive Assistant.
A graduate of Holy Cross College (IN) in 2017, Brendan was the starting goalie for 4 years. Over his college career, Brendan was a three-year captain, had a 64% save percentage, and led the Saints to an appearance in the 2014 GLLL Conference Championship.
Brendan joined the Lewis staff with experience working with youth and high school goalies, while also coaching local youth and high school clubs in the greater Chicagoland area.