Casey D'Annolfo Tufts Head Coach/Clinic Director
In his first year with the team last spring, D'Annolfo guided the Jumbos to a school-record 11 straight wins to open the 2017 season. The program earned its 10th NCAA berth overall and ninth in a row, advancing to the "Sweet 16." Tufts' seven New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association all-stars were the most in the region last year. Jumbos Ben Connelly and Danny Murphy were selected as United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-Americans and Tyler Olney won College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America honors.
D'Annolfo, who replaced Mike Daly as the Jumbos' head coach, revitalized the men's lacrosse program at the Taft School during nine seasons as head coach. When he was hired at Taft in 2007, the Rhinos were at the bottom of the Founders League. Playing in one of the most competitive lacrosse conferences in the nation - including teams such as Deerfield, Salisbury, Hotchkiss, Westminster and Choate - Taft won the Founders League championship under D'Annolfo's guidance in 2016. He also established Taft as a nationally-ranked program. The Rhinos were #802 in the USA Today national high school poll for 2007, but by 2014 he had the team ranked in top 20. Taft was #18 in USA Today's rankings for the spring 2016. The 2016 team also broke the school record for goals in a season (287).
Eight Taft players earned All-American honors during D'Annolfo's tenure, three received Western New England Player of the Year awards and three more were named Under Armour All-Americans. He helped more than 70 student-athletes move on to play college lacrosse at the Division I, II and III levels. Taft 2016 All-American Michael Kraus broke the school's single-season goals record with 57 and is currently playing at Virginia, where he was a USILA All-American and ACC Rookie of the Year in 2017.
From West Hartford, Connecticut originally, D'Annolfo was a three-sport letterman in football, lacrosse, and basketball at Tufts from 2002-06. He played quarterback for the Jumbos and was a four-year contributor in lacrosse. He is as the only athlete in Jumbo history to throw a touchdown pass in football, score a goal in lacrosse, and make a field goal in basketball during his Tufts career.
John Uppgren Tufts Assistant Coach/Assistant Director
The 2016 graduate won two NCAA championships and four NESCAC championships in his four years at Tufts. Coach Uppgren received the 2016 Iroqouis National Award for DIII Player of the Year, and the 2016 LT. Col. Jack Turnbull Award for Attackman of the Year. The 2016 NESCAC Player of the Year was a three-time First Team All-American and graduated as the school record holder for career points (418). The Minnesota native was drafted by the Boston Cannons in the 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft, and he appeared in two games in 2016 recording 5 points on 3 goals and 2 assists. Coach Uppgren currently serves as Tufts’ Co-Directors of Recruitment and works with the team’s attack men.
Jon Sax Tufts Assistant Coach/Assistant Director
The 2016 graduate won two National Championships as a defenseman at Tufts and four NESCAC championships. Coach Sax grew up in Philadelphia graduating from St. Joeseph's Prep and attending The Lawrenceville School for a post graduate year. He earned a B.S. in Psychology and has a keen interest in the field of applied sports psychology. Currently, Coach Sax is the team’s Defensive Coordinator and serves as Tufts’ Co-Directors of Recruitment. Coach Sax's defensive philosophy is based on trust, communication, and physicality.