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Jon Torpey has led the High Point University men’s lacrosse team since its inception, having been named the program’s first head coach in 2010. Torpey brought in 19 players who spent the 2011-12 season training and practicing for the team’s first season of 2013. He and his staff added another 18 recruits for the fall of 2012.

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Torpey came to HPU after two seasons as associate head coach at Darmouth and five seasons at the University of Denver.

“Jon Torpey is an incredible coach who gives instant credibility to the High Point University men’s lacrosse program,” said HPU Athletic Director Craig Keilitz after Torpey was hired. “He has a proven record of on-field success as both a coach and player. Just as important, Jon really understands the off-field aspects of coaching, including recruiting high-character student-athletes who will excel athletically and academically and will represent HPU in a positive way on campus and in the community.”

Torpey has quickly built a reputation as one of the best young lacrosse coaches in the nation. He was still playing professional lacrosse when he was named assistant coach at Denver in July 2004. In 2006 when he was 28 years old, Torpey was named associate head coach at Denver, becoming the youngest Div. I coach in that position. At 32 years old, Torpey became one of the youngest head coaches in NCAA Div. I when he joined High Point University.

At Dartmouth, Torpey assisted in all aspects of the program, including recruiting all over the United States and Canada. He was responsible for monitoring educational progress and organizing successful fundraising efforts. As defensive coordinator, he coached the 2010 Big Green to the third-lowest goals against in the Ivy League and led the team to the second-best penalty-killing percentage in the league. The highlight of the season was holding No. 6 Cornell to six goals in an 8-6 win at Gillette Stadium. The Big Red eventually made it to the NCAA Final Four.

Torpey was a member of the University of Denver lacrosse staff from 2004-09, helping build the Pioneers’ program into a national contender in an area of the country that wasn’t typically known for lacrosse. In Torpey’s second season of 2006, he was instrumental in helping Denver to a 12-5 overall record and 5-0 league record, its first outright Great Western Lacrosse League title and its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. Torpey was elevated to associate head coach following that season.

Denver made its second NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008 and earned a No. 11 postseason national ranking, the best in team history. While Torpey was on staff, Denver posted a 47-32 overall record and a 17-8 Great Western Lacrosse League record.

Prior to Denver, Torpey coached three seasons at Goucher College and one at Denison University, both members of NCAA Div. III. He coached Goucher’s scoring defense from being unranked to No. 13 in the country in three seasons. He helped coach the 2001 Denison squad to the NCAA Div. III Final Four.

Torpey played collegiate lacrosse at Ohio State under head coach Joe Breschi, who is now the head coach at North Carolina. A defenseman, Torpey was a three-year captain and was named Street and Smith All-American as a senior. In his junior year, Torpey helped lead the Buckeyes to a 10-3 record, the team’s highest win total in over a decade, and its first-ever Great Western Lacrosse League title. He was a three-time Big Ten All-Academic selection, a four-year Scholar-Athlete Award winner and a finalist for the Big Ten Medal of Honor and the Corwin A. Fergus Award for athletic and academic achievement.

“I think High Point University has made an outstanding choice in hiring Jon Torpey,” said Breschi. “He is the first and only player I have coached who was a captain as a sophomore. It shows his leadership and ability to rally guys around him as well as his tenacity as a player. As a coach, he has gained the respect of the lacrosse community. He will do an amazing job to bring High Point University to the national level with his ability to coach and recruit and his knowledge of the game. I’m thrilled about this hire.”

As a professional player, Torpey was part of championship teams in both the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse. He played with the NLL’s Philadelphia Wings, Colorado Mammoth and Columbus Landsharks, winning a world title with the Mammoth in 2006. In the MLL, Torpey played for the Philadelphia Barrage team that won the championship in 2004 as well as the Denver Outlaws.

Torpey earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio State in 2000 and earned a master’s degree in education and sports administration from Goucher in 2003.

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For the Premium Members, the full podcast is laced with some interesting insights on how to run lacrosse practices… from stickwork to drills, and how Coach Torpey customizes his drills to areas of identified needs… we cover 4V4, Transition drills , 6V6, Riding and Clearing and his use of ‘Build Up’ Lacrosse Drills…

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