Kyle Georgalas, a former first team All-Ivy League, honorable mention All-America selection and later five-year assistant coach at Cornell, joined Army’s lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in August 2011.
In his two short seasons at the Academy, Georgalas has proved to be a valuable asset to the coaching staff both on the field and the recruiting trail. He is primarily responsible for the Black Knights’ goalkeepers and has been in that role for mulitple seasons. He will assume the duties of offensive coordinator this season.
He has worked as the faceoff specialist coach in the past and Georgalas watched Derek Sipperly ‘12 garner second team All-Patriot League plaudits and the No. 2 spot on Army’s single-season face-off wins list with 171. Sipperly led the Patriot League and finished the year ranked 15th nationally with a 56.3 win percentage. More recently, Alex Daly enters his sophomore season as one of the league’s breakout stars in the “x” after a stellar rookie campaign. A first team All-Patriot League performer, Daly finished the season ranked 10th in the nation with a 58.6 face-off win percentage.
In addition to his specialist duties, Georgalas plays an integral role in helping shape the Black Knights’ offense, which averaged better than 10 goals per game since his arrival at West Point. He is also responsible for overseeing Army’s man-down unit.
Georgalas spent five years as an assistant coach at his alma mater Cornell. During his nine years with the Big Red as both a player and assistant coach, Cornell posted a 102-37 record, won outright or shared eight Ivy League titles and made three Final Four appearances. During his five years on the sidelines, he helped Cornell post at least 11 wins each season, including a 15-1 showing in 2007.
Georgalas tackled a bevy of responsibilities during his time as an assistant coach, broadening his skills in all areas. On the field, Georgalas was in charge of face-offs and substitutions, while assisting in all facets of the defensive unit. He also served as the staff’s recruiting coordinator.
As a player, Georgalas headed up the Big Red defense in 2005 and served as a team captain during his final two seasons During his senior season, Georgalas helped Cornell to an 11-3 overall record, completing its first perfect 6-0 Ivy League season and its first outright Ivy title since 1987. The 2005 squad then advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second-straight season where they fell to national runner-up Duke.
He was selected to compete for the North team in the 64th annual North-South Classic, and was drafted by the New Jersey Pride in the fifth round of the 2005 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft.
Georgalas’ father, Ted, has been a volunteer assistant coach on Army’s sidelines over the last five seasons. He and his wife, Dawn, reside in New Windsor, N.Y.