LOUDONVILLE — Throughout Thursday’s press conference introducing him as Siena College’s new men’s lacrosse head coach, Liam Gleason wore a big smile and struggled to contain his enthusiasm.
“It’s been a dream of mine to be a head coach for a long time,” said Gleason, who served as the University at Albany associate head coach for the last seven seasons.
There was a time, though, when Gleason was a head coach of a men’s lacrosse program inside the Capital Region.
But the 33-year-old didn’t quite fully live the dream that time around.
Fresh off three seasons as an assistant coach at Siena, Gleason was named the first head coach of The College of Saint Rose’s Division II men’s lacrosse program in April 2010.
“I actually never coached one practice or game at Saint Rose,” Gleason said through laughter.
Instead, Gleason spent a little more than a year building Saint Rose’s program from scratch, only to leave the Golden Knights in October 2011 for the job he just left at UAlbany — four months before Saint Rose played its program’s first game in February 2012.
In the end, besides a 0-0 record, Gleason’s contributions at Saint Rose ended up being recruiting the program’s initial roster, ordering equipment and uniforms, and putting together a schedule.
“And that’s not something I need to do here,” Gleason said of his new job at Siena. “That’s already in place.”
Emphatically, Gleason said he is positive his tenure as Siena’s head coach will last longer than his did at Saint Rose.
And it will include actually coaching practices and games.
“Yes, yes, yeah, yes, yes,” Gleason said. “Definitely will. Definitely. And I couldn’t be more excited.”