Camposa Promoted, Parks Joins Navy Men's Lacrosse Staff
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Rob Camposa, who spent the 2017 season as a volunteer assistant with the Navy men's lacrosse staff, has been promoted to a full-time assistant, while 2016 Towson graduate Spencer Parks will join the program as a volunteer assistant coach it was announced by seventh-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.
"I am very excited to announce both the promotion of Rob Camposa and the addition of Spencer Parks to our staff," said Sowell. "Promoting Rob to full-time assistant was any easy decision. In just a short year, he has established himself through his work ethic and passion for not just coaching lacrosse but for the Naval Academy. Rob's relationship and familiarity with our current players will only enhance what we are trying to accomplish this season."
Camposa spent the 2017 season mentoring rookie goalkeeper Ryan Kern who started all 14 contests in cage and became just the program's third freshman goalkeeper to start a season opener in its 110-year history. Kern, who spent the entire season nursing an injured foot, owned a 9.19 goals-against average and his 125 saves marked the most by a rookie keeper since Mickey Jarboe amassed 179 in 1997. He earned USILA National Defensive Player of the Week honors after anchoring a defensive stance that held arch rival Army without a goal for the final 18:32 of the contest while the Mids went on a 7-0 run to upset the Black Knights in the annual Star Game. Only the fourth Navy freshman goalkeeper to start an Army-Navy game, Kern produced a career-high 17 saves that included 10 stops on 15 shots in the fourth quarter. The 17 saves marked the best performance by a Navy goalkeeper in an Army-Navy game since Jarboe made 19 stops in the final game of his career in 2000.
A former goalkeeper under Sowell's guidance at Stony Brook, Camposa came to Navy from Rutgers where in 2016 he was part of a staff that saw the Scarlet Knights return to the national headlines a year ago. Rutgers finished the season with an 11-5 record that featured wins over nationally-ranked programs Johns Hopkins (twice) and Penn State, as well as Army West Point. The Scarlet Knights opened the 2016 season by winning their first five games and went on to claim victories in five of its seven contests heading into the Big Ten Tournament where they upset Johns Hopkins in the opening round, 14-12.
Goalkeeper Kris Alleyne, coached by Camposa, played a pivotal role in that tournament victory over the Blue Jays, making eight of his 14 saves in the second half. Alleyne, who posted a 51.7 save percentage and 9.91 goals-against average in 2016, was named to the North-South All-Star Game. He finished his career with 545 saves which stands fifth on Rutgers all-time saves leader board.
A native of Syosset, N.Y., Camposa saw action in 30 contests over his collegiate career (2007-11), making 22 starts (14-8) between the pipes for the Seawolves. As a senior, he made 129 saves, registered a 53.8 save percentage and owned an 8.25 goals-against average en route to garnering Second-Team All-America East honors. He started all 14 contests his senior season that saw the Seawolves post a 10-4 record and earn a spot in the America East Championship Game. Additionally, he earned America East All-Tournament Team mention. He closed out his career with 230 saves.
"I would like to thank Mr. Gladchuk and Coach Sowell for this opportunity," said Camposa. "It's an honor to work at such a special institution with its academic prestige and long, proud lacrosse history. I am excited to work with Coach Sowell and the rest of the coaching staff to accomplish our goals and consistently be a top-tier program."
A native of Fallston, Md. and product of St. Pauls School, Parks began his playing career at North Carolina before transferring to Towson in the fall of 2014. A starter at attack in 35 of the 36 games in which he played, he recorded 79 points on 45 goals and 34 assists in his two seasons at Towson. In his first season with the Tigers, he produced 31 points on 16 goals and 15 assists before closing out his career as the team's second-leading scorer (29-19=48) and guiding Towson to the 2016 NCAA Quarterfinals. He was responsible for four game-winners his senior campaign, including the final marker against Fairfield in the CAA Championship.
While finishing his degree, Parks served as a student assistant with Towson during the 2016 fall semester. After graduating in December, he joined the coaching staff at St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C. where he focused on the offense under head coach Wes Speaks. Not only did he coach numerous all-conference players, he helped guide the program to the WCAC title.
"Spencer was an outstanding player, who grew up surrounded by tremendous coaches including his dad," said Sowell. "We hope his experience on and off the field while at Towson will bring another perspective to our coaching staff and most importantly to the players. We could not be happier to welcome him to the Naval Academy and to Navy Lacrosse."
"I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to represent and coach at the United States Naval Academy," said Parks. "I would like to thank Coach Sowell for giving me the opportunity to join a program whose rich and storied tradition speaks for itself. I look forward to working with the dedicated staff and student-athletes that are a part of Navy lacrosse and the Naval Academy."
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