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June 14, 2014

Jean DePlacido column: Peabody duo looking to get lacrosse up and running in Oklahoma

Two former Peabody High and Mount Ida College teammates, Bryan Seaman and Kevin Mulvey, are working at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma getting a new lacrosse program started.

Seaman has been hired as the Cavaliers’ head coach, and Mulvey is his assistant. It’s a daunting task for the duo in an area of the country where lacrosse hasn’t caught on and college football is king.

“It’s an exciting project,” said Seaman, who majored in sports management and got a Bachelor’s degree in business administration. “This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while: be a head coach at the college level and start my own program.

“I like the idea that I’ll have total control of it, from the look of the team to the players picked. It’s a lot of fun getting a program off the ground, but there’s also a lot of pressure.”

Seaman said he’s hoping to get his team on the field by the spring of 2015; in a worse-case scenario, he’d redshirt some of the players they’re recruiting and push off starting until 2016. “Nobody wants to get a team ready to play next year more than I do,” he said.

The head coaching job at the only Catholic university in Oklahoma is a full-time job. Mulvey was recently hired to work in the admissions office in addition to assistant coaching.

“Oklahoma was a bit of a culture shock at first,” said Mulvey. “It’s a big change of scenery for us with a lot of flat land, and Shawnee is a small town. St. Gregory’s is one of the top 20 liberal arts schools in the country ... we’ll be the first varsity (lacrosse) program in Oklahoma. The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have club teams, and there aren’t a lot of high school teams to draw from around here.

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