|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
Liam Gleason, a 2007 UAlbany graduate, enters his seventh season as the associate head men's lacrosse coach and defensive coordinator after he was appointed to Scott Marr's staff on October 5, 2011.
In his first six years, 21 UAlbany defensive players have earned all-conference honors, with another four players earning all-rookie honors in the America East. Gleason's defense helped UAlbany go undefeated in conference play in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, winning the school's fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth America East Tournament titles.
In 2017, the UAlbany defense held opponents to 9.5 goals per game, including the top man-down defense in Division I at 82% en route to a fifth straight perfect America East regular season and the program's third appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals in four years. Adam Osika, Troy Reh and Stone Sims all earned All-America honors plus were all America East All-Conference First Team, joining JD Colarusso and Erik Dluhy as all-conference players,
2016 saw the UAlbany defense allow 9.98 goals per game, including a league-best 9.40 goals per game in conference play, as Gleason's defense helped the Great Danes earn a fourth consecutive undefeated America East season. Blaze Riorden earned USILA Third Team All-America honors, after being selected as the America East Defensive Player of the Year, and became the program's all-time leader in saves in the Division I era. Riorden, Troy Reh and Stone Sims earned America East All-Conference First Team honors on defense, helping the Great Danes to the program's first-ever at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.
In the 2015 season, Gleason's defense earned the program's lowest goals allowed per game since 2008 with 10 goals allowed per game, the top scoring defense in the America East. UAlbany goalkeeper Blaze Riorden ranked first in the America East in goals allowed per game, save percentage and saves per game. Riorden and Eric Cantor earned First Team All-Conference honors while Stone Sims and Matt Bertrams were placed on the second team. The team earned the program's first-ever shutout over UMass Lowell and held seven opponents to eight goals or less.
In 2014, UAlbany's defense served as the backbone of the Great Danes run through conference play and the NCAA Tournament. The defense allowed 10 or less goals in wins over Harvard, UMass and Penn State and ran the table in the America East. After the defense allowed just 11 goals in the America East title game victory over UMBC, the unit held Loyola, the sixth-ranked offense in all of Division I, to just six goals en route to the school's second-ever NCAA Tournament victory. Goalkeeper Blaze Riorden and captain Doug Eich each earned All-America East First Team and America East All-Tournament team honors, while Cody Futia earned All-America East Second Team and America East All-Academic Team.
Gleason, a former UAlbany defenseman, played on the school's 2007 squad that won the America East Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. He previously was the head coach at the College of Saint Rose for one year.
From 2007-10, Gleason served as Siena College's defensive coordinator. The Saints won the 2009 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship and made their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Under Gleason's tutelage, the defense was ranked second nationally in goals against average (6.50 pg) and second in man-down situations with an .817 percentage. In 2010, Siena captured its second consecutive MAAC regular-season title and the defensive unit was among Division I's top five programs.
Gleason, who was also the head coach of the Capital District Lacrosse Club for a three-year period, made 28 appearances in his two-year UAlbany career after transferring from Division II Adelphi University. He was taken by Major League Lacrosse's New Jersey Pride in the fourth round of the 2007 supplemental draft with the 33rd selection.
A native of Wading River, N.Y., Gleason earned a B.A. in sociology with a minor in education. Gleason lives with his wife, the former Jaclyn Rosada, a UAlbany women's soccer standout from 2006-09, and their daughter, Kennedy.