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The National Collegiate Box Series (NCBS) and the US Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA) are proud to announce the appointment of Capital University Head Coach, Dom Marzano, as the first commissioner of the recently established Ohio Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (OCBLL).
In addition to currently coaching the Columbus-based NCAA DIII lacrosse program, Marzano brings a wealth of experience from virtually all levels of the sport. The Hilliard, Ohio native has spent the last three years coaching box lacrosse with USBOXLA member Resolute Lacrosse. He also serves as the color commentator for the Lax Sports Network at all Ohio Machine home games, a Major League Lacrosse franchise he had previously helped coach, and one which captured its first Steinfled Cup this past summer.
When it comes to lacrosse in Ohio, few are as respected and connected to the community as Marzano.
“I am so honored and excited that those behind the OCBLL asked me to be involved with the league,” said Marzano, who will be working closely with OCBLL partners Ohio State University, Cleveland State University, and Resolute in his new role. “I think this league is going to provide players with a competitive playing environment that will ultimately make them better lacrosse players when they return to their collegiate programs in the fall. I think what’s happening here is extremely exciting and I’m thrilled to be involved.”
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The OCBLL is the second league that will be playing under the USBOXLA-sanctioned NCBS. Earlier this year, the Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (CCBLL) was formed through a unique partnership between the University of Denver, Warrior Lacrosse, and the National Lacrosse League’s Colorado Mammoth.
The CCBLL’s inaugural season concluded this past July, and Marzano, like many, was watching closely. “Playing in a pickup field lacrosse league for the summer is fine, but my guys at Capital want to play box, they want that professional environment to play in like they saw in Colorado last year,” said Marzano. “They want the live streaming, the stats, the jerseys, and most importantly, they want to play for a cup. The professionalism of the CCBLL in 2017 was outstanding. I want to help bring that to Ohio in 2018.”
Marzano will also work with the recently announced commissioner of the NCBS, Niko Blankenship, who himself served in an almost identical role with the CCBLL last year. “I’m excited that we are bringing Dom into this position in Ohio,” said Blankenship. “Having been in this operations role in the CCBLL in 2017, I’m looking forward to seeing what ideas other people can bring to the NCBS as a whole to continue to make our product better across the country. I’ll be relying on Dom to be my eyes and ears in Ohio, and I look forward to working with the entire Ohio team they are able to put together when we make our site visits in June.”
Part of that Ohio team will include Ohio State Head Coach Nick Myers, Cleveland State Head Coach Dylan Sheridan, Resolute Lacrosse Founder Greg Bice, and of course Marzano, who believes this forward-thinking approach to overall player development will benefit all of those involved. “I think it’s amazing that Coach Myers and Coach Sheridan have come together to make this happen,” said Marzano. “Having players from Ohio State, players from Cleveland State, my own players from Capital, and other players coming together this summer to play in the OCBLL, it will make our lacrosse community here so much stronger and more connected.”
The OCBLL will include four teams based in Columbus and an additional two teams in Cleveland. Similar to the CCBLL, the league will operate through June and July, complete with a player combine, draft, regular season, playoffs, and year-end awards. Team names, logos, schedules and other OCBLL information will be announced in coming weeks.
The day before the OCBLL was officially announced, Marzano says unknowing Capital players had approached him about spending their upcoming summer in Colorado to play in the CCBLL. “I told them to hang tight,” he said. “I want as many of my players, other players in Ohio, and like we saw in Colorado last year, collegiate lacrosse players from all over the country, competing in the OCBLL and having an unforgettable and difference-making experience. I can’t wait to get this thing started!”
For players interested in playing in the OCBLL, CCBLL, and other upcoming collegiate leagues, click or tap here to submit your name for consideration. An NCBS representative will contact you in coming weeks with more information. For NCBS media inquiries, please contact USBOXLA Marketing & Media Director Paul Tutka at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep watching usboxla.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates on new collegiate leagues and opportunities in 2018.