Men's Lacrosse Coaching Staff
Chris Gabrielli is in his sixth season on the staff and works primarily with the Blue Devils defensive unit.
Over the past four seasons, Gabrielli has helped the Blue Devils become one of the top defensive teams in the country.
Annually one of the stingiest defenses in Division I lacrosse, Duke was among the top 10 scoring defenses in 2007 and 2008, finished the 2009 ranked 18th in goals against average and was 17th in 2010.
In 2011, the Blue Devils allowed 9.1 goals per game, while starting a freshman and sophomore on close defense and a sophomore goaltender. Under the leadership of Gabrielli, Duke held teams to single digit scoring in 10 contests. Senior Tom Montelli earned USILA All-America third team recognition under Gabrielli's tutelage and ranked second in the ACC and 44th nationally in caused turnovers. Longstick midfielder CJ Costabile also picked up USILA All-America third team honors.
Under the watchful eye of Gabrielli in 2010, defensemen Parker McKee and Michael Manley garnered All-America recognition for their efforts. Manley was selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team after helping the Blue Devils to its first national title.
In 2009, with Gabrielli's help, McKee captured second team All-America recognition as Duke advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the third straight season.
In Gabrielli's second season, the Duke defense led the ACC and ranked eighth nationally by allowing 7.30 goals per game. He mentored three USILA All-Americas, including first team honoree and USILA National Defenseman of the Year Nick O'Hara. In 2007, the Blue Devils Gabrielli helped guide four Blue Devils to All-America awards.
Gabrielli spent the 2006 season as an assistant coach at Butler where he served as the recruiting coordinator while working primarily with the defense. Under his mentorship, three Butler defensemen earned All-GWLL honors.
Gabrielli was a member of the coaching staff at his alma mater, Massachusetts, from 2003-05, helping the Minutemen to a 33-13 overall record with two NCAA quarterfinal berths. Gabrielli was a member of the practice squad for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse during the 2004 season before being drafted again by the Cannons in the 2005 Supplemental Draft. In 2004, he co-founded the Mid-Summer Classic, a high school lacrosse tournament currently held on the UMass campus.
A four-year letterman as a defenseman at Massachusetts, Gabrielli picked up 127 ground balls and five assists in his career. As a senior in 2001, he captained the Minutemen to a 12-2 overall record and a share of the ECAC championship while earning second team all-conference and first team All-New England honors. A two-time winner of the Eric Sopracasa "Heart and Soul Award", an honor presented annually to the UMass player who displays the most leadership and dedication to the program, Gabrielli went to play in the 2001 North-South All-Star game and the MLL Major League Challenge.
A native of Farmingdale, N.Y., Gabrielli graduated from Massachusetts in 2001 with a degree in sport management. He resides in Durham with his wife Candice and their daughter Grace.