To do that, DeLuca said he has given every player a clean slate and chance to earn a spot on the team. He also added that this year’s freshman class has been “terrific so far,” and he has no set number or benchmark to reach as his own recruiting classes start rolling into Newark.
Rather, DeLuca’s concern is finding student-athletes for whom “consistency” on the field, in the classroom and in the community is paramount. And that’s where his coaching staff comes in. DeLuca wants the Blue Hens one of the CAA’s top programs. That requires excellence from top to bottom.
Matt Rewkowski, an assistant under DeLuca at Cornell, will be in charge of the offense. Noah Fossner, a standout goalie at Delaware who most recently worked with DeLuca at Harvard, will be in charge of the defense. And lastly, former Ohio State faceoff specialist Trey Wilkes will serve as a volunteer coach.
“I feel very fortunate to put together what I think is a tremendous staff of passionate, knowledgeable, character-driven men to help me lead this program,” DeLuca said.
And that sort of bigger-picture, relationship-based approach was something that Delaware athletic director Chrissi Rawak was drawn to when hiring DeLuca.
“What you all know is equally, if not more, important to me and this university is character,” Rawak said at a press conference announcing DeLuca’s hiring in May. “Ben is a man of incredibly high character. His commitment to pursuing excellence each and every day, his passion for the game of lacrosse and growing in all areas of his life is real.”