Following a highly successful inaugural season with Capital Men’s Lacrosse, Alan Rill has been on the Capital staff as an assistant coach for three seasons now.
Rill reunited with Capital Head Coach Dom Marzano after the duo coached together at Wilmington College from 2013 to 2016. In 2017, Cap was ranked inside the top-50 nationally in assists (132, 45th), assists per game (7.76, 42nd), caused turnovers per game (11.12, 21st), points per game (21.65, 33rd), and scoring offense (13.88, 23rd). The Crusaders’ special teams were ranked the highest in school history. They were ranked 11th in man-up offense (.460) and an astounding sixth in the country in man-down defense (.848).
All of those numbers culminated to Capital’s second trip to the OAC Tournament Championship. Cap tied its program record for most All-OAC first team selections in a single season (4) and three players were named all-region at season’s end. Coach Marzano was named OAC Co-Coach of the Year with Rill at his side.
In his second season with the Crusaders, the team again reached the OAC Tournament Championship and finished with a 9-7 overall record, 5-3 in the OAC. Six players received All-OAC awards while senior Brennan O’Callaghan was named the OAC Offensive Player of the Year and Second Team IMLCA All-West Region.
The Crusaders reached new heights as a program in 2019 as the team won 15 games in a row and finished with a 15-2 overall record. That mark included a 9-0 OAC record, the first 9-0 OAC season in program history and second undefeated OAC season in team history. Capital claimed the outright OAC regular season title for the second time in program history and first since 2015. The Crusaders broke program records left and right with the most points in a single season (208), most goals (254) most assists (154), most faceoff wins (275), highest faceoff winning percentage (.604) and most wins (15).
For the second time in three years, Dom Marzano was named the OAC Coach of the Year. A program-record 10 players received All-OAC laurels including four first-team selections. Senior goalkeeper T.J. Johnson was named Co-OAC Defensive Player of the Year and was an IMLCA All-West Team Honorable Mention pick. Junior attacker CJ Hughes set the program record for most points in a single season with 94 and freshman Jack Scharner was named the OAC Freshman/Rookie of the Year.
Before arriving at Capital, Rill served as a coach, referee, and promoter for US Lacrosse.
Though childhood friends, Rill and Marzano began coaching together at Wilmington College. In four seasons, the Fightin’ Quakers went 23-37 and eight players were named to the Academic All-OAC list. In 2016, Wilmington hosted four all-conference picks, including Wilmington’s only first team All-OAC selection, midfielder Jalen Jackson.
Rill has served on lacrosse coaching staffs at multiple high schools around the Columbus area, including Hilliard Davidson (2005-2007), Dublin Coffman (2009), and Hilliard Bradley (2010-2012). Rill, a former collegiate diver, also coached at Grandview Heights High School from 2006-10. In 2009, he was key in sending two divers to the state championships.
He began his collegiate experience at Ohio Wesleyan University and played with the Battling Bishops lacrosse team. In 2003, the Bishops ranked fourth in the nation and advanced to the Division III national tournament. He also competed on the OWU diving team in which he was an all-conference selection and set a school record in 2003.
Rill then went on to continue his education at Ohio Dominican University, where he earned a bachelor of arts in Sport Management while minoring in business administration (2007). He currently serves as a board member for the Hilliard Optimist Youth Lacrosse League. He is married to his wife, Jennifer, and the couple have two golden retrievers, Roxy and Rusty.