Kingswood Oxford has named Brett Garber as its new varsity boys’ lacrosse head coach.
Garber comes to Kingswood Oxford after spending the last three seasons as a varsity assistant coach at Hall High School in West Hartford. Garber helped lead the Warriors to their best record in 30 years in 2018 as well as their first playoff win in 20 years.
“I am excited to lead the KO program and look at it as an opportunity to continue to develop the Wyverns as a highly competitive prep school program in New England,” Garber said. “We will accomplish that by learning and executing the player and team fundamentals necessary to compete at a high level. The school is in a great area, and there is a lot of history in the lacrosse program, which the athletic department and school fully support.”
“We are thrilled to have Brett on board. He has a wealth of knowledge and talent with many connections in the lacrosse community,” Kingswood Oxford Athletic Director Debbie Fiske said. “His ability to relate to and coach kids beyond their own expectations with a positive delivery make him a great get for the lacrosse program. I am confident Brett will do a tremendous job leading KO lacrosse in an upward trajectory.”
The Wyverns are getting a coach with experience not only as a player but as a coach, too. Moreover, Garber hails from a family that lives and breathes lacrosse. Garber grew up locally and played for his father, Ted Garber, the lacrosse coach at Avon Old Farms. From there, Garber went on to play for the University of Massachusetts Minutemen, where his family’s legacy can be seen all over the program’s history.
Brett’s grandfather, Richard Garber, started the UMass lacrosse program in 1955 and coached in Amherst until 1990. Ted took over the UMass program, and Brett helped lead the Minutemen to the 2006 national title game as a junior against the University of Virginia.
After finishing his stellar collegiate career, Brett played eight seasons in Major League Lacrosse before starting the coaching phase of his lacrosse career. He was a volunteer assistant coach at Connecticut College, assisted in coaching the past three years at Hall and was recently named Assistant Coach of the Year. Additionally, Garber runs his own lacrosse camps alongside his father.
“KO offers a unique opportunity to build something and that was appealing,” Garber said. “Prep school lacrosse is very tough, but KO is a great school, and it is exciting to be able to join the program.”
Garber will not only bring a wealth of experience from his standout playing and coaching career, but he also wants to get his team to buy into the total team experience.
“I want to bring core values to the kids and team, life lessons that will carry over for them at college and the next level of their careers,” Garber said. "I want the kids to be able to learn what is necessary to build a team and make that team successful. I think that’s what athletics are all about, those principals and core values that help you in whatever you do or face in life down the road.”
Garber replaces Mark Conklin, who coached the Wyverns for three seasons.