By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/18/10
Martin Mullen, who guided the Immaculata University men’s lacrosse team to its first playoff berth and winning season in his first year as head coach, has resigned for personal business reasons.
Mullen (Downingtown High School graduate) led the Mighty Macs – in their fourth season of NCAA play – to a 9-6 record in 2010. Immaculata earned the fourth seed in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) and then fell to eventual champion Cabrini, 26-3, in the first round of the playoffs.
In their first three years, the Mighty Macs had won seven games.
Mullen said he told the team Friday evening. He noted that he had high expectations for the 2011 season and was looking forward to coaching the Mighty Macs in the upcoming Nick Colleluori Classic Oct. 10 at Ridley High.
“It was a great experience,” Mullen said. “It was great turning the program around. I will really miss them.”
Under Mullen, Immaculata freshman midfielder Ben Tuscai captured the CSAC Rookie of the Year award and five Mighty Macs earned all-league status. John Cacchio, Dante Tuscai, Tom Hartney and Andrew Sim all joined Ben Tuscai on the honorable mention team.
In 2011, the Mighty Macs open the season on Feb. 23 at Franklin & Marshall. Immaculata then opens the home portion of the slate on Wednesday, March 9 against Penn State Abington.
Mullen, a former assistant at Bishop Shanahan, served as an assistant coach to Bob Bush during the program’s first three seasons.
Mullen has served as a coach with the Black Bear Lacrosse Club and was head coach of the Falcons Lacrosse Club. Mullen earned All-Chest-Mont honors as a midfielder at Downingtown. He later went on to play at St. Joseph’s University and West Chester University (club).