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.@LehighLacrosse names Compitello as assistant coach

Monday, 18th June 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/18/18
From Press Release

Lehigh head men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Cassese announced the hiring of Tom Compitello as a full-time assistant coach on Monday. Compitello, who began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant during the Mountain Hawks’ back-to-back Patriot League Championship seasons in 2012 and 2013, was most recently on the Yale coaching staff.

Tom Compitello

In his seven years as a collegiate coach, Compitello has helped his teams to a championship in five years – four conference championships and the 2018 National Championship with Yale. Including his time as a player, Compitello’s teams have advanced to a conference championship game in eight of the last 10 years.

“I am thrilled to welcome back Tom Compitello to the Lehigh Lacrosse family,” said Cassese. “Tom is, and always has been, a winner. He has gained valuable coaching experience with four different Division I lacrosse programs over the last seven years. It is an absolute positive that he is familiar with Lehigh University, the athletics department and the student-athletes, but I also see incredible value in the fact that he has worked with three other head coaches and a variety of assistant coaches in his last five years in the profession.

“Tom was with us for some of the most memorable experiences in Lehigh Lacrosse history, and I am excited to get back to work with him, the rest of the coaching staff and the players to make more memories and more history next year and in the years to come.”

“I am extremely excited to be joining the Lehigh men’s lacrosse staff,” said Compitello. “When the opportunity came about to possibly come back and work alongside Coach Cassese, someone I consider a mentor and friend, I knew it was something that I could not pass up. Coach Cassese gave me my first opportunity in the coaching profession and for that, I am extremely grateful. To think that I am coming back to the place where I began my coaching career seven years ago is surreal. I am looking forward to meeting the guys on the roster and getting to work.”

Compitello replaces departed assistant coach Errol Wilson, who resigned earlier this summer to pursue other career opportunities. Compitello will coach on the offensive side of the field for the Mountain Hawks, while also serving as the goalie coach, something he has experience with during his time at Yale and also at Bryant, where he coached the program’s all-time leader in saves, Gunnar Waldt, who finished his incredible career as a USILA All-American in 2016.

Compitello began his career on the Mountain Hawk coaching staff for Lehigh’s first two Patriot League Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in program history. While at Lehigh, he served as the assistant offensive coordinator, assistant extra-man offense coordinator, and the substitution game coordinator. In 2012, Lehigh’s man-up unit was No. 1 in the nation (54.2 percent), something the Mountain Hawks also accomplished this past season – when they were the nation’s best unit at 63.4 percent. Lehigh’s offense exploded in the Patriot League Tournament, scoring a league tournament record 29 goals. The Mountain Hawks followed in 2013 by winning the Patriot League Regular Season and Tournament titles. In the end, Compitello helped coach three of the program’s top five point-getters in school history: Dan Taylor (second, 220), David DiMaria (third, 205) and Dante Fantoni (fifth, 177).

Compitello then transitioned to Sacred Heart where he led the Pioneers to a 4-2 NEC mark and No. 3 seed in the conference tournament in 2014, which still stands as program records for Northeast Conference wins and best finish (third place) in program history. Compitello acted as offensive and extra-man coordinator, as Sacred Heart finished third in the conference in goals per game (10.13) and tied for the most assists per contest (6.20).

Compitello moved onto Bryant University where he led the Bulldogs to NEC Tournament Titles and NCAA Tournament berths in two of his three seasons, serving as Bryant’s offensive coordinator, extra-man coordinator and goalie coach. In 2016, the Bulldogs finished 19th nationally in scoring offense (11.20 goals per game) as Bryant finished 10-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Compitello led the Bulldogs to NCAA Tournament berths in 2015 and 2017, which includes beating Monmouth in the 2017 NCAA Tournament before dropping a competitive 13-10 final at No. 1 Maryland.

Last season, Compitello served as an assistant coach at Yale, coordinating the nation’s No. 11 extra man unit, assisting with the nation’s No. 2 scoring offense and also mentoring the goaltenders on the way to the Bulldogs first-ever National Championship. Under his guidance, Jack Starr enjoyed a strong NCAA Tournament, making nine saves, allowing just five goals in the quarterfinals vs. Loyola, before combining for 16 stops in the semifinals and championship games. In the semifinals against Albany, Starr stopped five of the first seven shots sent his way to help the Bulldogs score the game’s first seven games.

“I would like to say thank you to Coach (Andy) Shay and the staff at Yale University for the incredible experience,” said Compitello. “Working alongside them every day was a privilege and something that I will always look back upon as I move forward in my career. I am extremely grateful for having had the opportunity to be a small piece of the team’s success last season.”

A 2011 graduate of Stony Brook, Compitello was an All-American and first team All-Conference attackman. He posted 146 career points (68 goals, 78 assists) and was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List as a senior. He was also the 28th overall selection in the 2011 Major League Lacrosse Draft. Compitello led Stony Brook to the 2010 America East Championship, including an NCAA Tournament win over Denver to reach the National Quarterfinals. Stony Brook also reached the America East finals in 2009 and 2011.

The Mountain Hawks finished the 2018 season with a 10-7 record, advancing to the Patriot League Championship Game for the fourth time in the last seven years and first time since 2014. Lehigh picked up a 10-9 overtime win over No. 11/13 Navy in the Patriot League Semifinals and were tied 5-5 at halftime of the title game, before falling to No. 6/8 Loyola.

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