LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 1/29/12
Inside Lacrosse is reporting that Joe Spallina will be named the new coach of the Major League Lacrosse Long Island Lizards. Spallina also is the head women’s coach at Stony Brook.
Spallina would replace Jim Mule, who resigned in the offseason after the Expansion Draft. Spallina was an assistant under Mule for two years.
Spallina would take the reins for a Lizards program that is being re-tooled. The team traded popular Stephen Berger and Matt Danowski during the Expansion Draft, while bringing in Max Quinzani. Spallina’s brother, Brian Spallina is now with the Chesapeake Bayhawks, and Tim Goettelmann — an original Lizard — retired last week after a stellar career.
The Lizards made Cornell’s Rob Pannell the No. 1 overall pick of the MLL draft, and picked Sam Bradman (Salisbury), Tom Palasek (Syracuse), Kyle Moeller (Stony Brook), Charlie Streep (Bucknell) and Rob Campbell (Stony Brook). The Lizards also acquired Max Seibald from Denver.
Spallina (Rocky Point) is a lifelong resident of Long Island and was winner of three consecutive NCAA Division II national championships as the head coach of the Adelphi University women’s lacrosse program.
Spallina spent the last four seasons as the head coach at Adelphi, producing a dominant 73-2 (.973) record and an NCAA-record three consecutive Division II national championships, including in 2011 when his team defeated Limestone in the title game on its home field on May 22. The victory completed a perfect 20-0 season and was the team’s 26th consecutive win. Spallina’s Panthers were the wire-to-wire No. 1 ranked team in the nation according to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll.
Spallina has received numerous personal accolades for his coaching efforts on the women’s side. He is a three-time IWLCA National Coach of the Year (2009-11) and a three-time conference Coach of the Year (Northeast-10 in 2010 & ’11 and East Coast Conference in 2009). In 2011, he was named the Nassau County Sports Commission College Coach of the Year, and in 2009, he was the FieldTurf NCAA Division II Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year.
Prior to taking over at Adelphi, Spallina was the head coach of the girls lacrosse team at Rocky Point High School and led the squad to five Suffolk County finals, including three consecutive championships in his last three years, compiling an impressive 87-9 overall record. Spallina also coached the girls soccer team at Rocky Point.
Spallina is a 1996 graduate of Adelphi, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education. He was a four-year starter at midfielder on the men’s lacrosse team and helped lead the Panthers to a 38-14 record and two national championships in 1993 and ’95. He also lettered in men’s soccer for two years. Spallina is also a graduate of Rocky Point High School, where he was All-Conference in lacrosse and All-County in soccer.
Spallina, who also earned his Master of Arts in Health Studies from Stony Brook University in 2004, resides in Rocky Point, N.Y.