LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 1/30/12
From Press Release
Stony Brook women’s lacrosse head coach Joe Spallina (Rocky Point) has been named the head coach of the Long Island Lizards men’s lacrosse team, a member of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the franchise announced Monday.
Coaching the Lizards will be in addition to his duties as the head coach at Stony Brook, and he will not miss any Seawolves practices or games. The MLL season runs from the end of April to the end of August.
“I am very excited to be able to lead the Long Island Lizards, a very proud and storied lacrosse franchise. Although my first priority is to be the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team at Stony Brook, I look forward to working with the Lizards to achieve great success in Major League Lacrosse.”
Spallina previously served as an assistant coach for the Lizards over the last two seasons. In 2010, he helped lead the Lizards to the MLL championship game.
Spallina will take over a Lizards team that has former Seawolves star Timmy Trenkle on the roster and just drafted current Seawolves seniors Kyle Moeller and Robbie Campbell.
Spallina is in his first season at Stony Brook and will have 13 returning letterwinners and 14 newcomers during the 2012 season, including four transfers from Adelphi, which he led to three consecutive NCAA Div. II national championships and had an overall 73-2 record. Spallina and the Seawolves will open the 2012 campaign against Colgate on Feb. 11.