Stony Brook women’s lacrosse head coach Joe Spallina has been named the head coach of the Long Island Lizards men’s lacrosse team, a member of Major League Lacrosse (MLL).
Coaching the Lizards will be in addition to his duties as a coach at Stony Brook, and he will not miss any Seawolves practices or games since 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,” he said in a statement. “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.
In his first season at Stony Brook and will have 13 returning letter-winners 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.