Joe Starsia–Lasagna Named Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach
Story Courtesy of the Colgate Athletic Communication Office
HAMILTON, NY (8/9/11) - Colgate men's lacrosse head coach, Mike Murphy has announced the hiring of Joe Starsia-Lasagna as an assistant coach. Starsia-Lasagna will serve as the team's defensive and recruiting coordinator.
"I am very excited to have Joe join our staff," stated Murphy. "He is a great young coach. I have known Joe for the past five years and have watched his career closely. He is very passionate about coaching and I know he will do a great job mentoring our defensive unit as well as our entire team. Joe was a great player at Lynchburg College and he comes from a great family of coaches. His dad is the coach at the University of Virginia and his uncle/god-father is the coach at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine."
Starsia-Lasagna joins the Raiders staff from Dickinson College, where he most recently served as an assistant coach. He helped lead the Red Devils to back-to-back historical seasons, posting a school record 17 wins in 2011. The team advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals before falling to eventual national champion Salisbury. Dickinson went a school best 15-3 in 2010, and went on to better that mark with the 17-2 campaign last spring. Under his guidance, the Devils did not miss a beat on defense.
Prior to coaching at Dickinson, Starsia-Lasagna was a standout defensemen and assistant coach at Lynchburg College. As a player, Starsia-Lasagna and the Hornets won two Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) titles and made three NCAA Tournament appearances. He graduated with a degree in sport management and a minor in English in 2006, and earned a master's of education from Lynchburg in 2008. He made the Dean's List in 2004, 2005 and 2006 while also garnering Academic All-ODAC honors each of those years. He was honored by his teammates with the David Zimmer Team Spirit Award in 2003, 2005 and 2006.
During his coaching tenure, Lynchburg advanced to the ODAC final twice, winning the championship in 2008 and finishing second in 2007. He was involved in all aspects of the program, which has a strong tradition in the sport of men's lacrosse.
Starsia-Lasagna brings a strong background and a wealth of experience to the Colgate coaching staff.