PHILADELPHIA - Todd Cavallaro, who spent the last five seasons as the top assistant coach for the Penn men’s lacrosse team, has been announced as the new head coach at Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, Pa.
With the appointment, he becomes the 15th coach in Franklin & Marshall’s modern men’s lacrosse history.
“We are fortunate to have landed one of the brightest young coaches in the game,” said F&M’s incoming Director of Athletics, Patricia S.W. Epps. “Todd’s wealth of experience in recruiting top-caliber lacrosse players in a highly competitive academic environment makes him a natural fit to carry the program forward.”
“I am thrilled to take over a program with such a tremendous academic reputation and athletic tradition,” said Cavallaro. “I am excited to get to work with the outstanding coaching staff already in place, and look forward to meeting with all of the guys to share my vision of the future of the program.
“That said, I have enjoyed the past five years at the University of Pennsylvania and have made several lifetime friendships,” he continued. “The guys on the team have had a tremendous impact on me as a coach, and I am looking forward to following their progress in the future. My wife Michelle, our six-week-old baby girl Avery Rose, and I will miss Penn and the lacrosse program, but we are looking forward to being a part of the Franklin & Marshall family.”
Working under head coach Brian Voelker, Cavallaro’s tenure as an assistant and offensive coordinator at Penn was certainly a success -- the Quakers advanced to the NCAA Championship first round in 2004 after a 17-year absence from postseason competition. The 2006 team also worked its way into the NCAA Championship field.
“I want to thank Todd for the time and effort he put into our program the last five years,” said Voelker. “A lot of the credit for the growth of our program goes to him. I hate to lose such a fine coach and a good friend, but this is a tremendous opportunity for Todd and his family. I wish him the best at F&M, and I know he will do a wonderful job there.”
At Franklin & Marshall, Cavallaro will set his sights on bringing the Diplomats an NCAA Division III championship. F&M won the 2002 ECAC Championship, and in 2003 the Dips finished the year 12-4 and ranked ninth in the country. Last season, Franklin & Marshall went 6-7 overall and 2-5 in the Centennial Conference.
A 1994 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Cavallaro was a four-year starter and two-year captain for the Blue Jays. He immediately jumped into the coaching ranks following graduation, spending four seasons on the sidelines as the head assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Washington College (Md.), where he helped the Shoremen to the 1996, 1997, and 1998 NCAA Division III Championship final.
“The Division III championship weekend is a tremendous experience not just for players and coaches, but for the alumni who tirelessly worked to create a winning tradition,” said Cavallaro. “I want all of the guys in a Diplomat jersey, and all of the guys who ever wore a Diplomat jersey to share in that experience.”
Following the 1998 season at Washington, Cavallaro was named the Offensive Coordinator at his alma mater. While coaching at Hopkins, the Jays advanced to the Final Four in 1999 and 2000. He also continued in his role of supervising the academic progress of the Hopkins' roster, a role he first assumed while coaching at Washington.
Following his stint at Johns Hopkins, Cavallaro moved on to the Atlantic Coast Conference, where he spent three seasons as the Head Assistant Coach and Offensive Coordinator at North Carolina before departing for Penn. In addition to his experiences in the collegiate ranks, Cavallaro has directed numerous lacrosse camps.
As a player, Cavallaro earned numerous awards including the Turnball Reynolds Award, given to the Johns Hopkins player who best exemplifies the spirit of team play, sportsmanship and leadership. In 1994, he earned the Sydney G. Erlanger Award, presented to the outstanding senior on Hopkins' lacrosse roster, and was named to the Division I South All-Star Team. His prowess on the lacrosse field landed him in the Corning-Painted Post Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2006, he was inducted into the New York Section IV Sports Hall of Fame.
Franklin & Marshall competes under the auspices of the NCAA Division III and the Centennial Conference. The Diplomats field 27 varsity sports teams. The lacrosse team will begin competition on the new North Campus Athletic Field, a lighted, state-of-the-industry facility, this coming season.