PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s James H. Greene, Jr. Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse, Mike Murphy, has announced some changes to his coaching staff for the 2015-16 season.
For second-year assistant coaches Patrick Myers and Jim Stagnitta, the changes are primarily titular. Myers has already been announced as Associate Head Coach, and will continue to serve as the Quakers’ offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. Stagnitta, meanwhile, becomes the Red and Blue’s defensive coordinator.
“I am very excited about the new look of our staff,” said Murphy, who enters his seventh season overseeing the Quakers program. “First, Coach Stagnitta becoming our defensive coordinator will improve our team as Jim has a wealth of experience and everywhere he has been his teams have played very good defense. He will be able to dedicate the time to the development and coordination of our defense that we haven't had previously.”
Mike Bartomioli, who was the Director of Lacrosse Operations for the men’s and women’s programs last year, has moved into an assistant coaching position with the men. A 2010 University of Michigan graduate, Bartomioli arrived at Penn after spending the 2014 season at his alma mater as the Wolverines’ video coordinator. Prior to that, he worked with No Limit and Maverik Lacrosse. Bartomioli began his collegiate playing career at Providence College, but moved to Michigan for his final two seasons and played on two Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) championship teams. A two-time All-CCLA selection, Bartomioli was a team captain his senior year.
“Coach Bartomioli will now be able to get onto the field and take advantage of the strong relationships he forged with the players in his operations role,” said Murphy. “He will work primarily with our face-off men and goalies.”
The final move involves Casey Ikeda, who steps into Bartomioli’s role as Director of Lacrosse Operations. Ikeda -- who hails from nearby Berwyn, Pa. -- recently graduated from the University of Maryland, where as a senior he was a USILA first-team All-America and Scholar All-America as well as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. A member of four Final Four teams with the Terps, Ikeda ended his career with 50 consecutive starts and a was a team captain last year.
“We are very excited to welcome Casey Ikeda to Penn,” said Murphy. “His playing career and his programmatic experiences will enhance the way we go about things. Casey's maturity, passion and professionalism will bring a lot to our program, and we are excited to have him join us.”