Eric Miccio enters his second season as the Men’s Head Lacrosse Coach for the Mercyhurst North East Saints. The Saints went 0-12 in Miccio’s first season at the helm. It was the programs first season of competition in four seasons. The team made great strides and finished the year with three one goal game losses that could have went to either team. The season was not a failure but a starting point. The team brings back majority of its players back along with an exciting incoming freshman class. Miccio helped mentor two All-WNYAC players (Donavan Brown 1st Team & Jacob Norton 2nd Team) Guided an All-Region III Selection (Donavan Brown Honorable Mention) and an NJCAA Academic All-American (Jacob Norton)
Miccio was named the newest Men's Head Lacrosse Coach for the Mercyhurst North East Saints on February 1st, 2016. The Saints made the decision to reinstate the lacrosse program, after losing it in 2013. "Mercyhurst North East is excited to bring back our lacrosse program to our campus”; says Athletic Director Brian Dewey. “The game is fast, fun to watch, and energetic. We are even more excited to have found someone like Coach Miccio to lead our program. He is young, smart, and full of passion. He is the perfect fit to not only bring in a class for next year, but to lead those young men. Eric knows what it takes to not only succeed at the junior college level, but to move on to a higher level with that success. He will be an excellent example for our future lacrosse players"
Miccio brings nearly a decade of playing and coaching experience at the elite levels to the Saints. While in high school at West Genesee (NY), Miccio helped lead his team to a 2008 Class A State Championship. Miccio has also an award recipient for Section III Sportsmanship Award and the Bradly J Carr Award while in high school.
After graduating West Genesee HS, Miccio continued his playing career for the perennial national contender Onondaga Community College. Miccio won back-to-back NJCAA National Championships in 2009 and 2010 with the Onondaga Lazers. He was a team captain and 2 year NJCAA Academic All-American.
After OCC, he would continue his playing career at NCAA DIII SUNY Oswego where he would help lead his team to a successful two year run while also collecting accolades such as 2012 team captain and 2012 All-Conference. After graduating from Oswego, Miccio was hired as the Defensive & Recruiting Coordinator for the men's lacrosse team at Oswego. He also had a short stint as the Interim Head Coach for the Oswego Lakers.
“I would like to thank our Athletic Director Brian Dewey for affording my wife and I the opportunity to be part of the Mercyhurst North East community”; states Miccio. I would also like to thank Coach Martin, Coach Wilbur, and Coach Messere for their guidance and knowledge that I needed as a young person. I look forward to bringing an exciting brand of lacrosse while recruiting talented student-athletes to our program. We will be competing in the Spring of 2017 and our staff will work diligently to put a good product not only on the field but also in the classroom and the community"
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The Saints Lacrosse program has hired David Salter as a Defensive and Recruiting Coordinator. The Frederick, MD native won a state championship as a junior at Linganore High School in the state of Maryland. After, HS, David moved onto college and excelled at the Junior College level playing for Howard Community College for one season. David then moved onto NCAA Division II Belmont Abbey College where he was a two time captain and three year player for the Crusaders.
David recently graduated from Belmont Abbey with a degree in business management. Most recently, he competed in the Euro Games this summer for Team Latvia. He has played on the Latvian National Team for the past four years and also competed in the World Games in 2014 which were held in Denver, CO.
David will be working towards completing his masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercyhurst University. The Saints are extremely excited to welcome David to the staff. "David is a very enthusiastic coach and he really has a passion to play and teach the game," says head coach Eric Miccio