HACKETTSTOWN (Warren County, N.J)., Dec. 3, 2018—Joe Lodato has been named the Centenary University men’s lacrosse head coach by Travis Spencer, Centenary’s Director of Athletics. He brings a familiarity with the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) to Hackettstown, spending the last two seasons as the head coach at Keystone College. “We are very happy to have Joe as the leader of this program,” said Spencer. “He has established himself as a high-quality coach at the Division III level and I feel that he can elevate this program in the years to come. He will bring great energy, knowledge, and work ethic to the program, so we are ready to play in a very competitive CSAC sport.”
Lodato becomes the fourth head coach in program history for the Cyclones. “I’m honored to continue to build on the foundation and tradition here at Centenary University,” said Lodato. “I’m also very excited to get to work to bring the men’s lacrosse program to new heights.”
At Keystone, Lodato was responsible for all aspects of the men’s lacrosse program, from budgeting to recruiting, practice planning, scheduling, and game days. He created program curricula for practice plans, offensive and defensive strategies, and skills training. Lodato coached the program’s first All-CSAC player and had 13 CSAC All-Academic selections. He also scheduled campus visits for prospective student-athletes and worked open house and various admissions events.
In addition to his work on the lacrosse field, Lodato served as the game management coordinator at Keystone. In that role, he was responsible for proper staffing at all home athletic events and handled miscellaneous projects including renovations to the weight room, athletics training room, and athletic fields.
Prior to his time at Keystone, Lodato was the head men’s lacrosse coach and the facilities, operations, and events assistant at Northampton Community College. In that role, he handled budgeting, recruiting, practice planning, scheduling, and more for the lacrosse program. Lodato created practice plans, as well as offensive and defensive strategy plans, and scheduled on campus visits for recruits. He was also responsible for maintaining the athletic facilities and was the game manager at home events.
Lodato earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education history from Misericordia University in 2011. There, he was a four-year captain on the men’s lacrosse team and earned a spot on the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) All-Sportsmanship team his senior season. He also served two years as the team’s representative for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Right after graduation, Lodato served as an assistant lacrosse coach at Holmdel High School, where he was the defensive coordinator and instructed the face-off players on techniques and skill development.
Lodato broke into the collegiate coaching ranks when he returned to his alma mater in 2013 to serve as an assistant coach for the men’s lacrosse program at Misericordia. He spent two years there as a recruiter, and helped to design workout and custom nutrition plans for the student-athletes. He recruited prospective student-athletes and developed a proficient knowledge of coaching guidelines. Lodato worked with five MAC All-Freedom players and two MAC All-Academic players.