Date: November 27, 2001
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 463-8676
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W&L NAMES MIKE CERINO HEAD MEN'S LACROSSE COACH
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee athletic director Mike
Walsh has announced the appointment of Mike Cerino as head men's lacrosse
coach. Cerino comes to W&L after serving as the head boys lacrosse
coach at The Charlotte Latin School in North Carolina. He will begin his
duties the first week of December.
"It is with great enthusiasm that we introduce Mike
Cerino as the men's lacrosse coach at Washington and Lee University,"
said Walsh. "Mike is a seasoned coach who has experienced success
during his coaching career. His involvement in the sport of lacrosse is
at the highest level. Mike is known as an excellent teacher and motivator
and we look forward to having him direct the fortunes of our men's lacrosse
program. I know that he is eager to begin his work with our lacrosse players."
"Washington and Lee is one of those special college
lacrosse situations that I really want to be a part of," said Cerino.
"They have an excellent lacrosse tradition and Coach Stagnitta has
maintained the program at the top of Division III for over a decade. I'm
very pleased about taking the reins and adding another chapter to its
Cerino coached at Charlotte Latin for one year following
a tremendous 11-year run at Limestone College. He was hired at Limestone
in 1989 and founded the men's lacrosse program there in 1990. Cerino built
the Saints' lacrosse program from the ground up, posting an 80-55 overall
record and winning the 2000 NCAA Division II National Championship. In
addition, he guided Limestone to three Deep South Conference Championships
and coached 28 All-American players.
Twice Cerino earned the Jim "Ace" Adams National
Sportsmanship Award and he was named Street & Smith's College Lacrosse
USA's Division II Coach of the Year following the 2000 season. He also
earned the Deep South Conference Coach of the Year award following the
1994 and 1998 seasons.
Active in the sport, Cerino has served on the NCAA Men's
Lacrosse Championship Committee (1997-00), the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Rules
Committee (1997-00), the USILA Division II All-America Committee (1994-00)
and the USILA Division II Ranking Committee (1993-00).
Cerino holds a bachelor's degree from Pfeiffer University
(1988) and a master's degree from Gardner Webb University (1996).
Washington and Lee finished the 2001 season with a 14-1 overall record, 5-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Generals were ranked third in the final USILA Division III poll.
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