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After a two-year hiatus, men’s lacrosse is being reinstated as a sport at Ancilla College. Dino Vitale has been chosen to lead the program and brings a wide-range of coaching experience to the position.
He was the head coach of the Purdue University Club team for two seasons and spent the 2018-19 school year as an assistant coach at Hanover College. There he was the recruiting coordinator and defensive coach.
“Dino’s ties to lacrosse in the state of Indiana and beyond were key for us in finding a lacrosse coach,” Athletic Director Brian Pearison said. “He has already gotten applications coming in for kids wanting to play lacrosse.”
Vitale, a native of the east coast, was the head coach of Be’er Sheva Lacrosse for the last two year and led them to the 2017 Israel National Championship. Be’er Sheva is a professional lacrosse team that competes in the Israel Premiere Lacrosse League. He is also an evaluator for the Israel Men’s National Lacrosse team.
“I am excited to re-start this program and give lacrosse players a place to become better student athletes,” Vitale said. “A program of this type is essential for the growth of lacrosse in the Midwest.”
Currently living just outside of Kokomo, Vitale has been the offensive coordinator for Lawrence North High School team this spring and is a volunteer head coach for Indy Rip Wheelchair Lacrosse program, and that team won the 2018 Midwest Regional. Wheelchair Lacrosse is an adaptive sport for people of all of all abilities.
Vitale played collegiately at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. He led the nation in save percentage and goals against average and was the nation’s fourth ranked goalie in NCAA Division III as a college senior. He was a two-time Conference Player-of-the-Year, Rookie of the Year, Defensive MVP and he won an academic award for his GPA.