Cometti Named New Head Coach at St. Rose
from press release
ALBANY, N.Y. – The College of Saint Rose announced today that Mark Cometti has been named its head men's lacrosse coach. He will direct all phases of the NCAA Division II program that just completed its second season of intercollegiate competition, first as an official member of the Northeast-10 Conference.
"We are confident that Mark is the perfect fit as head coach of the Saint Rose men's lacrosse program. He impressed us with his organizational abilities, his passion for the game, his ability to build relationships with recruits and team members, and his commitment to setting a high standard of achievement in the classroom and on the field," said Cathy Haker, Director of Athletics and Recreation. "His knowledge base began as a player for the legendary coach Mike Messere at West Genesee High School and continued as a player at the University at Albany, and as an assistant coach at Saint Rose and at Siena."
Cometti spent two seasons at Siena after devoting two years to Saint Rose where he helped create the program from the ground up. Cometti served as an assistant coach for the Golden Knights and took over the head coaching responsibilities on an interim basis during the summer of 2011.
Cometti was previously a two-time co-captain for the Great Danes, which captured the 2007 America East Championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Cometti earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from UAlbany in 2010.
This past year, Cometti helped Siena reach the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship game while serving as the offensive coordinator. The Saints also chalked up their first ever victory against a top-10 team and wound up third nationally among NCAA Division I institutions in man-up offense and 17th in overall offense. He also monitored the academic progress for the program's 45 student-athletes and was engaged in all phases of recruiting.
In 2011, Siena captured the MAAC championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament with Cometti working as the goalie and faceoff coordinator, and assistant offensive coordinator. Siena finished eighth nationally in team offense while the squad's goalie was fifth in save percentage and eighth in saves per-game.
Throughout his previous tenure at Saint Rose, Cometti helped execute a comprehensive one year plan in 2010-11 for the Golden Knights inaugural season in 2012. His efforts resulted in the recruitment of 32 outstanding student-athletes that strung together a 7-6 mark throughout their first year of competition while playing the toughest strength of schedule index in all of NCAA Division II.
Cometti has additionally been involved with several youth lacrosse programs. He has served as the head coach for the XL Lacrosse Club and as an instructor for the West Genesee Lacrosse Summer Program. He has also worked as a director for the Siena Youth Lacrosse Clinics and the 518 Lacrosse Club.
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