Tuesday, February 9, 2016
With the recent addition of a new men’s head coach, Mercyhurst North East is on-the-hop for the return of lacrosse to the Saints sports line-up starting in spring 2017.
“The game is fast, fun to watch and energetic,” said MNE Athletic Director Brian Dewey, explaining the Saints recently 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,” Dewey said. “We are even more excited to have found someone like Coach Eric Miccio to lead our program.
“He is young, smart and full of passion… the perfect fit to not only bring in a class for next year, but to lead those young men.”
Coach Miccio brings nearly a decade of playing and coaching experience at elite levels to the Saints. While in high school at West Genesee, New York, he led his team to a 2008 Class A State Championship and received the Section III Sportsmanship Award and the Bradley J. Carr Award.
“Coach Miccio knows what it takes to not only succeed at the junior college level, but to move on to a higher level with that success,” added Dewey, noting that after graduating from West Genesee High School, Miccio continued his playing career for the perennial national contender Onondaga Community College, winning back-to-back NJCAA National Championships in 2009 and 2010 with the Onondaga Lazers where he was a team captain and two-year NJCAA Academic All-American. “He will be an excellent example for our future lacrosse players."
After OCC, Miccio 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 Coach and Recruiting Coach for the men's lacrosse team at Oswego. He also had a short stint as the Interim Head Coach for the Oswego Lakers.
“I look forward to bringing an exciting brand of lacrosse while recruiting talented student-athletes to our program,” Miccio said. “Our staff will work diligently to put a good product not only on the field but also in the classroom and the community.”