GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Mike Mooney announced that Nick Fiorentino has been named the head coach for the Knights' men's lacrosse team. No stranger to success, Fiorentino brings a resume that includes extensive experience working with some of the winningest coaches and programs in the country.
"I could not be more excited to represent Geneseo as its next men's lacrosse coach. This has been a dream of mine for many years and it is now a reality. I want to thank Mr. Mooney, (Vice President for Student and Campus Life) Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, and the rest of the Geneseo community for this amazing opportunity.
"I am grateful for the opportunities I was given to work with some men who provided me with invaluable experiences that helped shape the coach and person that I am and the mentor that I hope to be, including Jim Berkman (Salisbury), Steve Beville (Cortland), Mike Plantholt (Ohio Wesleyan) and Jake Coon (RIT)."
Fiorentino comes to Geneseo after most recently serving as an assistant coach at Rochester Institute of Technology where he was the recruiting coordinator and defensive assistant for the Tigers. He also was the Chief Operating Officer for the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Rochester Rattlers, with responsibilities that included working with sponsorship sales, public relations, marketing, game day operations and ticket sales during the 2016 season.
Prior to his time in Rochester, Fiorentino served as the head assistant coach at Cortland, helping lead the Red Dragons to a pair of State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championships as well as two NCAA Division III Tournament Quarterfinal appearances. Serving as the team's defensive coordinator, he oversaw a unit in 2014 that led the SUNYAC in scoring defense and finished among the national leaders in several other categories en route to a 17-4 record. Shifting over to offensive coordinator a season later, he was part of a 16-5 campaign as eight players brought home a total of 12 All-America certificates during his time in Cortland.
Fiorentino spent three seasons as associate head coach at Ohio Wesleyan from 2010-13. Overseeing recruiting and academic advising efforts for the program, he also guided the Battling Bishops' offensive efforts during a run of three-consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearances as well as the inaugural North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Championship in 2013.
Fiorentino's first coaching experience came at Salisbury (Md.) under Berkman, who is the NCAA's all-time leader in men's lacrosse victories. The Sea Gulls played their way to a 21-2 record in 2010, including a national runner-up showing in the NCAA Tournament after compiling a 16-4 mark during a 2009 season that culminated in the NCAA Quarterfinals. He was additionally an assistant coach for the field hockey team that won the 2009 Division III National Championship.
A 2008 Salisbury graduate, Fiorentino was appointed to Berkman's staff after three seasons as a player on the squad. Primarily a back-up goalie, Fiorentino's playing career was highlighted by back-to-back starts after being pressed into service to finish Salisbury's run to the 2008 NCAA Division III National Championship. He was credited with eight saves in an 11-10 double-overtime victory opposite Gettysburg in the tournament semifinals before notching 14 stops in a 19-13 win over Cortland to clinch the program's second-consecutive title and an unblemished 22-0 season.
Following the season, Berkman established the Fiorentino "Ever Ready" Award that has since been handed out annually to a player in the program who "overcomes adversity and makes the most of the opportunity they are presented with."
After earning a bachelor's degree in physical education, Fiorentino went on to complete a Master's in post-secondary education at his alma mater. A native of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Fiorentino currently resides in Rochester.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT NICK FIORENTINO
Jim Berkman – Head Coach, Salisbury University
Nick brings a tremendous amount of experience from some of the top Division III programs in the country. He is a tireless recruiter who has recruited on a national level. He brings coaching experience on both sides of the ball and is an expert in goalie training. Couple these things with his energetic personality and people skills, Geneseo has made a great hire!
Mike Murphy – Head Coach, Colgate University
I am excited to see one of the genuine good people in our sport get a chance to be a head coach. I think Geneseo's hire of Nick Fiorentino is fantastic – he is a great teacher of the game and his enthusiasm for coaching and mentoring young people is apparent from the minute you meet him. Nick will do a great job of leading the Knights on and off the field.
Jake Coon – Head Coach, Rochester Institute of Technology
Nick is an excellent young coach with a tremendous amount of passion for the sport of lacrosse and coaching young men. He brings a ton of energy to work on a daily basis, which makes him a natural leader to those he surrounds himself with! He also has a creative mind and expertise of the game that is impressive for a young coach. You will not meet a more personable and genuine guy, which will translate very well for recruiting new student-athletes to Geneseo.
Steve Beville – Head Coach, SUNY Cortland
Geneseo has made a great hire with Nick Fiorentino. He has worked hard for this opportunity and will certainly continue with that work ethic as a Knight.