Tom Mariano Named Assistant Coach of Ohio Machine
from staff reports
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Less than a week after he was let go by Sacred Heart, men's lacrosse coach Tom Mariano has landed in Major League Lacrosse.
The Ohio Machine on Wednesday hired Mariano, who spent the last 17 seasons at Sacred Heart, to be an assistant coach under new head coach Bear Davis and alongside assistant coach Bill Wolford.
"Tom's extensive years of experience as a Division I coach and our history together make him an invaluable asset for our team and is a great addition to the Ohio Machine staff," Davis said in a press release. "I'm looking forward to getting out on the field this weekend with Tom and Bill to set a new foundation of how the rest of the year is going to go with the team."
Mariano helped transition Sacred Heart into a Division I program as part of the Colonial Athletic Conference and eventually the Northeast Conference. He was the 2013 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year.
"I am honored to have been asked to serve as an assistant coach for the Ohio Machine," Mariano said. "The opportunity to be associated with such a great organization and to work with the highest caliber lacrosse players is very exciting. I appreciate the opportunity the Machine and Bear Davis have offered me, and look forward to working with the players."
Before Mariano coached collegiately, he played at Nazareth College from 1992-95 as a long-stick midfielder and won an NCAA Division III championship in 1992.
Davis and Mariano will make their MLL coaching debuts Saturday when the Machine host the Boston Cannons on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.