STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College Athletics Director Brian Curtin has announced that Bill Cosentino has been hired to fill the newly created full-time Head Men's Lacrosse coaching position.
Cosentino, the third coach in SJC men's lacrosse history, replaces David Beriau, who stepped down this summer after serving as the Monks' skipper for three years. A native of Levittown, N.Y., Cosentino has been heavily involved in the sport – as both a coach and a player – since graduating from Plymouth State University in 2005.
Cosentino comes to Saint Joseph's after having spent the last two seasons as the head coach at Daniel Webster College, where he guided the Eagles to a pair of New England Collegiate Conference Tournament appearances. The 2015 NECC Coach of the Year recipient led Daniel Webster to a program-best seven victories and boasted the largest men's lacrosse roster in team history last spring.
Prior to his stint at Daniel Webster, Cosentino served as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Keene State College. In two and a half years in Keene, he helped lead the Owls to a 24-10 overall record with a Little East Conference Championship – and subsequent NCAA Tournament berth – in 2014.
Previously, Cosentino served as the head coach of the boys lacrosse program at Merrimack High School and guided the program to its first winning season (10-6) in nearly 10 years. He also worked as a varsity assistant at Concord High School for four years and helped the team make a pair of NHIAA Final Four appearances.
"I would like to thank Director of Athletics Brian Curtin for providing me with such an incredible opportunity," adds Coach Cosentino. "It is clear that Saint Joseph's values the students and is invested in providing a great learning experience. I believe that, with our beautiful campus on Sebago Lake and the available resources, I can help the men's lacrosse program reach its full potential both in the classroom and on the field."
Cosentino was also the founder of New England Elite Lacrosse, a Nashua-based club program that originated in 2010 and merged with 4 Leaf Lacrosse in January. He currently serves as the High School Program Director for the organization.
Cosentino was a four-year starting defender for Plymouth State and went on to play two years for the Bay State Lacrosse Club, a member of the American Lacrosse League, before organizing the Warpigs Lacrosse Club in 2007.
"Coach Cosentino will bring a lot of experience, passion, and energy to our men's lacrosse program," adds Curtin. "This is an exciting next chapter for men's lacrosse and we are glad Coach Cosentino will lead the charge."
Coach Cosentino graduated Cum Laude from Plymouth State University in 2005 with a Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Studies and earned his Master's in Teaching/Social Studies from Rivier University in 2011. He taught at either the elementary or middle school levels for over 10 years before accepting the head coaching position at Daniel Webster.
A dynamic leader, Cosentino began working as a Leadership Coach at Velocity Performance in Nashua in 2014 and has delivered Leadership and Professional Training to students at numerous higher education institutions, including Dartmouth College, Brown University, RPI, WPI, Trinity College and Bryant University.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.