Marquette Athletics

Milwaukee, WI -- Marquette University has announced the hiring of Hofstra University Associate Head Lacrosse Coach Joe Amplo as the first men’s lacrosse head coach in Marquette men’s lacrosse program history. He will spend the 2011 season with the Pride and join Marquette in the summer with almost two years to assemble a coaching staff and build a roster.

Amplo will lead the men’s program and will go to Marquette with 12 years of collegiate coaching experience, 11 of which have come at his alma mater, Hofstra University. He is currently in his third year as associate head coach with the Pride, where he serves as the team’s defensive coordinator.

“I am extremely grateful to be chosen as the first head men’s lacrosse coach at Marquette University,” Amplo said. “I have dreamed about the opportunity to lead a Division I lacrosse program and after better understanding, and seeing first-hand, Marquette’s commitment to lacrosse, I realized quickly this was the perfect opportunity to pursue. I am blessed to have been mentored by some incredible people throughout my career, individuals who taught me to work hard, believe in myself, be accountable and always do the right thing. This decision was easy once I realized members of the Marquette community embody those same ideals. It truly is the perfect fit for me and my family.”

During his time at Hofstra, Amplo participated in 10 NCAA Championships, three as a student-athlete and seven as a coach, the most recent of which came in 2010. He joined the Hofstra coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 1999 and remained with the University until 2001 when he took an assistant coaching position at the University of Pennsylvania. After one year at Penn, Amplo returned to Long Island where he would remain to this day, currently under head coach Seth Tierney.

“While we are sorry to see Joe leave Hofstra at the end of this season, we are excited for his opportunity to become a head coach at an outstanding institution like Marquette University,” Hofstra head men’s lacrosse coach Seth Tierney said. “Joe has worked hard, both as a player and a coach, to reach this level and we are very happy for him. He brings the passion, intensity and knowledge to his position that will make him successful.”

Amplo’s career story from student-athlete to coach to husband and father impressed the search committee at Marquette. “Joe’s story of non-recruited walk-on to all-conference performer will serve as an inspiration to future Marquette men’s lacrosse student-athletes,” said Mike Broeker, Deputy Athletic Director and sport administrator for men’s lacrosse. “While better understanding his ideals and values, it became quite evident Joe was the ideal person to build our program. Those who know him best talked of an excellent lacrosse coach and skill developer, but more importantly characterized him as family man of great integrity; a selfless teammate who displayed tremendous work ethic and perseverance; and an educator committed to being more than just a coach to the young men in his program. We are so pleased to welcome Joe and his family to Marquette.”

Marquette also announced that former Notre Dame assistant coach and 2011 California assistant coach Meredith Simon Black will become the University’s first head women’s lacrosse coach with the same timetable as the men’s team.

“Joe Amplo and Meredith Simon Black are well-suited to be the first head coaches to lead our lacrosse programs at Marquette,” said Steve Cottingham, Marquette Athletic Director. “As up-and-coming coaches, we feel Joe and Meredith will give us every opportunity to be competitive on the national level in a short amount of time. Both are first-time head coaches, but are very accomplished and well respected in the lacrosse community. We expect all of our student-athletes to excel on the field and in the classroom, places where both Joe and Meredith have proven to be great leaders of young adults.”

The Marquette men’s and women’s teams will begin regular season competition in the spring of 2013 as an independent before joining the Big East Conference as full-time members in 2014.The men’s and women’s programs are the 15th and 16th varsity sports at Marquette and the first new sports since women’s soccer was added in 1993. Lacrosse is the first new men’s sport since men’s soccer was added to MU’s athletic offerings in 1964.