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Head Coach Mike Corrado Welcomes 11 Newcomers for the 2013-14 Academic Year
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Games Slated for Friday, May 24th
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The 2014-15 season marks Mike Corrado's 9th year as the Head Coach at Villanova and his 20th overall with the program. Corrado was appointed head coach during the summer of 2006 after being named associate head coach one year earlier.
The 2013, 2010 and 2009 BIG EAST and CAA Coach of the Year has led the Wildcats to unprecedented success in recent seasons. During the past five years, Corrado has garnered a .545 overall winning percentage while posting a .633 mark in conference contests. His career record currently stands at 65-58 following the conclusion of the 2014 campaign while posting a 42-35 record over last five years.
In 2014, Corrado's Wildcats advanced to the BIG EAST Tournament championship contest for the second-straight season where they narrowly fell to the Denver Pioneers for the NCAA automatic tournament bid. In 2013, Corrado solidified the Wildcats place amongst the nation's elite after earning the BIG EAST Regular Season Title and securing the No. 1 overall seed for the BIG EAST Tournament. Villanova advanced to the championship contest before falling to the eventual NCAA runner-up Syracuse, 13-9, in Villanova, Pa. and finished the year with a 7-8 record. Prior to the start of the BIG EAST Championship tournament, Corrado earned conference Coach of the Year accolades for the third time in five seasons and was also chosen to coach in the prestigious USILA North/South All-Star game, where he led the South squad to a convincing 16-10 victory over the North.
Corrado led the Wildcats to an 8-7 overall record in 2012 after playing the third toughest schedule in the nation, including games against nine ranked opponents throughout the course of the season. Villanova secured the No. 2 seed in the inaugural BIG EAST Championship after finishing the regular season with a 4-2 conference record, but fell to No. 3 seeded Syracuse in the semi-finals. The Wildcats were ranked well inside the top-20 for all 16 weeks of the regular season and were regarded as one of the top teams in the nation.
2011 proved to be another historic season under Corrado's direction. After guiding the team to an 11-5 overall record and going 3-3 in the highly-competitive BIG EAST Conference, Villanova earned their first-ever at-large berth to the 2011 NCAA postseason after successfully navigating one of the toughest regular-season schedules in the nation. Traveling to the University of Denver in what would be the first NCAA tournament game to be played west of the Mississippi, the Wildcats narrowly fell to the Pioneeres, 13-10, on Denver's home turf. Despite the loss, 2011 saw Villanova reach their highest ranking in program history at No. 7 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse and USILA polls while being ranked well inside the top-20 for 14 weeks during the season.
In 2010, Corrado guided Villanova to a 10-5 overall and 4-2 conference record in the inaugural season of BIG EAST men's lacrosse, finishing in third place in the league and marking just the third time in program history that Villanova had won at least 10 regular-season games since its inception as a varsity sport in 1981. Villanova made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009 after winning the CAA Championship by defeating Towson, 10-9, in the conference finals. The Wildcats then faced lacrosse powerhouse Virginia in the first round of NCAA competition.
Corrado has led several players to individual accolades since being appointed head coach. Under his defensive tutelage, Corrado led John LoCascio to USILA First and Third Team All-America honors, BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014 and 2All-BIG EAST First Team honors. Chris Conroy was named an All-BIG EAST First Team honoree in 2013 and Chris Piccirilli was also chosen as a 2014 All-BIG EAST Second Team member. In 2012, Chris Creighton was also named a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team. In 2011, long-stick midfielder Brian Karalunas became the most decorated Villanova Lacrosse player of all time as Villanova's first three-time USILA All-American and the first men's lacrosse player to be named a First Team All-America selection. Additionally, the back-to-back 2010 and 2011 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year was twice named a First Team All-BIG EAST honoree.
On the offensive end, Jack Curran (2014 All-BIG EAST Second Team), Jack Rice (2013 USILA Honorable Mention All-American, 2013 All-BIG EAST Second Team, 2012 All-BIG EAST First Team, 2011 All-BIG EAST First Team), Thomas Croonquist (2013 All-BIG EAST First Team, 2012 All-BIG EAST Second Team), John Kluh (2013 All-BIG EAST First Team), Kevin Cunningham (2012 USILA Honorable Mention All-American, 2012 BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year, 2012 First Team All-BIG EAST, 2012 BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, 2011 All-BIG EAST First Team, 2010 All-BIG EAST Second Team), Matt Bell (2012 All-BIG EAST First Team), Michael Vigilante (2012 All-BIG EAST Second Team), Paul Webber (2010 USILA Honorable Mention All-American, BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, First Team All-BIG EAST) and Mark Scioscia (2010 All-BIG EAST Second Team) have all earned national recognition under Corrado's expertise.
Jack Rice, Max Hart, Michael Vigilante, Chris Ficke, Brian Karalunas, Andy German, Matt Fritts and Chris MacDonald were also selected to play in the prestigious USILA Division I North/South Senior All-Star game in recent years under Connor's teaching, with Rice taking home MVP honors in 2013 and Vigilante earning the same distinction in 2012.
In his time at Villanova, Corrado has served in several capacities including mentoring the defense and serving as the recruiting coordinator. His expertise specifically lies with coordinating defensive efforts, and in 2003 and 2004, the Wildcats scoring defense ranked first and seventh in the nation, respectively. In 2005, Villanova improved to fourth in the country, allowing just 7.13 goals per game.
A former standout defenseman for the Wildcats, Corrado is in his second stint at Villanova having also served as an assistant under former Head Coach Randy Marks from 1992-95. Upon leaving Villanova, Corrado took a position at Conestoga High School before accepting a head coaching position with the Haverford High School varsity men's lacrosse team.
In November of 2005, Corrado was inducted into the Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame, being just the fourth lacrosse player to ever receive this honor. Previous inductees from the men's lacrosse program include Bob Adams (Class of 1980), Bill Hook (1980) and teammate Drew Cunningham (1985).
As a student-athlete, Corrado was a four-year starter at Villanova from 1984-1987. He was the team's Rookie of the Year in `84 and named co-captain and Most Valuable Player in his senior season when he collected a team-high 93 ground balls. For his career, Corrado tallied four goals and five assists from the offensive end of the field and was an All-County player for Islip (N.Y.) High School prior to becoming a Wildcat.
Upon graduation in 1987, Corrado served four years in the U.S. Navy where he was based out of Norfolk, Va. He is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War and recently retired as a Commander from the Naval Reserves.
Corrado received his Master's degree in Education from Temple University in 2002. Michael and his wife, Valerie, live in Drexel Hill, Pa. with their son, Matthew.