Stony Brook Names Anthony Gilardi as Men's Lacrosse Head Coach
TONY BROOK, N.Y. – Stony Brook Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron has named former Towson Associate Head Coach Anthony Gilardi as the new head men's lacrosse coach, the athletic department announced on Thursday. Gilardi comes to Long Island after spending eight successful seasons with the Tigers, serving as Associate Head Coach for the past six. During his tenure at Towson, Gilardi helped guide the team to five CAA Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances. Most recently, the 2019 Towson team made program history, being ranked No. 1 in the national polls for the first time while earning the No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Gilardi was also instrumental in a pair of the Tigers' deep postseason runs, reaching the Final Four in 2017 and the NCAA tournament quarterfinals in 2016. In his role as Associate Head Coach, Gilardi was the mastermind behind Towson's attack as the Offensive Coordinator while also being tasked with attracting the nation's top talent as the Recruiting Coordinator.
Gilardi arrived at Towson following successful assistant coaching stints at the United States Naval Academy, Ohio State and Denison. In his three years as an assistant coach at Navy, the Midshipmen reached the 2009 NCAA Tournament as the Patriot League Champions. Gilardi also coached four All-Patriot League Offensive Players, one Honorable Mention All-American Midfielder and one conference Rookie of the Year. From 2005-08, Gilardi was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Ohio State, helping the team reach the 2008 NCAA Quarterfinals. Prior to his time with the Buckeyes, he spent one season as an assistant coach with Division III power Denison. Gilardi played collegiately at Ohio State from 2000-04 where he was a three-year starter, a two-time All-GWLL selection and a team captain his senior season. Following graduation, he signed a free-agent contract with the Long Island Lizards of the MLL and began his coaching career as a Volunteer Assistant Coach with the Buckeyes.