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Now in his sixth season, Tufts University's Mike Daly Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse Casey D’Annolfo has guided the Jumbos to an .851 winning percentage (63-11) and three NESCAC championships.
After the 2020 season was canceled following four games due to COVID-19, D'Annolfo's team returned in 2021 and won NESCAC, bringing the program its 10th conference title in the last 11 seasons. Tufts played into the NCAA Final Four and finished the season with a 9-1 record. D'Annolfo received New England Coach fo the Year honors.
In 2018 and 2019, Tufts won back-to-back NESCAC championships while combining for a 37-4 record under Coach D’Annolfo’s guidance. The team won 18 of 20 NESCAC games during those two seasons. In his first year with the team in 2017, Coach D'Annolfo guided the Jumbos to a school-record 11 straight wins to open the season.
In 2020, D’Annolfo’s Jumbos were looking like a team that would challenge for the national championship when hopes were dashed due to COVID-19. Tufts won its four games by a combined total of 100–42. Their 25 goals per game average led Division III for the abbreviated season. The Jumbos were ranked #2 in the final USILA national poll of the year.
A 2006 Tufts graduate, Coach D’Annolfo has led the Jumbos to wins in 50 of their last 55 games dating back to the start of the 2018 season. All four of his teams have earned NCAA berths, with the 2018 and 2019 squads advancing to the national quarterfinals. The NCAA Tournament was not played in 2020.
Twelve of D'Annolfo's Jumbos were on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) 2021 Dynamic Division III All-Americans list. Mac Bredahl, recruited to Tufts by Coach D'Annolfo and his staff, was NESCAC and New England Player of the Year for 2021 and led nine members of the team who received NESCAC All-Conference honors and 13 who were All-New England.
Lacrosse student-athletes also achieve academically within Coach D’Annolfo’s program. Twenty team members earned NESCAC All-Academic Team membership for 2021, which recognizes student-athletes with grade point averages of 3.5 or better. Frank Hattler, a 2018 Tufts graduate, earned Google Cloud Academic All-America® recognition.
Among the community service activities Coach D’Annolfo and the team support is Bronx Lacrosse, a full-day, year-round academic and sports-based youth development program founded by Tufts alumnus Dan Leventhal that empowers youth on the field and in the classroom.
D'Annolfo, who replaced Mike Daly as the Jumbos' head coach, previously had revitalized the men's lacrosse program at the Taft School during nine seasons as head coach. When he was hired at Taft in 2007, the Rhinos were at the bottom of the Founders League. Playing in one of the most competitive lacrosse conferences in the nation, Taft won the Founders League championship under D'Annolfo's guidance in 2016. The team was #18 in USA Today's rankings for the spring 2016 and also broke the school record for goals in a season that year.
From West Hartford, Connecticut originally, D'Annolfo was a three-sport letterman in football, lacrosse, and basketball at Tufts from 2002-06. He played quarterback for the Jumbos and was a four-year contributor in lacrosse. He is the only athlete in Jumbo history to throw a touchdown pass in football, score a goal in lacrosse, and make a field goal in basketball during his Tufts career.
D'Annolfo has coached at the prestigious Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Games since 2012. He kept his connection to Tufts over the years by working at the Jumbo Lacrosse Clinic starting in 2010.