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MEDFORD - Casey D'Annolfo, a 2006 Tufts Universiity graduate, is now in his third season as head coach of the Tufts University men's lacrosse program.
Last year, Coach D'Annolfo guided the Jumbos to the program's eighth New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCASC) championship. Tufts finished 18-2 while advancing to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. Five members of the team were been selected as United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III All-Americans. Graduates Frank Hattler and Connor Lansdale were recognized as Scholar All-Americans by the USILA and Hattler earned 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America® recognition.
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. The program earned its 10th NCAA berth overall and ninth in a row, advancing to the "Sweet 16." Tufts' seven New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association all-stars were the most in the region that year. Jumbos Ben Connelly and Danny Murphy were selected as USILA All-Americans and Tyler Olney won College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America honors.
D'Annolfo, who replaced Mike Daly as the Jumbos' head coach, 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 - including teams such as Deerfield, Salisbury, Hotchkiss, Westminster and Choate - Taft won the Founders League championship under D'Annolfo's guidance in 2016. He also established Taft as a nationally-ranked program. The Rhinos were #802 in the USA Today national high school poll for 2007, but by 2014 he had the team ranked in top 20. Taft was #18 in USA Today's rankings for the spring 2016. The 2016 team also broke the school record for goals in a season (287).
Eight Taft players earned All-American honors during D'Annolfo's tenure and three received Western New England Player of the Year awards. He helped more than 70 student-athletes move on to play college lacrosse at the Division I, II and III levels. Taft 2016 All-American Michael Kraus broke the school's single-season goals record with 57 and is currently playing Division I Virginia, where he was a USILA All-American and ACC Freshman of the Year last season.
"I couldn't be more excited to return to Tufts University, my alma mater, in order to continue the great lacrosse tradition that has been established," D'Annolfo said at the time of his hire. "The bar has been set very high by the alums, and I look forward to getting to work with this group of young men in order to create an equally impressive legacy. I am excited to re-immerse myself in the Tufts community that taught me so much and both reinvigorate relationships that I cherish to this day as well as make many new ones."
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 as 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 has kept his connection to Tufts over the years by working at the Jumbo Lacrosse Clinic starting in 2010.