Towson adds former defenseman to coaching staff
Shawn Nadelen announced Thursday his first official hire since succeeding Tony Seaman as Towson’s head coach, adding Dan Cocchi to his staff as the team’s new defensive coordinator.
Cocchi was a four-year starting defenseman for the Tigers, helping the school reach the NCAA tournament in 2001 and 2003. Cocchi, a three-time All-American selection who played in 55 career games, ranks second in program history with in ground balls with 283.
“Dan was a great player at Towson and what better person for our young men to learn from than a Towson all-American and a Major League Lacrosse All-Star,” Nadelen said in a written statement on the Tigers’ website. “His experiences as a player and a coach at many different levels will be a great benefit for our lacrosse program.
“Dan’s intensity for the game is infectious and I look forward to seeing how that permeates through our team,” Nadelen continued. “Dan and his wife, Kristen, are Towson alums and it is very exciting for both of them to be back here in town. Dan will be instrumental with the involvement of our lacrosse alumni in the program. I couldn’t be more excited to have Dan joining our staff.”
Since graduating in 2003, Cocchi has spent nine years in the Major League Lacrosse, including the last five with the Long Island Lizards. He has served as the head coach at the University of North Florida, which competes in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, and Matanzas High School in Palm Coast, Fla.