Amplo, Marquette working on contract extension
June 11, 2016
MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University and head men's lacrosse coach Joe Amplo are working on a contract extension that will keep the only head coach in program history in Milwaukee.
"I am so grateful for the confidence and trust that Dr. Lovell, Bill Scholl and other members of the Marquette community have put in me," Amplo said. "Leading this program since its inception has been a wonderful journey. The players have challenged me to become a better person and taken the entire Marquette community on a ride that is filled with joyous memories. My wife Jen and three girls have made Marquette Lacrosse our family business and we could not be happier to continue this journey as we look to keep building this program to remain amongst America's great lacrosse programs."
Amplo has led the Golden Eagles to an unprecedented rise to national prominence in just four short seasons, culminating in their first BIG EAST Conference title and NCAA Championship appearance in 2016. The 2014 BIG EAST Coach of the Year owns a career record of 32-29 (.525) in MU's four-year existence, including a winning percentage of .733 (11-5) in BIG EAST play.
"Marquette is committed competing at the highest level in lacrosse and we are thrilled that Joe is again affirming his commitment to this program," Marquette University Vice President and Director of Athletics Bill Scholl said. "Joe's work has positioned Marquette among the sport's leaders in a very short amount of time and we are excited to know that he is going to continue to be with us in Milwaukee."
The Golden Eagles have recorded double digit wins in each of the last two seasons and set new program bests of 11 overall victories and four conference wins in 2016. Marquette burst into the national polls after just 31 games in early 2015 and ended this season ranked 11th in the USILA Coaches Poll and 13th in the media poll. The Golden Eagles also hosted their first NCAA tournament game in May as the national No. 6 seed, falling to eventual NCAA Champion North Carolina by one goal in the NCAA First Round.
Amplo is also a member of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Committee and an assistant coach with the United States Men's Lacrosse National Team.
Marquette will depart Monday for a 10-day trip to Italy that will include three games against Team England as they prepare for the 2016 European Lacrosse Championship.
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