September 5, 2013

SHU Men’s Lacrosse Announces 2014 Coaching Staff

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart men's lacrosse head coach Jon Basti announced his coaching staff on Thursday for the upcoming season. Tom Compitello, Mark Miyashita, and Scott Bement will join Basti on the Pioneers' sideline.

"This is an exciting time for Sacred Heart Lacrosse as we bring three very experienced and hardworking people into our family," said Basti. "All three men will add a great deal of excitement to the SHU community and will be very important parts of us bringing a positive and successful culture to the program and the university."

Compitello comes to Sacred Heart after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Lehigh for the past two seasons. He was the assistant offensive coordinator for the Mountain Hawks, which won back-to-back Patriot League championships during his tenure. In his first season at Lehigh in 2012, the Mountain Hawks led the nation in man-up percentage at 54.2% and averaged 10.41 goals per game. In 2013, Lehigh ran the table in the Patriot League, outscoring its opponents 26-12 in the Patriot League tournament to reach its second straight NCAA Tournament. Compitello played his collegiate lacrosse at Stony Brook, tallying 146 career points. In 2010 he was named a USILA All-American as the Seawolves won the America East championship and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Compitello was also an Academic All-American in 2011.

"We are very excited about having Tom on our staff as our Head Assistant and Offensive Coordinator," Basti said about Compitello. "He has enjoyed much success as both a player and a coach. Tom's experience both on and off the field during his playing career makes him a good resource for our student-athletes. His continued success as a coach will bring good ideas and excitement to our program."

Miyashita previously was the head coach at Castle View High School in Castle Rock, Colo., where he founded the lacrosse program when the school first opened in 2006. He was twice named Douglas County Lacrosse League Coach of the Year as his team won the league in 2012. In 2009, he started working with Tierney Lacrosse as a coach for the Denver Elite Lacrosse Club. Miyashita played his collegiate lacrosse at Canisius from 2000-2003, earning three All-MAAC selections including two First-Team honors. He led the nation in ground balls his freshman year, eventually becoming the Golden Griffins' career leader in ground balls. After college, Miyashita played three seasons in the Western Lacrosse Association and five seasons in the National Lacrosse League.

"Mark is someone who was highly recommended by people that I greatly respect in our game. He has coached for 10 years in Colorado as a high school head coach which gives him a unique perspective on what we are trying to build," said Basti. "His experiences in the box and field games, both as a player and a coach, will be very important for our player development. His leadership qualities will add a great deal to our staff and to our culture at SHU."

Bement was previously the goalie coach at Hartford last season, where Basti was the associate head coach. He started in net all four years of his collegiate career at Hartford, where he was the 2009 America East Rookie of the Year and an America East All-First Team pick in 2011. This past summer Bement was an assistant coach for U19 Lowcountry Lacrosse in South Carolina.

"I have known Scott for 5 years, first as our starting goalie at Hartford and then as part of our staff last year," said Basti. "He's a leader and will be a very good resource for our players in many aspects, especially in the weight room. Scott's experience will be a big help to our goalies and our defense as a unit. He was a big part of our success and a positive influence in developing a winning culture at Hartford. We are excited that he will do the same for us here at SHU."