FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Jon Basti announced two changes to his coaching staff for the upcoming season. Mark Miyashita has been promoted to Head Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator and John Carroll has been added as a volunteer assistant.
Miyashita was the volunteer assistant coach last season when the Pioneers went 6-9 and reached the Northeast Conference Tournament for the second straight year. He now takes on the role of offensive coordinator. 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. 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.
"We're very excited about promoting Coach Miyashita to Head Assistant and Offensive Coordinator," said Basti. "He did a great job with the offense last year so there will be consistency there. He will bring a few new ideas while maintaining many of the concepts that made our offense successful last season."
John Carroll comes to Sacred Heart after serving as an assistant coach at Holy Cross last season. While at Holy Cross, Carroll led the Crusaders' faceoff unit to its best faceoff percentage since the 2000 season at 51.4%. Carroll played collegiately at Albany from 2009-2012 where he finished his career sixth all-time in saves with 378. In 2010, Carroll ranked eighth in the nation with 185 saves and was named to the America East All-Championship Team. He is a 2012 graduate of Albany with a degree in history.
"John brings good knowledge and a tremendous work ethic with him from Holy Cross, " Basti said of his new assistant coach. "His primary role will be helping Coach Miyashita on offense and working with the face-off unit. The insight he has on the up-tempo style of lacrosse, which he was a part of when he played at Albany, will benefit us and our players. His enthusiasm and excitement for what we're trying to do here at Sacred Heart is already evident and he'll bring positive energy to our program."
The Pioneers compiled a record of 6-9 in 2014, going 4-2 in the Northeast Conference to reach the conference tournament for the second consecutive season.