Athletic Department Picks Natoli for LAX Job

Ryan Miller | Monday, March 20, 2017
Joe Natoli has been hired by Lutheran West High School to coach the men's lacrosse team. 

“Joe comes to Lutheran West with a strong Lacrosse background," said Ryan Miller, Athletic Director when asked about why he chose Natoli. "He played high school lacrosse at a high level in Pennsylvania and went through the NCAA recruitment process. He has experience building and growing a program as a college player/coach at Ohio University. His energy and drive to build our program, along with his experiences, will certainly steer our Lacrosse program in the right direction."

Natoli has most recently been involved in Xcelerate Lacrosse, coaching summer teams and working as a staff member at their summer camps. “I am excited to step in to a new team and start building a program," said Joe Natali when he was introduced as LW's new LAX coach. "The Lutheran West players have graciously welcomed me to the community and I am very grateful for this opportunity.”

Natoli lettered all four years at Seneca Valley High School in Pittsburgh, PA. He earned a scholarship to Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA where he spent his freshman year. Mercyhurst won the NCAA Division II title that year. After his freshman season, Natoli transferred to Ohio University and was a crucial cog in the development of the ascending Club Lacrosse program. Upon arrival in Athens, he was voted the Vice President and Captain/Coach for the Bobcats; roles he assumed for the following four years. Each year the program saw improvement, making it further into the Division I National College Lacrosse League (NCLL) playoffs. The program garnered a second place finish in 2016 in the NCLL National Tournament and finished the year ranked 4th in the final NCLL poll.

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Phone: 440.333.1660
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