Michael Sciamanna was hired to lead the Saint Anselm men's lacrosse program on July 28, 2015 and is now in his fifth season as the Hawks' head coach in 2020.
Since his hire, the Hawks have proven themselves to be one of the most consistent programs in the Northeast. Inheriting a program that posted a 2-11 record in 2015, Saint Anselm has since made four consecutive NE10 postseason appearances, starting with an 8-6 record in the 2016 season. Under his direction, the Hawks have become regulars in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division II Coaches' Poll and began the 2018 season as the No. 13 team in the nation, its highest-ever rank to begin a season.
The 2018 campaign was a breakout one for men's lacrosse on the Hilltop as the Hawks, ranked 17th in NCAA Division II by the USILA at season's end, posted an 11-5 overall record. The 11 wins were the most in one year against Division II opponents and the Hawks also secured their first-ever win against the nation's top-ranked team, defeating Le Moyne in the NE10 Semifinals. The Hawks also posted the nation's 15th-best scoring offense (12.63) and scoring defense (8.38), ranking 18th overall in points per game (19.31). The squad set the program record in goals scored (202) and tallied 309 points (202-107=309) as a team, the second-most in a single season.
In his first season, Sciamanna guided the Hawks to their first winning season since 2012 with an overall record of 8-6, which culminated in the team's seventh postseason appearance in the last 10 seasons. Saint Anselm earned the No. 6 seed in the NE-10 Tournament and fell 13-7 at third-seeded and eighth-ranked Adelphi. The Hawks equaled their record of 8-6 in his second season while improving to 7-4 against league opponents in 2017.
Sciamanna arrived on the Hilltop following eight years as an assistant coach with the Endicott College men's lacrosse program. Sciamanna helped guide the Gulls to a 121-44 (.733) overall record that included five 15-win seasons during his tenure.
While at Endicott, Sciamanna served as the offensive, ride and clear coordinator, in addition to being responsible for scouting opponents, planning practices, recruiting, community outreach and community service.
During Sciamanna's tenure, the Gulls were nationally ranked in each of the eight years, captured three Commonwealth Coast Conference titles (2010, 2011, 2015) and made four NCAA Tournament appearances (2010, 2011, 2014, 2015). Sciamanna's offense was ranked in the top-10 in the country in goals scored in 2011, 2014 and 2015, in addition to producing seven of the program's top-10 single-game goal outputs. The Gulls also posted a win over top-ranked Tufts in 2011.
Sciamanna played his college lacrosse at the Division I level for three years. Sciamanna began his career at Wagner College, where he started all but one game in two seasons. He led the Seahawks in scoring in both 2004 and 2005 and set the program's single-season assist record in '05. Sciamanna then transferred to the University of Massachusetts for the 2006 campaign and was part of a run to the 2006 National Championship game and UMass' first team to make the Final Four in school history.
Sciamanna earned his Bachelor's degree in communications from UMass in 2008 and then received his Master's degree in athletic administration from Endicott in 2010.
Sciamanna is also the director of the Elite 100 Camp. He currently resides in North Andover, Mass. with his wife, Heather, and daughter, Reese, born in October 2018.
|Year||Overall Record||NE10 Record/Finish
|2016||8-6||6-5/6th||NE10 Championship First Round|
|2017||8-6||7-4/5th||NE10 Championship First Round|
|2018||11-5||7-4/T-4th||NE10 Championship Final|
|2019||7-7||6-5/6th||NE10 Championship First Round|
|Total (4 seasons)||34-24 (.586)
||26-18 (.590)||4 NE10 Championship Appearances (2-4)|