|HEAD COACH - CHRIS MALONE
Chris Malone became the head coach of the Sun Devil’s Men’s Lacrosse team in August 2007. Since his arrival, ASU has been to three Conference Championship games, three MCLA Final Fours, and two National Championship games. Over three seasons, he has a combined record of 45-13. Chris is always looking to have the toughest schedule in the MCLA and has had a top five schedule in each of his seasons. Chris has coached 18 All Americans with eight of those coming in the 2011 season (the most in the history of the program for any given year). Malone has coached three players that are in the top six in the MCLA for all-time points. Eric Nelson is the #1 all-time point leader with 311 (184G, 127A), Ryan Westfall is third in all-time points with 304 (164G, 140A), and Tyler Westfall is #6 in all-time points with 286 (158G, 128A). He was named the WCLL Coach of the Year in 2008. Each of Malone’s seasons are the top three seasons in the history of ASU Men’s Lacrosse which has been in existence since 1968. ASU enters the 2012 season with a #3 national ranking in the MCLA.
Chris has five years of prior coaching experience, including two years at Loyola Blakefield and three years at the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant coach. As the offensive coordinator at Loyola Blakefield in 2002 and 2007, the team was nationally ranked 5th and 2nd respectively by Inside Lacrosse Magazine. At the University of Pennsylvania, Malone was in charge of offensive players, goalies and recruiting. During his tenure in 2004 they made the NCAA Division I National Tournament and finished the year ranked 13th in the country. This was Penn’s first tournament appearance since 1989.
Chris’ lacrosse career began at age 8 in Cockeysville, MD. He graduated from Loyola Blakefield in Towson, MD in 1997. His career continued at the University of Maryland as a two-time All American midfielder. He led Maryland in goals in 2000 and was a team captain in 2001. He was named a two-time scholar athlete and was a two-time recipient of the William Cole Memorial Award, which was presented to the most outstanding midfielder at Maryland. He tallied 60 goals and 37 assists in his four-year career in College Park. Chris was a participant in the 1998 NCAA Div. I Championship Game.
After graduating, Chris was selected 10th overall in the Major League Lacrosse draft in 2001 by the New Jersey Pride (01-04). He was traded to the Philadelphia Barrage for the 2005 Season. The Chicago Machine selected him in the 2006 expansion draft. That season he was third on the team in points with14 goals and 5 assists in 11 games.
In addition to ASU Men’s Lacrosse, Chris runs Arizona Burn Lacrosse Club, formerly Arizona Starz Lacrosse.
|ASSISTANT COACH - Todd MacRobbie
Todd MacRobbie returns for his third year as Assistant Coach for the Arizona State University Men’s Lacrosse Team. Prior to his duties with the Sun Devils, Coach MacRobbie had fourteen years of coaching experience with previous jobs as the Head Program Director of Gilbert Lacrosse. In addition, Coach MacRobbie also served as the Head Coach of several Summer select travel teams and as an instructor of numerous MVP lax camps at Rutgers University. The highlight of Coach MacRobbie’s tenure at Gilbert was the Tigers 2004 State Championship runner-up finish
Todd is a 1996 graduate of Arizona State University where he was a four-year player at attack for the Sun Devils. Todd was a member of the 1995 WCLL Championship team and was a two-time WCLL All-Star selection. He is a graduate of Suffern High School (NY).
In addition to serving as an assistant coach for the ASU Men’s Lacrosse program Todd has been teaching Elementary School Physical Education for 12 years.
ASSISTANT COACH - Ben Vosika
This is Ben Vosika’s 4th year as assistant/face off coach of the ASU Men’s Lacrosse Team. Ben played for the ASU Sun Devil Lacrosse team from 2005 2008 as their face off specialist.
His tenure with the devils began when they were unranked and included their first ever bid to the MCLA National tournament in 2007 where they advanced to the 1⁄4 finals and finished as a final four participant in 2008. He was one of a handful of players to play for 3 coaches in 4 years as the team transitioned into a viable MCLA tournament contender. In 2008, he was honored with the Unsung Hero award as his success at the face off X. Ben helped the team record its best season in their then, 40 year history.
Ben, an Arizona native, played high school lacrosse at Gilbert High school and graduated from ASU in 2009 with a kinesiology degree.
|ASSISTANT COACH - Ryan Spillett
Ryan Spillett joins the coaching staff at Arizona State University after spending the past two years as an assistant coach at SUNY Oswego in Upstate NY. Prior to coaching at Oswego, he was the head coach at Cazenovia College from 2006-2010. Spillett began his collegiate coaching career at SUNY Potsdam, where he served as head assistant coach from 2003-2006. Spillett played at Division 2 Le Moyne College, where he was a 4-year starter and currently holds numerous statistical records with the Dolphins. Spillett remains the Le Moyne all-time career assists leader (144) and is fourth in career points scored (220). Spillett also received numerous awards and recognition with Le Moyne as he was a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Honorable Mention All-America in 2001 and 2002, the NE-10 Tournament MVP in 2003 and the Le Moyne 2003 Male Senior Athlete of the Year. Prior to Le Moyne College, Spillett attended West Genesee High School in Camillus, NY, where he participated in consecutive New York State Championship games, winning the title in 1998 under Hall of Fame coach Mike Messere.
|STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH - Jim Mirabito
Jim Mirabito rejoins the ASU Men’s Lacrosse program as the Strength and Conditioning coach. In 2005, he assisted Jon Minder and from 1987-1989 he assisted Clark Mercer.
Jim has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for 27 years. He started his career working with The Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. He then moved on to The Sports Training Institute of NY/NJ where he worked with the New Jersey Nets and New Jersey Devils. Coach Mirabito left AZ for a period of time and when he returned to Phoenix in 1987 he became the Director of Athletic Performance for Strength Training Inc. There he specialized in strength and conditioning, rehabilitative exercise and speed, agility and quickness training.
Coach Mirabito reached the professional ranks of lacrosse in 2004 when the National Lacrosse League came to Arizona. The Arizona Sting chose Jim to be their trainer and strength and conditioning coach. He was responsible for injury assessment, rehabilitation and athlete performance. While working with professionals he dove into researching and developing the best ways to improve movement patterns and conditioning specific to the sport of lacrosse. Jim spent 3 successful seasons with the Sting. He has also worked with the Phoenix Suns and Olympian athletes.
He began his lifelong commitment to lacrosse playing for Pinkerton Academy (Derry, N.H.). In 1979 he came to ASU. While there, he was a 4 year captain. Coach Mirabito was the first ASU player ever selected to the USILA all star team in 1983. To this day, he participates in numerous tournaments around the country. Jim continues to work fulltime as a Phoenix firefighter. He resides in Phoenix with Shelly his wife of 11 years.