My favorite sports event/memory/moment is ... when FDU won the MAC conference in 09’ with only 17 healthy players and ended up losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament to W & L #1 in the Nation at that time in double overtime at their place. We only had a roster of 22 players that year but the 17 that played that year were warriors.
Pat Scarpello recently completed his 19th season at the helm of the Devils Lacrosse program and is the longest-tenured head coach in the program’s history. In August 2018, Scarpello was named the Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations.
From 2012-2020, Scarpello led the Devils to reach the postseason four times and win seven or more games five times. During that stretch, Scarpello has coached 33 MAC Freedom All-Conference selections, two IMLCA All-region selections, one USILA Honorable mention player and one All-ECAC selection.
Both the 2010 and 2011 Devils finished the year with 11 wins and a berth in the MAC Freedom tournament. 2010 was highlighted by MAC Rookie of the Year, Brian Gill and eight All-Conference selections, the most during one season in Scarpello’s tenure. Three players were selected to join the All-Conference Second team after the 2011 campaign.
In 2009, Scarpello led the Devils to the MAC Freedom Regular Season and Tournament Championship, making the program’s third-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. This was the first time since 1981 that Devils Lacrosse had won both the regular season and tournament championship in the same year. That season saw the Devils finish 13-5, garnering multiple postseason accolades, including the MAC Freedom Player of the Year, Alex Kajencki, four First Team All-MAC Freedom selections and one Second Team All-MAC Freedom selection.
After taking over the program in 2002, Scarpello led FDU to 11 straight postseason appearances, including six straight seasons of eight or more wins from 2002-2007. Thirteen times in his 19 seasons at the helm of the Devils, FDU has finished with eight or more wins.
During the summer of 2018, Scarpello was the Head Coach for Team Bermuda in the World Lacrosse Games. He previously served as their Assistant Coach in 2010 and 2014.
Scarpello is also the US Lacrosse men's collegiate representative of the New Jersey chapter, is on the USLIA All-American selection committee and serves as a Site Supervisor for the NCAA Tournament.
HONORS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Winningest coach in program history (145 wins)
2009 MAC Freedom Champions
2009 MAC Freedom Coach of the Year
2009 MAC Freedom Regular Season Champions
2009 NCAA Tournament appearance
14 MAC Freedom Postseason Tournament appearances
2020 ECAC Postseason Tournament appearance
73 MAC All-Conference selections
Two IMCLA Mid-Atlantic Region selections (2017)
Two All-American selections (2005, 2017)
2017 Academic All-American
Two MAC Freedom Rookies of the Year (2010, 2014)
2009 MAC Freedom Player of the Year
Two FDU Hall of Famers, Brett Lapides (2002) and Scott Shadiack (2007)
Two High School State Championships (1991, 1995)
Five High School State Championship tournament appearances in nine years
Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation, University of Delaware (1984)
Master’s Degree in Sports Administration, Fairleigh Dickinson University (2012)