CUMMING, Ga. — Pinecrest Academy Paladins boys’ lacrosse will have a new head coach.
Coach Patrick Aiello, former head men’s lacrosse coach at the University of Mississippi, will join staff as associate head varsity lacrosse coach for the school’s inaugural varsity boys’ lacrosse team.
He joins Head Coach Sam Lialios, who lead the Paladins JV boys’ lacrosse team to a successful 2014 season.
A relatively new athletic offering at Pinecrest, lacrosse debuted on the middle school level in 2012, fielding a middle school boys’ team. With much success during its first season, coupled with increased interest in the sport, Pinecrest expanded the program to include JV boys’, JV girls and middle school girls’ teams for the 2013-14 school year.
The JV boys’ lacrosse team, under Lialios, finished their inaugural season with a 6-3-2 record, with convincing wins against North Forsyth High School, South Forsyth High School, Buford High School, The Wesleyan School and St. Pius X High School.
The girls debut season included both JV and middle school teams, and under the leadership of Coach Jillian DiFazio, the JV team finished their first season with an 11-2 record.
They played a competitive schedule and won games against West Forsyth High School, North Springs High School, also winning a JV Tournament in Gwinnett County.
Pinecrest plans to also add a Varsity Girls schedule to the mix for the 2014-2015 school year under the continued leadership of DiFazio.
To maintain the momentum of a successful lacrosse program and to take the sport to the next level, Pinecrest recruited and hired seasoned coach, Aiello, to help lead the school’s first varsity boys’ lacrosse team.
Prior to joining Pinecrest Academy, Aiello was an assistant athletic academic counselor at the University of Mississippi, as well as an adjunct instructor for freshmen experience courses.
He also served as head men’s lacrosse coach at the University of Mississippi for three years.
“I am very excited to get the program going and meet my new team and the entire Pinecrest lacrosse community,” Aiello said. “My vision is to build a strong program at Pinecrest and to teach our young men to work together as a team, instilling in them life lessons that they will carry with them forever.”