December 13, 2010

Monroe CC Coach Delfino Now at RWU

from press release

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Roberts Wesleyan College is pleased to announce the hiring of Rocky Delfino as the new head coach for the men's lacrosse team starting in the 2011-2012 academic year. Roberts Wesleyan is also excited to have Coach Delfino's long-time assistant John Pratt joining him.

Coach Delfino comes to Roberts after nine seasons as head coach of men's lacrosse at Monroe Community College (where he will coach this spring), having amassed an overall winning record 105-32. Delfino was named Region III Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005 and NJCAA National Coach of the Year in 2005. He led the 2010 team to a program-record 17 victories. In addition to his position as head coach he is also an assistant professor for MCC's Health and Physical Education Department.

Coach Pratt has almost 40 years of experience coaching lacrosse. Pratt coached the West Irondequoit High School varsity lacrosse program for 28 years, where he compiled a 431-113 record during his tenure, capturing 12 league championships and 11 Section V titles along the way. Pratt's teams played in 19 total sectional championship games and he was named Monroe County Coach of the Year seven times. He is the seventh-winningest high school coach in New York State and is one of only 11 such coaches in the nation with over 400 wins. Roberts Wesleyan College only recently announced that it would be adding men's and women's lacrosse as intercollegiate sports starting in the 2011-2012 academic year. The addition of these two programs further supports the objective of the College to pursue NCAA D-II membership.

"We are thrilled to have Rocky Delfino and John Pratt join the Roberts Wesleyan team of coaches and develop our men's lacrosse program," said Mike Faro, Roberts Wesleyan College director of athletics. "They will establish our Roberts Wesleyan Raiders lacrosse team – taking the Raiders to a regional – perhaps national – presence in one of the country's fastest growing sports. I look forward to watching the progress our program makes under their guidance."

Delfino said, "I would like to thank the administration at Roberts Wesleyan for giving my family and me this new opportunity to develop a new lacrosse program to meet the values, character, and beliefs that the college embraces. Together we will develop a program that will give student-athletes the ability to grow physically, mentally, and spiritually, creating a successful and competitive environment." Coach Delfino has more than 25 years of coaching, with previous experience coaching wrestling, football, and lacrosse at Fairport High School and coaching football at St. John Fisher College. He is also an assistant varsity football coach at Aquinas Institute. A 1983 graduate from Cortland State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, Delfino earned his master's degree in Athletics/Health Education from Brockport State University. Delfino and his wife, Andrea, and their two children, Debra Lyn and Rocky reside in Penfield.

Roberts Wesleyan College is currently a member of the American Mideast Conference within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Roberts Wesleyan now offers 14 intercollegiate sports to student athletes: men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's tennis, and golf. This new addition of men's and women's lacrosse bolsters an already well balanced athletic program in which over 200 student-athletes participate, and provides additional opportunities for student participation in athletics during the coming spring semester.

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