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Mike Cerino

Mike Cerino

Title: Owner/Director

Michael Cerino became the fifth Director of Athletics in the history of Limestone College in the fall of 2008, and later added the title of Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics in 2011 to better reflect the broad spectrum of his responsibilities.

Entering his 10th year at the helm of the Limestone College Athletics Department, Cerino has led the charge in making the Saints one of the most competitive athletic programs in NCAA Division II. Over the last five years, Limestone has ranked in the top 20-percent of the NACDA Learfield Sports Director’s Cup standings, including a top-25 finish during the 2016-17 season.

Limestone most recently captured its third straight Joby Hawn Cup, an award given to the top overall athletics department in Conference Carolinas, and a fourth trophy in five years. In addition to bringing home the overall Cup Championship during the 2016-17 season, the Saints also swept both the men’s and women’s trophy for the first time in Department history.

During his tenure, the Blue and Gold has won three NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse National Championships and four individual national titles. In addition to the men’s swim team winning individual events in 2009, the Saints captured two individual national crowns in men’s indoor track & field and wrestling during the 2017 Winter Championships.

Under Cerino’s leadership, the Athletics Department has undergone a vigorous transformation that includes the addition of several new sports and vast improvements and expansion of athletic facilities through strategic fundraising efforts. He has also been steadfast in growing the Department’s staff needed to support 25 intercollegiate sports and over 800 student-athletes.

Limestone has added a nationally competitive field hockey program and a men’s volleyball team that competes for a NCAA Division I National Championship. In 2013, he was instrumental in adding football as the 25th sponsored sport at Limestone while adding a dance team and a competitive cheerleading squad.

Through various fundraising initiatives, he continues to spearhead a campaign to improve and expand athletic facilities at Limestone. During the first phase of the strategic plan, the College turfed and installed lights on Saints Field – the home of Limestone men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and men’s and women’s lacrosse – and renovated Founders Federal Credit Union Stadium, home of Limestone baseball.

The crowning jewel of the first phase, however, is the Bob Campbell Field House, a 23,000-square foot building that houses locker rooms for all of Limestone’s field sports, an equipment room, an officials locker room, a concession stand, a ticket sales box office, and public restrooms.

Completed in 2014, the Bob Campbell Field House features the nerve center of Limestone Athletics as it houses several administrative offices, including the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics, compliance, facilities, and development and marketing. The field house also includes office space for Limestone’s field teams and the newly renovated Dave and Nancy Rilling Hall of Fame Room.

The Dave and Nancy Rilling Hall of Fame Room proudly displays many of the Saints’ conference trophies and individual awards and honors members of the Limestone Athletics Hall of Fame with a plaque recognizing the individual and team accomplishments of each inductee. The room also serves as a meeting space and is equipped to host press conferences. Adding quality staff has also been an area of improvement under Cerino. Limestone Athletics has been able to add full-time staff members to several support departments including compliance, athletic training, media relations, equipment, strength & conditioning, and facilities. This has allowed staff to focus on innovative ways to improve the student-athlete experience at Limestone.

In addition to overseeing the athletics department, Cerino enjoyed a 15-year tenure as the head coach of Limestone’s highly successful men’s lacrosse program. Building the program from scratch in 1989, he guided the Saints to their first NCAA Division II National Championship in 2000. Cerino is the second all-time winningest coach in program history and finished his coaching career with an overall record of 128-66.

During his coaching career, he guided two elite programs, Limestone College and Washington and Lee University, to NCAA Tournament appearances and compiled an overall collegiate record of 181-90 (.668) over 20 seasons, winning a total of eight conference championships in the process.

Cerino was inducted in the Pfeiffer University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010 for his contributions as a student-athlete and has been inducted twice in the Limestone College Athletics Hall of Fame – Class of 2004 as a head coach and again in the Class of 2011 as a member of the 2000 National Championship Men’s Lacrosse Team. He was inducted into the US Lacrosse South Carolina Chapter Hall of Fame in 2013 for his efforts in bringing and growing the sport of lacrosse in the state.

In addition to numerous coaching honors, Cerino earned Street and Smith’s College Lacrosse USA Division II Coach of the Year honors and was a three-time recipient of the Jim “Ace” Adams National Sportsmanship Award.

He currently serves as the general manager of the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse, and was the organization’s first head coach. Cerino guided the franchise to the 2013 MLL Championship Game in the team’s second year of existence.

A native of Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Cerino currently resides in Greer, S.C., with his wife Christine and his three children, Ryan, Caitlyn and Allison. His son, Ryan, is entering his junior year as a member of the Bryant University lacrosse team.

Drew Delaney

Drew Delaney

Drew Delaney enters his second season as the head men's lacrosse coach at Elizabethtown College in 2015.

The Blue Jays cranked out seven wins in Delaney's first year on the sideline. Four players received all-conference honors, including All-Commonwealth Conference Second Team defenseman Matt Frey and Commonwealth Conference Rookie of the Year Joe Clark.

Clark, who led the Jays with 38 points (19 goals, 19 assists), is just the second player in program history to be named conference rookie of the year and first since Sean Thomson in 2002, the program's inaugural season.

Director of Athletics Nancy Latimore announced Delaney as the third head coach in program history on Aug. 23, 2013.

"I am honored to be selected as the next head lacrosse coach at Elizabethtown College,” said Delaney upon his hiring. “I would like to thank Marianne Calenda, Nancy Latimore, and the entire search committee for allowing me this great opportunity. I am excited to build on the excellent tradition that the Blue Jays have established and am looking forward to my first season."

Delaney brings 10 years of coaching experience to the College. He spent the last two seasons at Arcadia University, building the program as its first head coach. In their first varsity season, the Knights won five games and showed a strong level of compete against their Freedom Conference foes. Delaney mentored three all-conference selections and league Rookie of the Year Chris Jacovino.

“One of Elizabethtown’s greatest attributes that stood out to me right away was an excellent academic tradition coupled with a well-rounded, successful athletic department,” noted Delaney. “The College’s commitment to excellence on and off the field is something I wanted to be a part of.”

“We are very fortunate to have an individual with Coach Delaney’s experience and skill set assuming leadership of our Blue Jay men’s lacrosse program,” said Latimore. “He will be an outstanding coach and mentor for our young men within the program.”

Delaney is a 2003 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where he majored in special studies with a focus on history, government and sociology of the modern era. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Diplomats on defense and helped F&M reach the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals during his senior season.

Throughout his coaching career, Delaney has been able to learn from some of the best coaches in the industry. Delaney joined Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., as an assistant coach in the summer of 2004, working under the wing of current Charlotte Hounds (Major League Lacrosse) head coach Mike Cerino. Delaney also had the chance to learn from Gene McCabe in 2007. The Generals had winning seasons in each of his years with the program, winning 25 games in that time frame.

In the summer of 2007, Delaney reunited with Cerino at Division II Limestone College. He handled defensive coordinator duties for three seasons as the Saints reached the DII Final Four in each season and produced seven All-Americans, including defensemen Matt Pinder (2008) and Spencer Wims (2009).

“I’ve been so fortunate to play for, and coach with, some of the best leaders in the game,” explained Delaney. “Mike Cerino gave me my start and was instrumental in teaching me the nuances of the profession. He’s been a great mentor to me over the last 10 years. I also owe a lot to Gene McCabe and [Washington College head coach] Jeff Shirk, as well as my former coaches at Franklin & Marshall [Dave Webster and Bill Gorrow], as they’ve given me so much perspective in how successful programs should be run. It’s something I certainly hope to emulate with the Blue Jays.”

Delaney spent the 2011 season as an assistant coach/defensive coordinator for Shirk at Washington College, before accepting the head position at Arcadia that summer.

Delaney has served as an advance scout for the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse since 2012. Outside of coaching, he brings experience as a physical education instructor, assistant sports information director and equipment manager.

“I’m proud to be leading the Elizabethtown College program,” said Delaney. “In the short term, I’m excited to prepare our team for its final year in the Commonwealth Conference, and then to look ahead to the Landmark and 2015. We will play fast and allow our student-athletes the freedom to be aggressive and creative on the field. The College’s motto of Educate for Service will be something we embrace every day as an opportunity to learn and grow, and to prepare our players for competition.”

Delaney, who is married to wife Linda, is originally from Maplewood, N.J.

Bill Milone

Bill Milone

Bill Milone, a former All-American at Pfeiffer University, is the volunteer assistant coach for the Limestone College men’s lacrosse program.

Milone has been involved in lacrosse at all levels over the past 20 years, as a player and a coach.

Milone attended Pfeiffer University and was a member of the Class of 1995. As a player at Pfeiffer he was an All-America selection as a goalkeeper.