Joe Amplo

Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk introduced Joe Amplo as Navy's head men’s lacrosse coach on June 5, 2019.

Amplo, a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Committee, as well as an assistant coach for Team USA who won the 2018 World Championship and will be on staff for the 2022 World Championship, has established himself as one of the premier head coaches in the sport after building the Marquette program from the ground up. He led the Golden Eagles to consecutive BIG EAST Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017, while also guiding MU to at least the BIG EAST semifinals in five of its six seasons competing as a member of the conference.

“To begin, then lead a sport of a major Division I institution may be the most significant challenge in our profession,” said Gladchuk. “To do so with such astonishing short-term success is historic. Marquette lacrosse with so many documented accomplishments is a tribute to a man whose untiring work ethic and determination provided life changing experiences to student-athletes. Joe built a foundation on vision, sound educational principles, competed against and beat the best and left a legacy of success that can now be carried over to his next challenge at Navy. Passion, perseverance and inspirational leadership define Joe Amplo and he will be the perfect fit at the Naval Academy where developing our nation’s future leaders is our priority and mission.”

“I am forever grateful to Marquette University, the people who believed in me, and the players who fought so tirelessly to build a nationally-recognized program,” said Amplo. “I will cherish the relationships that we built and the memories we all shared knowing those experiences have provided me with a framework to lead a program that I have always held in the highest regard.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be named the next head coach at the United States Naval Academy. Having the opportunity to help develop the next group of our nation’s leaders is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. I look forward to embracing everything the Naval Academy stands for, engaging with our alumni, immersing our family into this community and, most of all, developing life-long relationships with the members of our team as we work to add more successes to the rich history of Navy lacrosse.”