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Former Johns Hopkins head coach and Blue Jay legend has verbally agreed to join Gary Gait’s staff at Syracuse as defensive coordinator, Inside Lacrosse reported on Monday afternoon.
This move comes as no surprise to many in the lacrosse community as Pietramala joining Gait’s staff has been rumored since reports first surfaced of Gait taking over the reigns of the Syracuse men’s program just over a week ago.
Pietramala spent 20 years at the helm of his alma mater before the two sides “parted ways” last April. He complied a record of 207-93 during his time at the helm of the Blue Jays and guided them to 18 NCAA Tournament appearances, which included seven Championship Weekend appearances, four national championship appearances, and two national titles (2005,2007). The Blue Jays also won two Big Ten titles under Pietramala’s leadership.
Prior to his time as the head coach at Johns Hopkins, Pietramala served as the head coach at Cornell from 1998-200. He also spent time as an assistant at Loyola, Penn, and his alma mater.
At Syracuse, Pietramala, who many regard as the best defenseman of all-time, joins a staff headed by Gary Gait, who many regard as the best player of all-time. The two went head-to-head multiple times during their college days, including in the legendary 1989 national title game in which Syracuse won 13-12.
Pietramala’s twin boys, Dominic and Nicholas, are rising seniors at Boy’s Latin (Md.) and are currently committed to play their college ball at North Carolina.