Dave Pietramala

Dave Pietramala (born 1967) is the current Head Coach for the Johns Hopkins University Men's Lacrosse team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest defensemen in lacrosse history,[1] and is a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He is the only person to win an NCAA national championship as both a player and coach,[1] and the only person to be named both player and coach of the year.[1] Born in Hicksville, New York, he went to St. Mary's High School.

Dave Pietramala
Current position
TitleHead Coach
TeamJohns Hopkins
ConferenceBig Ten
Biographical details
Born1967 (age 5152)
Hicksville, New York
Playing career
1986–1989Johns Hopkins
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2001–currentJohns Hopkins
U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2004

Playing career

Pietramala chose to attend Johns Hopkins University, at the advice of his father, George, who wanted him to play for the lacrosse powerhouse. Dave Pietramala stated that he originally intended to go to the University of Maryland: "I loved Coach [Dick] Edell and loved Maryland ... I grew up a huge basketball fan and they had Len Bias, Keith Gatlin and Lefty Driesell. I thought it was all set. I was going to Maryland."[2]

At Hopkins, Pietramala was a member of the 1987 National Championship team. He won the Schmeisser Award as the nation's top defenseman in 1988 and 1989 and the 1989 Enners Award as the nation's top player. He was also named a first-team All American three times while at Hopkins.[1]

Pietramala also played at the club level for the storied Mount Washington Lacrosse Club in the 1990s,[3] the professional level for the Pittsburgh Bulls in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League, and nationally for the United States Men's National Lacrosse team. He won two world championships in the International Lacrosse Federation World Championship, was named All-World in both 1990 and 1994,[4] and Best and Fairest Player (MVP) in 1990.[4]

In addition to these awards, Pietramala was named to the NCAA Silver Anniversary Team in 1995, the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team, and Lacrosse Magazine's All-Century Team.[1] He was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2004.[5]

Coaching career

After 1991, Pietramala took jobs as an assistant coach at Gilman School, The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Loyola College before returning to Johns Hopkins as its defensive coordinator in 1995. In 1998 he took over the head coaching job at Cornell University, where he was named the national Coach of the Year in 2000.[5]

In 2001, he took the head coaching position at his alma mater, where he has revitalized the Hopkins program. In his 18 years at the helm, the Blue Jays have a 205-81 record[6] nine NCAA Tournament appearances, six NCAA Final Four appearances, National Championship game appearances in 2003 and 2008, and the 2005 and 2007 National Championships.[1]


  1. "Dave Pietramala". Hopkins Sports. 2017-12-08.
  2. Keith Mills, Petro's Life Lessons, Press Box Online, March 8, 2007.
  3. Md. falls just short of Mt. Wash. in South final, 11-10, Baltimore Sun, June 13, 1993, retrieved May 26, 2010.
  4. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-03-16. Retrieved 2007-03-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Dave Pietramala HOF Biography". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-03-03.
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