Paul Mita

The Arcadia University Department of Athletics and Recreation has announced the hiring of Paul Mita to lead the Knights' men's lacrosse program.

Mita will assume his new role on Wednesday, August 26.
"I am honored for the opportunity to represent Arcadia University as the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach," Mita remarked. "This institution has an outstanding academic reputation and a thriving athletic department that I am excited to join."

"There is a rich history and tradition of high-level lacrosse in the Philadelphia area. As a Philadelphia-area native, I intend to draw from that winning attitude. I want to thank Executive Director of Athletics Brian Granata, Assistant Director of Athletics Brett Mariani, the entire search committee, and the Arcadia community for having trust in me to empower our student-athletes to reach their full potential as leaders, scholars, and lacrosse players."

Mita arrives in Glenside after spending one season as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division III Dickinson College. The Red Devils played to a 3-2 record in the 2020 season prior to the season's cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Prior to Dickinson, Mita spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Division III power Cabrini University, where he helped lead the Cavaliers to the 2019 NCAA Championship with a 16-12 victory over Amherst at Lincoln Financial Field. Additionally, the Cavaliers were named the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) Division III Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year following the 22-2 season that culminated in the national title.

During his three seasons at Cabrini, the Cavaliers won three-straight conference championships and made three NCAA Tournament appearances while posting a combined record of 56-9. Mita developed and coached 24 USILA All-Americans as a member of Steve Colfer's coaching staff - including a program-best 11 in 2019.

"We are very excited to welcome Coach Mita as the new head coach of the Arcadia men's lacrosse program," Executive Director of Athletics Brian Granata stated. "Paul is a tireless worker with deep connections to the Philadelphia lacrosse community and a number of quality mentors that have prepared him for this next step in his coaching career. He is committed to intentionally and sustainably building a championship-caliber program filled with student-athletes that are focused on making positive contributions on the lacrosse field and within our campus community. We look forward to the development of the program under his leadership."