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Joining the program as an assistant coach in October of 2008, Anthony Gilardi begins his third season as a member of the Navy coaching staff. He will once again focus on the success of the Mids' offensive unit.
Under Gilardi's leadership, Navy averaged 9.13 goals per game and 14.20 points per outing in a season that saw the Mids outscore their opponent by a goal per game. Honorable Mention All-American midfielder and MLL draft pick Patrick Moran anchored the Navy offense with his 28 goals, including nine extra-man scores. He was also one of the nation's leaders in hat trick in 2010.
Navy scored more goals and dealt out more assists in 2009 than the season prior. The Mids averaged 8.94 goals, while turning in 5.56 assists per contest. Navy's starting attack combined to score 52 of Navy's 143 goals, while the trio also accounted for 38 of the 89 assists. Tim Paul paced the Mids with 32 points on 18 goals and a team-high tying 14 assists en route to garnering Honorable Mention All-America recognition. Meanwhile, Brendan Connors reaped the rewards from Gilardi's coaching, as he came into his junior season having scored just two goals and dealt out two assists. Connors, in turn, led the team in 2009 with 21 goals and 10 assists. Meanwhile, Navy also saw great production out of its midfield where Moran earned First-Team All-Patriot League honors behind his 20-goal, three-assist performance, while all-league middie Joe Lennon had the hot end at the end of the season, scoring four goals in leading the Mids to a triple-OT win over Colgate in the Patriot League semis.
Prior to his arrival in Annapolis, Gilardi had spent the previous eight years in Columbus, Ohio as a member of the Ohio State lacrosse program, four as a player and the last four as a coach.
One of the most talked about teams in lacrosse in recent years has been Ohio State and its ability to emerge as one of the contenders among the traditional powers. Though the program has been around for some 50 years, it wasn't until early this decade that former head coach Joe Breschi was able to jumpstart the program. Gilardi was a major contributor as a player and coach in helping lead the Buckeyes to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.
In 2008, Ohio State experienced a record-breaking season that saw the Buckeyes post an 11-6 record and earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. Facing eighth-seeded Cornell in the opening round of the tourney, the Buckeyes dominated the Big Red to produce the school's first NCAA Tournament win (15-7) and advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
Averaging 13.18 goals per game, Ohio State was ranked third in the country in scoring offense, while it's extra-man attack was also ranked third, scoring on 45.7 percent (32-70) of its opportunities
In his three seasons as a full-time assistant coach with the Buckeyes, the program never dipped below .500, nor did they finish lower than second in the conference standings.
Gilardi began his coaching career by working with both the Ohio State and Denison lacrosse programs. As the co-offensive coordinator at Denison during the 2004-05 campaign, he helped develop two All-North Coast Athletic Conference attackmen and led the Big Red to the Div. III NCAA Tournament. Additionally, he was responsible for creating game plans and breaking down film, while developing and implementing speed and agility programs.
That same year, Gilardi signed on as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater where he worked with the attack on a one-on-one basis. His knowledge of both the program and the game gave him an edge over his peers as Breschi hired Gilardi as a full-time assistant coach in 2006. In his new role, Gilardi assisted newly-named Ohio State head coach Nick Myers with the instruction of the offense that turned out three All-Americans, eight All-GWLL selections and 2008 GWLL Player of the Year Kevin Buchanan during his tenure. In addition to helping develop and install offensive schemes, Gilardi was responsible for the Buckeyes' faceoff and wing play, as well as breaking down game and practice film and creating scouting reports. He was involved in all aspects of recruiting, developing instructional camps and coaching clinics and implemented a Junior Recruit Day program.
A two-time All-Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) selection, Gilardi helped guide Ohio State to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003 after winning a share of the conference title. A year later, the Buckeyes earned their second-consecutive NCAA Tournament berth by way of claiming their first outright GWLL title with a 5-0 record. Anchored by his co-captain Gilardi, who was one of the top point producers (41) and assist (24) men in the country in `04, Breschi's Buckeyes turned in a 12-4 record, the most wins by the program since 1998. Ironically, one of their 12 wins was against a Navy team who would go on to win a school-record 15 games and earn a date with Syracuse in 2004 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship.
Gilardi, who was named Ohio State's offensive MVP in 2004, stands 13th on the school's all-time scoring list with 133 points on 75 goals and 58 assists. Meanwhile, his 58 assists are the ninth most by a Buckeye.
While he was cited multiple times for his play on the field, Gilardi also was recognized for his success in the classroom. A three-time scholar-athlete selection, he received Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2003 and `04. He earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in History in 2004 and was the recipient of the prestigious Corwin A. Fergus Postgraduate Scholar-Athlete Scholarship.
Though his collegiate playing days came to an end, Gilardi signed a free-agent contract to play with the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse in 2004. He played with the organization for two seasons.
Active among his coaching peers, Gilardi spoke on the topic of "unsettled offense" at the 2007 Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA).
A native of Baldwin, N.Y., Gilardi and his wife, the former Jessica Coridan, were married on Aug. 8, 2008.