Head Coach Marc Paolini

Hired to be the Huskies Head Coach following 3 seasons as UConn's defensive coordinator, the team has seen marked improvement during Coach Paolini'€s tenure.
 
In his first year as the UConn head coach, Paolini guided the Huskies to an 11-3 record and #17 ranking in the Under Armour MCLA coaches poll. A total of 8 UConn players earned all-conference recognition at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

In his time leading the defense Paolini has produced multiple Defensive All-Conference Players, two Defensive Player of the Year winners and All-Americans. Under Paolini UConn teams have consistently ranked near the top of the nation in Goals Against Average, highlighted by the 2013 and 2016 seasons where the Huskies finished ranked among the top 10 defenses in the MCLA.
 
A defensive standout at Daniel Hand High School located in Madison, CT as well as a team captain and three year starter, Paolini went on to
coach his alma mater where he would be named Associate Head Coach. 

Paolini was promoted to Head Coach in 2015 after Paul Scordato stepped down after four seasons. "I hope to build upon the work of Coach Scordato and continue to make our team something the alumni and university can be proud of,” said Paolini. "What the team did this past season was historic. We want to continue that success and turn it into a standard that we work towards every season."

Assistant Coach John O'Leary


John O’Leary joined the UConn Men's Lacrosse team for the 2011-12 season. Coach O’Leary has led the Huskies offense while also assisting with the face-off unit. In 2015, UConn won their first ever PCLL conference tournament title and made their first ever appearance in the 16 team MCLA National Championship that was held in Southern California.
 
In addition to his coaching experience, O’Leary brings several years of camp instruction to the team from both Team 203 and Progression Lacrosse in Connecticut. He has served as the Assistant Director of lacrosse at the Greylock sports camp in Becket, MA where he was responsible for running all aspects of an eight-week summer program. He has also served as the Head Coach for the north squad twice in the Nutmeg State Games leading players from Glastonbury, West Hartford, and Newington to the Silver and Bronze medals. 
 
Prior to coaching at UConn, O’Leary was a four-year starter on attack at St. Anselm’s College, compiling 92 goals and 127 points in his career placing him fifth all-time. A standout player, O’Leary led Saint Anselm to their best season on record his junior year when the team went 11-3. The Hawks advanced to their first ever NE-10 Conference Final Four appearance that same season. He was a two-time NE-10 All-Conference selection and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Anselm along with an MBA from the University of Hartford.
 
Coach O’Leary comes from a strong family of lacrosse: his younger
brother, Brian, was also a two-time NE-10 All-Conference selection on
attack at St. Anselm’s College who remains the all-time leader in
assists with 152 and is second all-time in career points with 210.
O’Leary is an associate faculty member at Post University and adjunct at the University of Hartford. He resides in Glastonbury with his wife Sarah and their daughter Ellie.
 

Assistant Coach Jeff Lombardo

First year Head Coach Marc Paolini has announced the hiring of Jeff
Lombardo as assistant coach.  Coach Lombardo and Coach Paolini have a long history, having coached together at Daniel Hand High School from 2004-2012 as Head Coach and Associate Head Coach, respectively.
 
Since 2008 Coach Lombardo's teams have made the Connecticut HS State Championship tournament every year. He has coached multiple All-State and All-Conference players and his athletes have gone on to play at schools such as Syracuse, Sienna, Michigan and Qunnipiac.
 
 "Coach Lombardo and I worked together at Hand for almost a decade," said Paolini, "he understands our way of coaching as well as anyone. He gets it...there are a lot of guys that understand this game but not all of them know what it takes to win. He has that combination. He knows our vision for this program and how to help us get there."
 
Coach Lombardo is a Middletown native and a graduate of Xavier HS ('88) and the father of three. Coach Lombardo has been coaching high school boys lacrosse since 1993 and has been both a jv and varsity coach at Xavier HS, Daniel Hand HS in Madison, and Avon HS.  He has also coached summer club lacrosse for a number of programs he is currently the Co-Director of Wounded Warrior Project Lacrosse - Team CT.  In addition to high school lacrosse, Coach Lombardo has been involved in Madison Youth Lacrosse, Middletown Youth Lacrosse, and clinics for coaches and players.