BALTIMORE- UMBC alum Steve Settembrino has been named assistant men's lacrosse coach at his alma mater, it was announced today by Retriever head coach Don Zimmerman.
Settembrino competed as a defenseman for the Retrievers from 2005-09 and was a part of four consecutive squads that competed in the NCAA Tournament. He earned the team's Unsung Hero award after his senior campaign.
The Yorktown Heights, N.Y. native saw action in 35 games in his first three seasons, but started at close defense in all 16 contests in 2009. UMBC allowed only 8.14 goals per game that season, good for eighth in the nation in goals against average in the regular season and Settembrino finished second on that squad with eight caused turnovers.
He was selected to compete in the 68th Annual USILA North-South Game in May of 2009.
Settembrino has risen quickly through the coaching ranks since earning his bachelor's degree in American studies. He served as an assistant coach at Arlington (Va.) High School in 2010 and then spent two stellar campaigns as an assistant coach at Mercyhurst (Pa.) College. He helped guide the Lakers to an NCAA Division II national title in 2011 and an undefeated regular season in 2012. Nationally, Settembrino's defensive units were ranked fourth (5.6 goals against per game) and second (5.2) respectively in his two campaigns in Erie.
Settembrino earned a master's degree in special education at Mercyhurst in 2013.
He returned to his home state in 2012-13 as an assistant coach/defensive coordinator at Binghamton University. The Bearcat defense led the America East Conference in scoring defense and led the nation in man-down defense at 86.2 percent.
Settembrino also served as recruiting coordinator during his stint in Vestal.
"We are delighted to have Steve Settembrino return to UMBC as a member of our men's lacrosse coaching staff," said Zimmerman. "Steve has proven to be a highly effective coach and mentor during stints at both at Mercyhurst and Binghamton. He is respected by his colleagues for his passion for teaching and knowledge of the game of lacrosse. As a former Retriever, Steve has the admiration and support of our alums. All in all, Steve is a great fit for our program and everyone is excited for him to be back on campus."