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Acquaviva Named Assistant Coach

Acquaviva Named Assistant Coach

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State University head men's lacrosse coach Andy German announced the addition of Nick Acquaviva as assistant coach Monday afternoon.

Acquaviva brings six years of NCAA coaching experience to Cleveland, including helping two different programs to national rankings.

"I'm thrilled to welcome Nick to the Viking lacrosse family," German said. "His experience as a player along with his experience coaching across all divisions of college lacrosse will be a huge asset to our program."

Acquaviva served as the volunteer assistant at Colgate last season under first-year head coach Matt Karweck. He coached the goaltenders and the man-down unit and helped the Raiders to a win over No. 10 Syracuse in his first game on staff.

Prior to that, he spent two seasons as an assistant at SUNY Cortland, where he served as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. He helped the Red Dragons to a 29-9 record in two seasons. Cortland reached the NCAA Quarterfinals with Acquaviva's assistance in 2017 and won the SUNYAC Tournament the following season to reach the NCAA Tournament again. Acquaviva helped Red Dragon players to seven All-America honors in his time on staff.

Acquaviva also had stints as an assistant coach/defensive coordinator at both Pfeiffer University, where he helped the Falcons to national rankings in both 2015 and 2016, and Lycoming College, where he started his coaching career in 2013.

"As I said when we elevated Coach Bertrams, my goal is to surround our team with people who care, who work hard and who are willing to put our players before themselves," German said. "I have no doubt that our program got better today, and I am excited to have Nick on board as we begin the next phase of Viking lacrosse."

Acquaviva was a two-time all-conference honoree in the cage for New England College. In his final season, he led the Pilgrims to their first North Atlantic Conference championship in program history and was subsequently named NAC Tournament MVP. In his career, he made 74 starts in goal and finished with 789 saves and a .583 save percentage.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Acquaviva earned a Bachelor of Science degree from New England College in 2011.