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Lehigh went 10-5 and reached the Patriot League semifinals under Kevin Cassese in 2023.

Kevin Cassese Joins Virginia Staff as Offensive Coordinator

June 19, 2023
USA Lacrosse Magazine Staff
Rich Barnes

Kevin Cassese, Lehigh’s head men’s lacrosse coach for the past 16 seasons, is leaving Bethlehem to join Lars Tiffany’s staff at Virginia, according to a report from Inside Lacrosse. Cassese confirmed the move to IL’s Matt Kinnear.

Cassese will replace Sean Kirwan — who left UVA to be Dartmouth’s next head coach — as the Cavaliers’ offensive coordinator. He will also be UVA’s associate head coach.

Lehigh advanced to the Patriot League semifinals in 2023 and finished the season 10-5. Lehigh had the No. 17 scoring offense in the country last season at 13.73 goals per game. Virginia was first (17.24).

“For me, it was simply the right time for a change and the right time for a new challenge on my career path,” Cassese told Inside Lacrosse.

Cassese and Tiffany have history on the same staff at Stony Brook, where Tiffany was the head coach from 2005-06. Cassese served as his assistant in his first coaching job out of college. At Duke, Cassese was an All-American and won the McLaughlin Award as the nation’s top midfielder in 2002.

Cassese was on the U.S. men’s national team that won a gold medal in 2002 and was on the U.S. team that earned silver in 2006.


Inside Lacrosse and Chris Jastrzembski both report that Will Scudder, who has spent 10 years as an assistant at Lehigh, will be named the next head coach of the Mountain Hawks. He is a Lehigh alum and a former captain who has served as a defensive coordinator under Cassese.