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Joe Amplo

2023 U.S. Men's Staff


Assistant Coach


Head Coach, Navy


Severna Park, Md.

Joe Amplo returned to the U.S. men's team coaching staff after serving as the defensive coordinator for the gold-medal winning 2018 world championship team.

Joe Amplo enters his second season as the head coach of the Navy men’s lacrosse program after being introduced as the ninth head coach of the Midshipmen on June 5, 2019.

Amplo has established himself as one of the premier head coaches in the sport after building the Marquette program from the ground up. He led the Golden Eagles to consecutive BIG EAST Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017, while also guiding MU to at least the BIG EAST semifinals in five of its six seasons competing as a member of the conference.

Amplo came to Marquette with 11 years of collegiate coaching experience, 10 of which came at his alma mater, Hofstra University. He served as associate head coach with the Pride for three years and was the team’s defensive coordinator.

During his time at Hofstra, Amplo participated in 11 NCAA Championships, three as a student-athlete and eight as a coach, the most recent of which was in 2011. That year, Hofstra had the nation’s No. 1 defense, boasting the lowest goals-against average in the country.

He joined the Hofstra coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 1999 and remained there until 2001 when he took an assistant coaching position at Penn. After one season with the Quakers, Amplo returned to Long Island where he remained through the 2011 season.

In his first stint with Hofstra, Amplo worked under then-head coach John Danowski, now the coach of three-time NCAA Champion Duke University.

Following his return to Hofstra in 2003, the Pride posted a 76-49 record and advanced to five NCAA Championships.

As a student-athlete at Hofstra, he was an All-America East performer as a senior in 1999 when he started all 16 games and led the school to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship. He played in 58 games in his career and notched 91 ground balls, 40 of which came during his senior season. Amplo graduated from Hofstra in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in geography and earned a master’s degree in college student counseling.