Rich Petillo is entering his fourth season at the helm of the Mitchell College men's lacrosse program in 2018-19.
Petillo made his collegiate head coaching debut with the Mariners in 2016, leading the team to a 3-1 record in league play and a total of five wins on the season. Mitchell secured the second seed in the NECC Championship and produced five all-conference selections, including three first teamers and the NECC Goalie of the Year.
Prior to his arrival at Mitchell, Petillo served as a volunteer assistant coach at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. In addition to duties with both the offensive and faceoff units, he also spearheaded the Hawks’ recruiting efforts for two seasons.
Before arriving at Hartwick, Petillo was the head varsity lacrosse coach at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, N.Y. Prior to that, he was an assistant lacrosse coach with Sachem North High School.
A Long Island native, Petillo was an all-county defenseman for the Sachem High School lacrosse team that won a state championship in 1979. He continued his career at Hofstra University where he was a four-year starter on the lacrosse team and a three-year starter on the football team. He also served as a captain of both squads.
Petillo, who earned a degree in business computer information systems from Hofstra, is a retired police officer who served 23 years for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. He currently resides with his wife, Jeanine, and has three sons—all of whom have played lacrosse at the college level—and two daughters.
Aaron Cohen spent six years as the head coach for the boys varsity program at Avon High School before becoming a volunteer assistant at Mitchell College for the 2019 season.
Cohen graduated from and played lacrosse at Division I Hofstra University. He has also served on the Avon Youth Lacrosse Board and coached for the past seven years in the Avon Youth Lacrosse program. In addition to his duties with Avon High School he plays an integral role with Poseidon Lacrosse, which is an established elite club lacrosse program in the western part of Connecticut. Cohen is also trained as an EMT and is a member of the ski-instructor/emergency response team at Ski Sundown.