Steve Manitta was named the school's first head men's lacrosse coach in October of 2008.
Manitta will take the reigns and spend the remainder of 2008-09 recruiting and laying the groundwork for the team. The Mavericks will begin competition in 2009-10 in the East Coast Conference (ECC), traditionally one of the strongest NCAA Division II conferences in the nation.
Manitta served as the head boys lacrosse coach at Chatham High School (NJ) from 2001-08. He was the winningest coach in program history, compiling a 115-47 record. During his tenure he coached five All-American players, including 2008 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Player of the Year Peter Coleman. In his first season, he produced the first state-ranked team in school history and reached No. 7 in the state in 2006.
In 2002, Manitta guided his team to an appearance in the quarterfinals of the New Jersey State Championships. He was rewarded with Waterman Division Coach of the Year honors while also being tabbed Coach of the Year by the Star Ledger and the Daily Record.
Manitta notched his 100th career win in 2005. He went on to lead Chatham High School to back-to-back Iron Hills Conference titles in 2007 and 2008, earning NJSIAA Coach of the Year honors in 2007 followed by New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Association (NJILCA) and Fitch Division Coach of the Year honors in 2008. He also recorded his 100th win with the Cougars and guided the team to a No. 4 ranking in the state. Manitta was selected to coach the Gill Gibbs Senior All-Star Game twice (2002, 2008).
Manitta also brings a wealth of experience with U.S. Lacrosse and International Lacrosse, coaching since 1998. During his tenure he has created rosters of elite players from northwest New Jersey. Manitta has coached numerous all-stars from Morris County and directed the squad to 11 straight Garden State Challenge Games championships.
Prior to his time at Chatham High School, Manitta was the head coach at Roxbury High School in Succasunna, NJ from 1993-2000. He built the program into a state tournament participant in his third year and made yearly appearances in the Morris County Tournament.
A native of Fulton, NY, Manitta played at S.U.N.Y Morrisville, earning All-Region honors as a midfielder in 1989. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in business management from Nyack College. He and his wife Kimberly, a teacher in the Somerset Hills School District, have two children - Teddy (4) and Colin (2).
Prospective student-athletes interested in men's lacrosse at Mercy can contact coach Manitta at 914-610-8921 or firstname.lastname@example.org.