>> 2007 & 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year
>> 2012 NEILA Division II Coach of the Year
>> Guided Franklin Pierce to No. 3 ranking in final 2012 NEILA Division II Poll
It would be an understatement to say head coach Rick Senatore has had a major impact on the Franklin Pierce University men's lacrosse program. In fact, it would be tough to put into words what his presence has meant to the program during his first three years at the school.
After an impressive run in the same position at Saint Anselm College, Senatore came to Rindge and inherited a Ravens program in 2010 which had won just 17 total games during its first 12 seasons from 1998-2009. The task to turn around the fortunes of the program was great, but Senatore was up to the challenge.
His experience in college coaching and his passion for the sport of lacrosse has been on display since his arrival on campus, and those traits have helped Senatore turn Franklin Pierce into a competitive program in one of the nation's top Division II conferences (the Northeast-10). Over his first three seasons, Senatore has guided the Ravens to 15 combined wins, the program's first winning season (7-6 in 2012), a top-five finish in the NE-10 standings (2012), two final rankings in the NEILA Division II poll, coached three players who have earned all-conference accolades (including the 2011 NE-10 rookie of the year Eddie Noonan), student-athletes who have set new program records, and a student-athlete who has been selected to compete in a prestigious college all-star game.
TURNING FRANKLIN PIERCE AROUND
In 2012, Senatore guided Franklin Pierce to a 7-6 overall record and a 5-5 mark in the Northeast-10. It marked the program's first winning record and the victory total was the highest for a single season. The Ravens, who were tabbed to finish 10th in the NE-10 preseason poll, ultimately finished in fifth place in the league standings. Franklin Pierce also concluded the campaign ranked third in the final NEILA Division II Poll, which marked the program's highest ranking ever in the regional poll.
The Ravens produced several memorable wins during the season, including an 11-10 triumph at No. 9 Saint Anselm, which was the program's first win over a nationally-ranked opponent. Franklin Pierce also defeated Southern New Hampshire and Pace for the first time in program history.
For his efforts, Senatore was named the NE-10 Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. NEILA also recognized him as its Division II Coach of the Year following the campaign.
Several players succeeded under his mentoring, including senior attackman Jimmy McInnis, who set the program record for career assists with 35, while also being invited to compete in the NEILA East-West All-Star Game, which pitted the top Division I, II & III college players throughout New England. McInnis also succeeded in the classroom by being named to the NEILA All-Academic Team for posting an impressive 3.22 cumulative grade point average in his major of business.
Attackman Eddie Noonan didn't suffer a sophomore slump after an impressive rookie season in 2011. As a second-year player in 2012, Noonan was named to the NEILA All-Division II team after he produced a career-high 31 points, thus becoming just the 10th player in program history to top the 30-point mark in a season. Freshman goalie Don Denman produced a 7-6 record in net (most wins by a goalie for a single season in team history) and was named to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team.
In his second season at Franklin Pierce in 2011, Senatore helped guide Noonan to NE-10 Rookie-of-the-Year honors, while also earning a spot on the league's All-Rookie Team. If that accomplishment wasn't enough, Noonan was then tabbed as NEILA's Division II Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the All-NEILA Second-Team. The honors marked the first major awards in program history. On the team front, the Ravens won their first two games of the season, including a thrilling 9-8 come-from-behind win over Dominican, and jumped into the NEILA Top-5 Poll for just the second time in program history.
In 2010 under Senatore's first-year guidance, Franklin Pierce set a then-program record for overall and conference wins in a single season. The Ravens began the season with four-straight wins and ultimately concluded the campaign ranked fifth in the final edition of the NEILA Poll (at the time the highest ranking in program history). The Ravens proved to be a solid team at home in the friendly-confines of Sodexo Field as they posted a respectable 4-3 record.
Individual honors were also thrown at Franklin Pierce following the season as freshman defender Ben McDannell was named to the Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team.
SUCCESS PRIOR TO COMING TO RINDGE
Senatore came to Franklin Pierce
following three years at fellow Northeast-10 Conference member
Saint Anselm College. He turned around a program which posted a
3-11 record the year prior to his arrival into a program which
earned NE-10 Tournament bids in each of his three seasons,
including a semifinal appearance in 2009.
Senatore led Saint Anselm to winning records both overall and in NE-10 play each of the last two seasons, posting identical 8-7 clips in 2008 and 2009, along with 6-4 and 5-4 marks in conference, respectively. He earned NE-10 Coach-of-the-Year honors in 2007 after the Hawks won four of their last five games, including the first two wins over nationally ranked programs in school history, and was selected to coach the East squad in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-Star Game.
Over his three years at Saint Anselm, 10 players were named All-New England, five All-Northeast-10, four selected for the NEILA Senior All-Star Game and one picked to the NE-10 All-Academic team. Senatore is also active within the NEILA, serving as Division II Poll Committee Leader and Academic All-New England Committee Leader.
Prior to taking over at Saint
Anselm, Senatore served three years as Head Boy’s Lacrosse
Coach at Hopkinton High School. He started the program in 2004 at
the junior varsity level, competing at the varsity level for the
first time in 2005. In the program’s second year at the
varsity level, the Hawks posted a 12-4 record and advanced to the
New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA)
small-school state semifinals. Senatore was named Coach of the Year
in the NHIAA and was selected to coach the New Hampshire Senior
All-Star Team for his efforts.
Senatore is co-founder and director of Granite State Lacrosse, which runs a series of camps, indoor leagues and the New Hampshire Tomahawks Elite Lacrosse Club.
Senatore is a 1991 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, where he played under legendary coach Dick Garber. He was a four-year starting midfielder and helped the Minutemen to four straight NCAA Division 1 Tournament appearances and a Top 10 national ranking in each of those seasons. During his freshman year, he was selected to try-out for the Under 19 US National Team. Senatore was a team captain, named to the Division 1 All-New England Team and was selected to play in the NEILA Senior All-Star Game.
A native of Lindenhurst, N.Y., Senatore played on the prestigious Long Island Empire State Team and was a Newsday All-Long Island selection in football. He currently resides in Bedford, NH with his wife, Valerie and their two children.