Todd Cavallaro enters his 13th season as the head coach of the Franklin & Marshall men’s lacrosse team in 2019. He was named the 15th coach in the program’s history on July 30, 2007.
Since taking over in 2008, Cavallaro has compiled a 118-71 record that includes nine winning campaigns and a 52-18 mark over the past four years.
With a 21-8 victory over Elizabethtown on March 17, 2018, Cavallaro became just the second coach in program history to win the 100-win plateau, joining Ross Sachs who compiled a 160-112 record from 1967-87.
During his tenure, Cavallaro has seen his players collect 21 All-America honors, including six in 2018 – good for the most in a season in program history.
Cavallaro took the program to new heights in 2017 as the Diplomats climbed as high as No. 10 in the national rankings courtesy of a lengthy regular-season win streak, capturing its first-ever Centennial Conference (CC) Championship, advancing to the NCAA Third Round, and in the process, setting a program record for wins in a season with 16. Cavallaro was recognized by his peers as the CC Coach of the Year for the second time, while also being named the ECAC Coach of the Year.
Cavallaro came to Franklin & Marshall after five seasons as the head assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania. With Cavallaro as the Offensive Coordinator, the Quakers advanced to the NCAA playoffs in 2004 after a 17-year absence from NCAA postseason competition. The 2006 edition of Penn lacrosse also worked its way into the Division I Championship Tournament.
A 1994 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Cavallaro was a four-year starter and two-year captain for the Blue Jays. He immediately jumped into the coaching ranks, spending four seasons on the sidelines as the Head Assistant Coach and Offensive Coordinator at Washington College (Md.), where he helped the Shoremen to the 1996, 1997, and 1998 NCAA Division III Championship games.
Following the 1998 season at Washington, Cavallaro was named the Offensive Coordinator at his alma mater. While coaching at Hopkins, the Jays advanced to the Final Four in 1999 and 2000. He also continued in his role of supervising the academic progress of the Hopkins’ roster, a role he first assumed while coaching at Washington.
Following his stint at Johns Hopkins, Cavallaro moved on to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), where he spent three seasons as the Head Assistant Coach and Offensive Coordinator at North Carolina before departing for Penn. In addition to his experiences in the collegiate ranks, Cavallaro has directed numerous lacrosse camps.
As a player, Cavallaro earned numerous awards including the Turnball Reynolds Award, given to the Johns Hopkins player who best exemplifies the spirit of team play, sportsmanship, and leadership. In 1994, he earned the Sydney G. Erlanger Award, presented to the outstanding senior on Hopkins’ lacrosse roster, and was named to the Division I South All-Star Team.
Cavallaro is a native of Corning, NY, and played his high school lacrosse at Corning East where he led his team to the 1990 state championship. His prowess on the lacrosse field landed him in the Corning-Painted Post Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2006, he was inducted into the New York Section IV Sports Hall of Fame. Cavallaro currently resides in Lancaster, Pa. with wife Michelle and daughter’s Avery and Kendall.
- Current Head Coach at Franklin and Marshall College
- 5 years experience as Head Assistant Coach and Offensive Coordinator in the Ivy League
- 2 years experience as Head Assistant Coach and Offensive Coordinator in the ACC
- 2 years experience as Offensive Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University
- 4 years experience as Head Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator at Washington College
Lacrosse Accolades as a player
- NY State High School Champions (Corning East HS)
- MVP of the New York State Championship Game
- Two-time captain of the Western Empire State Games
- Recipient of the Shawn P Corcoran Memorial Award
- Selected to High School North/South Game
- Two Final Fours and Captain at Johns Hopkins University
- Selected to the Division I North/South Game
- Turnball Reynolds Award: Exemplifies Team Play, Sportsmanship, and Leadership, Johns Hopkins
- Sydney G. Erlanger Award: Outstanding Senior, Johns Hopkins University
- Inducted into the Corning-Painted Post Hall of Fame
- Inducted into the Section IV New York State Hall of Fame
- Selected to the Club North/South Game
Lacrosse Accolades as a coach
- 1996 runner-up in the National Championship Game
- 1997 runner-up in the National Championship Game
- 1998 Division III National Champions
- Four Division I playoff appearances
- Two Division I Final Four appearances
- Director of the All-Star Lacrosse Camps Nation Wide
- 2013 Centennial Conference (CC) Coach of the Year
- 2017 CC Coach of the Year, ECAC Coach of the Year
- 2017 Centennial Championship