Joe Starsia is in this third season as an assistant coach for the Virginia Cavaliers.
In 2015 under Starsia's tutelage, UVA saw former walk-on Davi Sacco go from unknown to a USILA All-American after a season-ending injury was suffered by preseason first-team All-American Tanner Scales. Sacco led the ACC with 1.53 caused turnovers per game (23 total), which was also good for No. 18 nationally.
During the 2014 season Starsia helped guide Scales to All-America honors after the defenseman led UVA with 22 caused turnovers.
Starsia joined his father's staff in September 2013 after two successful seasons as an assistant coach at Colgate.
Starsia's two-year stint at Colgate was highly successful. The Raiders made one NCAA appearance and Peter Baum won the 2012 Tewaaraton Trophy. While at Colgate, Starsia was the team's coordinator for defense and recruiting.
Colgate finished the 2012 season with a program-best 14 wins and the Red Raiders' highest national ranking at No. 8 in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll after advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals. The team also set a total of 29 individual and team records including 13 program records, 15 Patriot League records and one NCAA single-season record.
Starsia joined the Colgate staff from NCAA DIII Dickinson College, where he served as an assistant coach. He helped lead the Red Devils to back-to-back historic seasons, posting a school-record 17 wins in 2011. The team advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals that season before falling to eventual national champion Salisbury. Dickinson posted a school-best 15-3 record in 2010, and went on to better that mark with the 17-2 campaign in 2011. He also mentored one of his defensemen, John Haire, to All-America honors in both 2010 and 2011.
Prior to coaching at Dickinson, Starsia was a standout defenseman and assistant coach at Lynchburg College. As a player, Starsia and the Hornets won two Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) titles and made three NCAA Tournament appearances. He graduated with a degree in sport management and a minor in English in 2006, and earned a master's of education with an emphasis in educational leadership from Lynchburg College in 2008.
He made the Dean's List in 2004, 2005 and 2006 while also garnering Academic All-ODAC honors each of those years. He was honored by his teammates with the David Zimmer Team Spirit Award in 2003, 2005 and 2006.
During his coaching tenure, Lynchburg advanced to the ODAC final twice, winning the championship in 2008 and finishing second in 2007. He was involved in all aspects of the program, which has a strong tradition in the sport of men's lacrosse.
Starsia and his wife, Pam, currently reside in Charlottesville. The couple has two sons, Dominic and Luigi.
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