COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Athletics has found the new leader of its men’s lacrosse program. Former Wilmington College head coach and current Ohio Machine assistant Dom Marzano will become the second head coach in Capital Men’s Lacrosse history, effective immediately.
Marzano, 32, brings with him a wealth of experience at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. A Hilliard, Ohio native, Marzano comes to Capital after spending the last four years building Wilmington Men’s Lacrosse from the ground up and enjoying success in the program’s early years. In four seasons at the helm for the Fightin’ Quakers, Marzano collected an overall record of 23-37.
“I would that to thank Dr. (Steve) Bruning and the Capital community for selecting me to lead the men’s lacrosse program,” said Marzano. “I am looking forward to getting back into my hometown and leading our motivated young men at this great university.”
Director of Athletics and Recreation, Dr. Steve Bruning said, “We are very excited to welcome Dom Marzano as the next leader of the Capital men’s lacrosse program. Coach Marzano’s values, work ethic, and leadership qualities will provide the kind of leadership Capital needs in order to continue our success in men’s lacrosse. I am very optimistic for the future of Capital men’s lacrosse, and I am excited to see how Coach Marzano will prepare our student-athletes for competition and life.”
Marzano is also in the midst of a deep playoff run as an assistant coach with the Ohio Machine, a member of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), located in Columbus. The Machine finished in a seven-way tie for first place at 8-6 overall, and has advanced to its first MLL championship game. Ohio holds a spot in the league’s top-3 in team shot attempts, shooting percentage, faceoffs won, and faceoff percentage. They house two of the top four goal scorers in the MLL and have surrendered the third-fewest goals per game (12.76). He also spent his first two years with the team as its operations manager while assisting on the field.
- Dr. Steve Bruning, Director of Athletics and Recreation
In his time at Wilmington, Marzano has helped coach four All-OAC selections, including two honorable mention picks in 2016. With his tutelage, midfielder Jalen Jackson serves as Wilmington’s only two-time all-conference pick and it’s only first team All-OAC selection, which was had in the league’s first season to sponsor lacrosse. Marzano has also helped eight of his student-athletes acquire Academic All-OAC status.
“I want to continue what these men have started and build on their early successes,” said Marzano. “The goal is to stay consistent year after year, and win OAC championships. This team has proven that it can play with anybody in the conference and the region, and I am looking forward to getting out there and start working toward achieving our goals.”
In addition to being the head coach of the Quakers, Marzano also served as advisor to the College’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and staff council.
Marzano also holds coaching responsibilities with some of the top club lacrosse programs in Ohio. Since 2013, he has played a role as coach and league coordinator with Max Elite in Upper Arlington, Ohio. He also spends his summers as camp and clinic coach for Resolute Lacrosse in Columbus.
His first coaching opportunity came from his high school alma mater, Hilliard Davidson High School (Hilliard, Ohio) where he spent two seasons as an assistant coach from 2007-09. In those three years, they went from a winless program to a top-10 team in Ohio under 2009 OHSLA D1 Coach of the Year, Jason Godwin. Marzano then undertook his first startup project at Hilliard Bradley High School in 2009 where he helped build the program into a regional success. As a second-year program, they featured a seven-game turnaround and advanced to the regional semifinals.
Marzano’s playing career was spent at Wheeling Jesuit University (Division II) in Wheeling, W.Va. He was a four-year starter and two-time captain as a midfielder and attackman from 2003 to 2006. He graduated as the program’s career assist leader and still holds the single-season assists-per-game record (3.82). As a senior, he finished seventh in the nation in points per game and was the national leader in assists per game and total assists (42).
Marzano graduated from Wheeling Jesuit in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in history with a specialization in education. He and his wife, Tracie, reside in Grove City, Ohio with their dog Macie.