Stagnitta Steps Down as Hounds Head Coach

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Charlotte Hounds head coach Jim Stagnitta has stepped down from his position, according to the franchise. Stagnitta leaves Charlotte after being at the helm of the Hounds for three seasons. He is also the winningest coach in Charlotte Hounds history with a 21-21 record. Stagnitta led the Hounds to their second ever playoff appearance in 2016 and a franchise best 4-0 start in 2018.

Hounds general manager Mike Cerino said, "The Hounds would like to thank Coach Stagnitta for three seasons of dedicated service to the Hounds organization and the MLL."

Prior to being the head coach of the Hounds Stagnitta was an assistant and head coach in the college game and in the MLL. Stagnitta led the Denver Outlaws to the MLL Championship game in 2012 where they would lose to the Chesapeake Bayhawks. He was also an assistant under Stan Ross with the Florida Launch in 2014.

Stagnitta's first time as a head coach was at DIII Washington & Lee where he was at the helm of the Generals for 12 seasons and led them to five NCAA tournament appearances. Stagnitta was the head coach at Rutgers where he took theme to back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances in 2003 and 2004. He would resign from his position at Rutgers after the 2011 season, his tenth as head coach. Stagnitta's most recent college stops include being the head coach at DIII Arcadia and an assistant at Penn.

Recently Stagnitta has taken a job as the Select National Director & Recruiting Constant with the Mad Dog Lacrosse Club which operates in California and New Jersey. Speculations about Stagnitta going to the PLL have obviously surfaced over the past few hours due to the recent changes in the professional lacrosse landscape.

The Charlotte Hounds have stated that they are currently interviewing candidates for the head coaching position and a successor will be announced in the near future.