Boston College Men’s Lacrosse Announces New Head Coach

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts – September 11, 2014 – Joining the Eagles for his first year as Head coach, Peter Sessa brings a vast coaching experience at the collegiate level as well as having international experience.

“I am extremely excited to become a part the Boston College Community and I would like to thank Emily Charnowski and everyone in the athletic department for the opportunity,” said Sessa. “I look forward to joining such a prestigious academic institution and having the chance to work with the outstanding student-athletes who are a part of the program. Boston College athletics has a deep history of lacrosse and I look forward to building upon that outstanding foundation.”

A 2010 graduate from Springfield College, Sessa’s hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed. He was awarded First Team All-Pilgrim and All-Academic twice as well as two-time Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year. Additionally, as captain of the Pride his senior year, he was named to the All-New England Team.

After graduation Sessa headed overseas serving as the Local Development Officer for the English Lacrosse Association. He coached and played for the Reading Wildcats, where they set a club record of 12 wins. In addition to playing overseas Sessa led three university teams as the Head Coach: the Royal Holloway University, Southampton University and Reading University.

Once back in the United States, Sessa returned to his alma mater for the 2012 season as the Defensive Coordinator, Face-Off and Goalie Coach. That season the Pride’s defense had the 5th best save percentage and 10th best man-down unit in the country. The Pride’s defense came in at #15 in D-III. These accolades were enough for Sessa to be recognized as a Finalist for the IMCLA D-III Outstanding Assistant Coach of the Year Award. Well respected Head Coach of the pride, Keith Bugbee is thrilled to see Sessa join the Eagles.

“Pete is a highly accomplished coach who has been successful at multiple institutions, he has played important roles in all facets of running top collegiate programs. Pete has an outstanding track record of recruiting and developing top-level talent and I am confident he is the perfect person to take Boston College Lacrosse to new heights”

From there, Sessa headed to Saint Leo University were he added the Riding & Clearing roles to his responsibilities. The success continued down in Florida as Saint Leo had the 4th best face-off percentage and 9th best save percentage in D-II during the 2013 season. The results improved even more in the 2014 season under Sessa’s tutelage. He led the top face-off specialist in D-II to a 70% win percentage and a defense that averaged 8.2 goals against per game.

The Newton, MA native has returned back to Boston determined to bring the men’s lacrosse program to new levels. Sessa has deep roots to Boston College, his mother a 1981 alum. Peter resides in Saugus and stills plays competitive lacrosse on Team Bassmassters in the summer months.