Joe Amplo was named the men's lacrosse associate head coach at Stony Brook University in July of 2006. The top assistant coach at Hofstra University for the past four seasons, Amplo is responsible for assisting in all aspects of the Seawolves program.
Amplo arrived at Stony Brook after spending the previous four seasons at Hofstra where he served as the program's defensive and recruiting coordinator. This past spring, he helped guide the Pride to an appearance in the NCAA Men's Lacrosse North Quarterfinals and a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship. Under Amplo's guidance, Hofstra's 2006 defensive unit ranked fourth in the nation and produced three All-Americans and the CAA's Defensive Player of the Year.
An outstanding recruiter of local and national talent, Amplo's last two classes have produced back-to-back CAA Rookie of the Year winners. His defensive units have also had consistent success, ranking among the top 15 in the nation in three of his four seasons, while the 2003 and 2005 squads produced an All-American selection each and several all-conference picks.
Before his time at Hofstra, Amplo spent the 2002 season as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania where he helped guide the team to its first winning season in 13 years and a final national ranking of 15th in the country. His defense finished the season ranked seventh in the nation, while the man-down unit ranked second.
A 2000 graduate of Hofstra with a bachelor of arts degree in geography, Amplo was a four-year letterwinner from 1996-99, helping the Pride to three NCAA appearances while earning first team America East All-Conference honors in 1999. He appeared in 58 games and recorded 91 ground balls during his career, while starting all 16 games and picking up 40 ground balls as a senior when he helped lead the Pride to an appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals.
While at the school, Amplo was elected chairperson of the Hofstra Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and served as a member of the America East SAAC for two years. A member of the Hofstra NCAA Steering Committee, Amplo acted as a student representative during the NCAA certification process of the university's athletic department.
Upon completion of his eligibility, Amplo served as a volunteer assistant coach concentrating on defense for two seasons, helping the team to a pair of NCAA appearances and an America East Championship.
Amplo resides in Babylon with his wife Jennifer and their 13-month old daughter Sophia.