Michael Cintineo will step in for Tuley as the boys’ lacrosse coach, while Andy Osborn will replace Strougo as the girls’ coach.
Cintineo, who coached this past season at Duluth, has a long history with the game. He was a member of the tam at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School in New York before going on to play at Ithaca College and SUNY Geneseo.
In his only season as coach at Duluth, he coached the Wildcats to a 9-8 record.
Tuley, who is stepping down to further his education with the goal of becoming an administrator, was involved in the hiring process. He believes Cintineo is a good fit for the program at Etowah.
“I took over the lacrosse program with the goal of building the program up and then turning it over to someone that has played college lacrosse and that could obviously offer the experience from playing the game that I don’t have,” said Tuley. “I built everything up to that point and everything came together with the chance for me to go back to school and put the program in the hands of a person who can move it to the level of being competitive with the other great programs in the state.”
Athletic director Robert VanAlystyne and principal Keith Ball have been supportive of the transition. Cintineo will be meeting with returning players, parents and the booster club next week.
“It should be a real smooth transition,” said Tuley. “That was one of the reasons that I told them I was stepping down before the season even started so we had a whole year to search for a replacement and I feel we got the best available candidate.”
Osborn, who met with the returning members of the Lady Eagles, is also a veteran of the game. While he didn’t play on his high school team or in college, he was active in youth lacrosse and was the first coach at Sprayberry when the school started a program in 2005.
Strougo, who is stepping down to spend more time at home with his three young children, believes the program will be in good hands.
Osborn said he is excited to take over a program in an area that has a growing interest in lacrosse, however moving from Class AAAAA to Class AAAAAA will provide an extra challenge.
“There is tons of potential there,” said Osborn. “I think it will be very different and exciting, but also daunting. I’m up for it. I can’t wait to get started.”
While the Lady Eagles have established themselves as the top girls team in the county, there is a lot of room to grow. Osborn looks at the youth program as a way to foster growth in Towne Lake.
“I’m really interested in how new the youth program is and looking forward to getting that kicked up,” said Osborn.