Woodstock High School has named Coach Pete Manderano as head coach for its men’s lacrosse program.
Coach Manderano has coached lacrosse for 12 years in Georgia, including four years at the collegiate level, and is a five-time Coach of the Year in Cobb County. The School Board earlier this month approved hiring him to teach social studies at Woodstock HS beginning next school year.
“The future is bright for our Woodstock High School lacrosse program,” Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Tonya Sebring said. “Coach Manderano brings the work ethic, experience and pedigree to build a championship program. We are excited to welcome Coach Manderano and his family into the Wolverine community.”
He was the first men’s lacrosse head coach at Riverwood High School, where he started its program in 2004. After two years at Riverwood, Manderano moved to Lassiter High School and, during his five-year tenure, his teams earned a record of 78-23 and competed for three State Championships (2006, 2007, and 2010). In 2006, The Trojans brought home the trophy and were notably the first public high school to win a Georgia High School Association State Championship; and he coached three U.S. Lacrosse All American players and multiple All State players.
Coach Manderano left Lassiter to start the Men’s Lacrosse Program at Piedmont College, a Division III program, where he coached four years. He returned to high school coaching at Kell High School, and just completed his second season as its men’s lacrosse head coach. During the past two years, the Longhorns have earned a record of 25-9; this past season, his team advanced to the post season earning its first program playoff win in school history.
A three-year starter on the Fairport (NY) High School football team, Coach Manderano and the team won two Section V Championships; he also played lacrosse for three years, earning the captain title his senior year. After high school, he spent two seasons playing linebacker at the University of Buffalo.
Coach Manderano and his wife, Leah, have two children, Kaitlyn, 10, and William, 6.