Coach Frank Ritacco is a graduate of Southern Regional High School where he was a standout football player, as well as a member of the Rams’ founding lacrosse season in his sophomore year. He is well-known for his leadership skills, quick footwork, speed, hand/eye coordination and balance. It’s these traits that helped him achieve various records & achievements throughout his athletic career, including being recognized on the list of SRHS Football all-time rushing leaders, in addition to receiving the SRHS 2004 Dunfee-Drappi Football Player of the Year.
Additionally, he was named Southern’s first-ever lax squad’s captain – continuing in the role his junior and senior season while serving as the team’s stalwart goalkeeper.
It was during this time Ritacco was able to sharpen his skills to help propel Southern to state playoffs as a first-year team. In that same first season, he proved to be a natural with 265 saves – creating multiple school records. With his team, Ritacco holds the state record for the longest lacrosse game ever played – May 14th, 2004. Southern Regional beat Toms River North, 5-4, in the 15th period. In this game, he held a shutout for 11-straight sudden death periods. This game is also recognized as the second- longest ever played in the nation. (http://laxrecords.com/overtimes-boys-lacrosse-history/).
After deciding to take his collegiate sports career in a different direction, Ritacco revisited the game of lacrosse when an opportunity arose at Donovan Catholic High School to take over as the women’s varsity lacrosse goalie coach. This led him to follow up with various coaching opportunities at Southern and Pinelands Regional, over the years. Throughout his coaching career, Ritacco has blended his offensive-style goalie mentality, which helped him reach his level of success, to fit the mold of the women’s varsity game. With his extreme focus on footwork, hand-eye coordination, and balance, he has helped create award winning seasons for multiple lacrosse players across Ocean County.
Ritacco will serve as a goalkeeper coach and specialist with the Phoenix Elite Lacrosse group.