Walter Alessi
Walter Alessi
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-258-5782
Email: waalessi@mit.edu
Year: 40th at MIT
College: Massachusetts '68

Walter Alessi has enjoyed a legendary career at MIT, collecting numerous postseason honors since beginning his Tech voyage in 1975. With a 245-260 record in tote, Alessi ranks first all-time in wins at the Institute by a substantial margin.

The 1995 New England Division III Coach of the Year, Alessi received his eighth Pilgrim League Coach of the Year award in 2009. He was named the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Man of the Year in 2007 for his outstanding years of service. Since then, the honor was renamed “The Alessi Award” and is given out annually at the NEILA East-West All-Star Game. Alessi was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the Lacrosse Foundation in 1999 and was the inaugural recipient of the Vincent Lobello Sportsmanship Award in 1980. He was also a finalist for the USILA Coach of the Year award the same season. In 1977, MIT won the Marster’s Award as the most improved team in New England.

Alessi received a Bachelor’s of Science in physical education from the University of Massachusetts in 1968 and went on to earn Master’s degrees in education from Rhode Island College and University of Massachusetts-Boston. He started his coaching career at Rogers High School and St. George’s School in Middletown, R.I. Upon departing St. George’s, the school named its lacrosse most valuable player award in Alessi’s honor. From 1973-75, he taught and coached at Westwood (Mass.) High School, where he started the lacrosse program on a club basis.

Alessi is currently a member of the ECAC Division III Tournament selection committee. He previously served as the president and then the secretary/treasurer of the NEILA, participated on the New England rating board, and chaired the East-West All-Star Game.

Christopher Rullan
Christopher Rullan
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 1st at MIT
College: MIT '13
Mark Spadafora
Mark Spadafora
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 6th at MIT
College: MIT '08

Mark Spadafora is currently in his sixth year as a defensive coordinator for the MIT men's lacrosse team. A four-year starter on defense and two-time captain for the Engineers, he was named to the Pilgrim Lacrosse League All-Academic Team on three occasions. Spadafora was also a four-year member of the offensive line on MIT's football team and was served as a captain during his senior season.

Spadafora graduated from MIT in 2008 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Mike Ting
Mike Ting
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 2nd at MIT
College: McGill University '12

Mike Ting enters his second season as an assistant coach with the MIT men's lacrosse team. A 2012 graduate of McGill University, he was a two-time captain during his five-year stint in the midfield for the Redmen and earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Ting's previous coaching experience includes the Dawson College High School in Montreal and the Sudbury Youth Lacrosse League in his hometown of Sudbury, Mass. With the Engineers, his responsibilities will be focused on instructing the offense.