|Previous College:||Rutgers '15|
Joe Nardella was announced as an assistant coach for Harvard men's lacrosse on Sept. 14, 2015 and completed his third season on head coach Chris Wojcik's '96 staff in 2018.
During his second season with the Crimson, Harvard went on a six-game win streak in 2018 that included conference wins over Brown and Dartmouth and an overtime victory against Boston University. Morgan Cheek, Joe Lang and Robert Shaw all earned All-Ivy League second team, while Joe Kearney recieved All-Ivy League honorable mention. Four athletes garnered All-New England honors, with Cheek collecting a USILA All-America honorable mention as well as making the Tewaraaton Award watch list.
In Nardella's first season on the sideline Harvard reached the title game of the Ivy League Tournament after knocking off top-seeded and second-ranked Brown in the semifinal, 13-12. That victory was one of three for the Crimson over a nationally ranked opponent, with Harvard also defeating then No. 4 Duke, 14-9, and then No. 20 Villanova, 13-12. The win over the Wildcats came in the season opener in overtime as the Crimson became just the second team in NCAA history to win three-consecutive games in overtime. At the conclusion of the year Bobby Duvnjak (third team), Devin Dwyer (third team), and Joe Lang (honorable mention) were named to the USILA All-America teams, with a total of six individuals garnering All-Ivy League honors.
One of the top faceoff specialists in the nation, Nardella was drafted as a midfielder by the Boston Cannons in the fifth round, 36th overall, of the 2015 Major League Lacrosse Draft. He played in 18 games over his first two seasons and starts on the 2017 squad.
As a senior at Rutgers, Nardella earned All-America third team and Scholar All-America honors. Nardella went 223-of-333 (.670), ranking third in the nation, at the faceoff X and led the Scarlet Knights with 125 ground balls. In addition to being named first team All-Big Ten, Nardella was also named the Big Ten Specialist of the Year.
In 2014, Nardella earned second team All-BIG EAST honors, ranking fifth nationally in faceoff win percentage (.632). Nardella was also named All-BIG EAST while finishing his season ranked fourth in the nation in faceoff win percentage (.622), winning 222-of-357 in faceoff attempts.
Nardella graduated in May of 2015 from Rutgers University with a bachelor degree in economics. He is the founder of the Faceoff Factory.