Coach Cardillo started playing lacrosse for Coach John Gallucci at Montville High School in New Jersey. He started as a goalie on the freshman team and continued playing goalie through his junior year for the program. Coach Cardillo switched to defense his senior year of high school, helping to lead Montville to one of the top ranked defensive teams in the state. Coach Cardillo would continue his career playing for the club team at University of Massachusetts where he was captain of the team. Coach Cardillo has been coaching for travel and youth lacrosse programs in the region for the past five years, helping both grow the game at the youth level and working with high level travel teams with the YLS, 919, and Team 91 Carolina programs.