Just a few days after the PLL announced the six team names, logo’s, and identities for the inaugural 2019 season, the league has announced the coaching staffs for each of those teams. The six head coaches were originally announced back in the fall, but now we know what team they will lead.
The head coach for the Redwoods will be Nat St. Laurent. His assistant coaches will be Dom Marzano and Todd McFarlane. St. Laurent has served as the head coach of DIII Ohio Northern since their inaugural season in 2016. St. Laurent has also been an assistant coach for the MLL’s Ohio Machine. Marzno has been the head coach at DIII Capital for the past two seasons and McFarlane has been an assistant at Penn and Maryland, most recently serving as a head coach at the high school level.
Leading the Whipsnakes as head coach will be Jim Stagnitta. Mike Murphy and Brian Grady will be assistant coaches for the Whipsnakes. Stagnitta was the head coach at Rutgers and took them to two NCAA tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004. Stagnitta was a head coach at DIII schools Washington & Lee as well as Arcadia. Stagnitta also served a the head coach for the MLL’s Denver Outlaws in 2012 and coached the Charlotte Hounds, stepping down in the fall. Mike Murphy is the current head coach at the Hill School and has coaches at the college level for 22, most recently as the head coach at Colgate. Grady is an assistant coach at DII Chestnut Hill and has also spent time at VMI and Rutgers.
The head coach for the Atlas will be John Paul, with Jason Lamb and Chris Kolon serving as assistant coaches. John Paul was the very first head coach at Michigan. Paul coached them during their transition from club to the NCAA level. Paul coached at Michigan as a DI program from 2012-2017, and also coached them when they were still a club team. Lamb is the Head Coach and Athletic Director at Southern Virginia, and has 20 years of coaching experience under his belt. Kolon is the head coach at Detroit Mercy and currently in his fifth season in that position, and eleventh year with the Titans all together.
Leading the Chaos will be Andy Towers as the head coach, with Ryan Curtis and Matt Panetta being the assistant coaches. Andy Towers played at Brown, two years under Starsia, from 1991-1994. Towers would get his first head coaching job at Hartford where he was at the helm for just one season in 2004. Towers then served as the head coach of Dartmouth from 2010-2014. Curtis is the head coach at the Westminster School and was previously the head coach at Vermont. Panetta has played professionally and has multiple decades of college and pro coaching under his belt.
Dom Starsia will be the head coach of the Chrome, with Bob Deegan and John Walker as assistant coaches. Dom Starsia is a legend among our game. Starsia played at Brown from 1970-1974. Starsia would become the coach at Brown in 1982. Starsia would serve in that role until he left for Virginia after the 1992 season. Starsia really made his legacy at Virginia, where he coached from 1993-2016. Starsia led the Cavaliers to four national championships. In 1999, 2003, 2006, and 2011 Starsia would lead the Cavaliers to national championships. Starsia has spent the last few seasons as an assistant for the MLL’s Boston Cannons. Deegan has coached for 35 years at West Genesee HS under the legend Mike Messere. Walker has been an assistant coach ain college at Princeton and Virginia.
The Archers will be led by Chris Bates as their head coach, with Tony Resch and Brian Kavanagh as assistant coaches. Chris Bates saw his first head coaching experience at Drexel. Bates would then take over at Princeton where he served as head coach from 2009-2016. Most recently, Bates was the head coach at a high school, Episcopal Academy (PA). Resch is the associate head coach at La Salle HS in Philadelphia where he has won 4 championships, he has also coahced at the pro and college level. Kavanagh is an assistant at Vermont and has been in the coaching ranks since he graduated from Princeton five years ago.