PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- Lake Erie College Athletic Director Reid Guarnieri announced Thursday (June 26) that Steve Gartelman has been named Head Coach of the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team.
Gartelman will be become the second head coach in program history after serving as the team's graduate assistant coach the past two seasons after a decorated playing career.
"It is a tremendous honor to be the head coach of the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse program," said Gartelman. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to keep the growth of the program on a path towards consistently competing on the national level. In addition to the success of the team, continuing our bond as a family is a priority because that is what has made this team so strong in such a short time. I can't wait for the team to return to campus and start working towards our goals."
"It is with great joy that Lake Erie announces the promotion of Steve Gartelman to head coach of the men's lacrosse program," said Guarnieri. "Clearly Steve's presence on our staff the last couple of years has had a substantial influence on Storm student-athletes and their families. During his time as an assistant coach, he helped bring Storm lacrosse to national prominence with his mind for the game, restless commitment, and upbeat attitude"
In his two years as a graduate assistant, the Storm has emerged as one of the top teams in Division II. In 2013, the Storm peaked at number nine in the national rankings and earned the first bid to the NCAA Championships while three players earned All-American nods.
The Storm won 10 of their final 11 games in 2014, capturing their first ECAC Championship. The Storm defense finished the season allowing just 7.57 goals per game- sixth best in the country. Midfielder Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, Sask./Bishop James Mahoney) and defender Justin Goodwin (New Westminster, B.C./New Westminster Secondary) earned their second-straight All-American honors.
A Seaford, N.Y native, Gartelman played goalie for Division-II Limestone College for three years after transferring from Division-I St. John's University. During his time at Limestone, the Saints made it to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament each season, finishing as the runner-up in 2012. Gartelman earned a pair of All-Conference and Conference Carolinas All-Tournament Team selections and finished his career with a 44-6 record.
In addition to his collegiate career, Gartelman has served as the Director of the Cleveland Region for True Lacrosse and coached for True Lacrosse in their Pittsburgh Region. He also served as a volunteer coach at Seaford High School.
Gartelman graduated from Limestone with a degree in strength and conditioning in 2012 and earned his MBA from Lake Erie in 2014.
"We have every confidence that Steve will keep Lake Erie highly competitive for years to come and more importantly, continue to positively impact the lives of our student-athletes," concluded Guarnieri.