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Gartelman Era Ends for Storm Men's Lacrosse

Gartelman Era Ends for Storm Men's Lacrosse

PAINESVILLE, Ohio- After six seasons with Lake Erie College men's lacrosse, Director of Athletics Kelley Kish has announced the resignation of head coach Steve Gartelman.

Gartelman served as the head of the program for Storm men's lacrosse for the past four years, in which he held a career record of 41-20, and an impressive conference record of 23-5.

Under Gartelman, the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse program were ranked in the top twenty consistently, including one top ten and top five finish. Additionally, six of his players were named All-Americans throughout his four year post as head coach. In 2015 his program was ranked no.1 overall for five weeks, won the ECAC Tournament Championship, and hosted and won an NCAA Quarterfinal game.

He not only maintained success on the field, but in the classroom as well. This past season, his team had the highest overall male GPA (3.18) for Storm athletics.

Before he was Lake Erie's head coach, Gartelman served as the Assistant Coach for the Storm (2013-2014), where he helped the program achieve a 22-9 record in that period of time. In 2013, he coached the 12th overall ranked defense in goals per game against, and assisted the men's lacrosse program to cement the school record in wins and the first NCAA bid in program history. In 2014, the defense only got better as they rose to number 6 in the nation in goals per game against under Gartelman, and the program won its first ECAC Division II Championship.

Storm AD Kish says, "Thanks to the dedication and passion of Steve, Lake Erie Men's Lacrosse has become a tremendous program in the conference, region and nation.  We are thankful for the leadership and time he invested in our program and wish Steve the best moving forward.  I am excited for our next coach to build upon the tremendous foundation set by the student-athletes and coaches of Storm Lacrosse."