The men’s lacrosse coaching staff was named Coaching Staff of the Year by the Atlantic East Conference for the 2021 season.
The Knights went 6-4 overall for the season and 4-2 in the conference, advancing to their first conference championship game since 1999.
One element that makes this coaching staff unique among its peers is that each coach is an alumnus of Neumann University.
Sixth-year head coach, Kyle Gardner, graduated in 2011 and captained the men’s lacrosse team during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He was joined by Bryan Capone, a 2010 graduate and senior year captain; Evan Zielinski, a 2014 and 2020 graduate and sophomore, junior, and senior year captain; Connor Betts, a 2016 graduate and senior captain; Tyler Schlimme, a 2017 graduate and senior captain; and Adam Fagan, a 2018 graduate and junior and senior captain.
When we were given the opportunity to help rebuild the men’s lacrosse program, we identified team culture and player experience as being the two main focal points that we believed would help us to rebuild a competitive and sustainable program,” Gardner said of the lacrosse program’s rebuilding.