Nat St. Laurent enters his fourth season as Ohio Northern University’s first-ever men’s lacrosse coach after founding the program in the spring of 2014.
He has guided the Polar Bears to three straight winning seasons, with a 9-7 record in 2017, an 8-7 mark in its inaugural season in 2016 and a program-best 14-3 record in 2018.
A native of Carthage, N.Y., St. Laurent has a career record of 31-17 at ONU, a winning percentage of .646.
In just its third year as a varsity sport, St. Laurent guided the Polar Bears to a regular season Ohio Athletic Conference title and advanced to the OAC Tournament for the first time in program history.
St. Laurent worked for four seasons as an assistant lacrosse coach at Washington and Lee (Va.), where he serves as offensive coordinator.
He also serves as an assistant coach for the Ohio Machine, a professional team that competes in the Major League Lacrosse.
“We are very excited to start men's lacrosse with Nat St. Laurent as our first head coach,” ONU director of athletics Tom Simmons said. “We were very methodical in our men's and women's lacrosse coaching searches so that we could provide our student-athletes with the best possible structure. Nat has an excellent reputation in intercollegiate Lacrosse and we look forward to much success in the program.”
“I am really excited to take on the challenge of building the men’s lacrosse program at Ohio Northern University,” St. Laurent said. “ONU has all of the tools in place to build a successful program. It was a difficult decision to make, leaving a top-10 program such as Washington & Lee. It had to be the right fit.
“Coming to Ohio Northern just feels right. I was extremely impressed with the facilities, the people at ONU and the support of the University from the administration. I want to thank Tom Simmons, (ONU provost) Dave Crago and (ONU Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs) Julie Hurtig for having the faith in me to build the program. I have very high hopes for the success of Polar Bear lacrosse.”
In the past three seasons, the Generals have posted a 35-21 record with two trips to the ODAC Tournament finals and a bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Tournament. He coached eight All-ODAC honorees, two All-Americans and the ODAC Rookie of the Year while at W&L.
In 2013, the Generals finished the season ranked eighth nationally and scored the fourth-most goals in program history.
St. Laurent had previously served as a volunteer assistant coach for W&L in 2009, assisting with the offense and the man-up unit. That season, the Generals went 16-4 overall, won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.
In his role with the Machine, St. Laurent is responsible for increasing the team’s use of analytics. Additionally, he serves as a quality control coach for the offense while helping to prepare scouting reports for upcoming opponents.
St. Laurent returned to Washington and Lee following one year as the head lacrosse coach at Ferrum (Va.). In that role, he was responsible for recruiting student-athletes for a first-year program that began competition in 2011.
Prior to his experience at W&L and Ferrum, St. Laurent had been an assistant lacrosse coach at VMI for three seasons (2005-08), helping steer the Keydets to a conference postseason berth for the first time and helping direct one of the top offenses in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
At VMI, he coached the MAAC Player of the Year and two All-MAAC honorees.
During his time in Lexington, St. Laurent also served as a special education teacher at Enderly Heights Elementary School (2005-06) and Waddell Elementary School (2007-09). He is also a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, garnering recognition as the Soldier of the Year and Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year.
St. Laurent earned a bachelor of science degree in unified elementary and special education in from Keuka (N.Y.) College, where he was a member of the lacrosse team. He also attained a master of arts in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech in 2009.
Nat and his wife, Cristin, have two daughters, Jaylin (8) and Janessa (5) and a son, Jamarcus (3).
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Christopher Rossie is in his third season as an assistant coach for the Ohio Northern’s men’s lacrosse team.
Rossie joins the Polar Bear coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach at Haverford (Pa.) College during 2015.
During his time with Haverford, Rossie served as the defensive coordinator.
He is a 2012 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute where he played for the men's lacrosse team from 2008-2012 and was a four time letterwinner.
Rossie earned his Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Business in 2012.
Rossie currently resides in Ada.
Marcus Willis enters his second year as an assistant coach for the Ohio Northern’s men’s lacrosse team.
He comes to the Polar Bears after a season as an assistant coach at Westerville High School.
Willis received his Bachelor of Arts degree in public health from Otterbein in 2016, where he enjoyed a stellar four-year career on the lacrosse team.
During his time at Otterbein, Willis was a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree, earning First Team honors in 2015 and 2016 and was Honorable Mention in 2014.
He was team captain, Co-OAC Offensive Player of the Year and was Second team All-Region as a senior in 2016.
After graduation, Willis served as a child nutrition programs associate for the Westerville Area Resource Ministry, where he also worked as an undergraduate student.
Collin Stephens will be in his second season as an assistant coach for the Ohio Northern’s men’s lacrosse team.
Stephens comes to ONU after a 1-year stint as an assistant coach at Carroll (Wis.), where he served as the offensive coordinator.
Prior to coaching at Carroll, Stephens held numerous club lacrosse head coaching positions in Wisconsin and New York.
He was a two-year letterman for Genesee (N.Y.) Community College in 2012-13 and received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016.
Stephens also worked as a graphic designer for the Arena Lacrosse League in 2016-17.
Alex Wooldridge is in his second season as a student assistant coach for the Ohio Northern’s men’s lacrosse team.
Wooldridge joins ONU's staff after playing for one year with the Polar Bears in 2016.
The junior is a Pharmaceutical Business major and hails from Fishers, Ind. where he played lacrosse for four years at Hamilton Southeastern High School.