Amherst Men's Lacrosse Coaching Staff

Head Coach Tom Carmean
Head Coach Tom Carmean

Sixth-year head coach Tom Carmean's move from co-head coach to the top slot on the sidelines paid immediate dividends in 2001, as a reborn men's lacrosse program jumped out to an impressive 5-1 start, followed by a 9-7 campaign in 2002, a 10-5 mark in 2003, an 11-5 season in 2004 and an 11-4 slate in 2005, showing signs that a future in the NESCAC's upper echelon is immanent. Carmean - a three-time All-America at the University of Massachusetts and veteran of 11 seasons in professional lacrosse - draws from a wealth of experience in the college and pro game. During a standout collegiate playing career, he was recognized as one of the top attackmen in the nation, twice leading the Minutemen to the NCAA Quarterfinals before graduating with a degree in English in 1988. From there, he tutored his former UMass teammates as a graduate assistant coach, earning a master's degree in education in 1992. In 10 seasons of pro indoor lacrosse, Carmean was a five-time All-League selection and led the Major Indoor Lacrosse League's Boston Blazers to a trio of appearances in the League Championship Series. He also suited up for the M.I.L.L.'s New York Saints and Rochester Nighthawks, and played with the Bridgeport Barrage, an outdoor professional team, in 2003. Along the way, the Ithaca, N.Y., native coached three seasons at nearby South Hadley High School before accepting an assistant coaching position at Amherst in 1999.

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Assistant Coach Milton Gooding
Assistant Coach Milton Gooding

Assistant coach Milton Gooding came to Amherst via Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio where, as the head assistant soccer coach in 1993, he helped lead the Lords to an undefeated season, a national No. 1 ranking and a trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four, where they fell to the eventual national champion University of California at San Diego. Kenyon rebounded with a similarly impressive 18-2 record in 1994, advancing to the Regional Championship game for the second consecutive year. In Gooding's two campaigns at Kenyon, the Lords posted a whopping 32-3 overall record. Gooding has had similar success since coming to Amherst as a men's soccer co-head coach and lacrosse assistant in 1997, helping lead the men's soccer team to a New England Championship and a trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four in his first season. Since then, the team has sustained its winning ways with trips to the NCAA Regional Finals in 1998 and 2002 and continued national Top-20 rankings, rising as high as No. 6 in the NSCAA national poll while leading the team to a 10-3-2 season in 2003. Gooding was a two-sport high school standout in soccer and lacrosse at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut, and played collegiate soccer at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and continued his education at Northeastern University, where he graduated in 1992 with a degree in English. This is Gooding's eighth season with the Amherst lacrosse program.

Assistant Coach Shannon Sligo
Assistant Coach Shannon Sligo
Fourth-year assistant coach Shannon Sligo arrived at Amherst after a standout playing career as a three-year captain and four-time Team MVP at Division III power Eastern Connecticut State University, where he led the Warriors to a trio of Pilgrim League Championships before graduating with a degree in sociology and a minor in criminal justice in 2000. While at Eastern Connecticut, Sligo was a two-time All-American, a four-time All-New England selection and played in the North-South All-Star game as a senior. He also led the Warriors in ground balls and goals by a defender for three consecutive seasons.
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