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Scott Barnard, HEAD COACH

Scott Barnard is in his eighth year as the head men's lacrosse coach at Hamilton College. Barnard has a 53-46 record at Hamilton and he has guided the Continentals to four straight winning seasons. His players have received 25 all-conference honors, including three on the NESCAC all-conference team in 2013. Jon Leanos '12 was a first team All-America selection, the NESCAC player of the year and an Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England all-star in 2012.

In 2013, Barnard helped lead Hamilton to the NESCAC championship quarterfinals for the second year in a row. The Continentals ended up 9-6 overall and tied for fifth place in the conference standings with a record of 5-5. Mike Fiacco '13 became the third Hamilton player in two years to appear in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III Senior North-South Game and was the second player with USILA scholar All-America team honors under Barnard. Six players made the NESCAC spring all-academic team.

In 2012, the Continentals won eight of their last nine games en route to a 9-6 record, including 5-5 in the conference. Hamilton defeated two ranked teams, and seven student-athletes made the NESCAC spring all-academic team. In 2011, Barnard guided Hamilton to an 11-3 record, including 7-1 at home. The 11 wins were the most for the Continentals since 2006. His team performs several acts of community service every year. Corbin Brown '11 formed Hamilton Against Hunger, which donates food not used by campus dining halls to a shelter in Utica.

Barnard was the head coach at Herkimer County Community College (HCCC) from 2004 to 2006. He won national championships as a head coach, assistant coach and player at the National Junior College Association of America Division III school located in nearby Herkimer.

Barnard guided HCCC to a national title in 2005 and the national championship game in 2004. His record was a sparkling 46-7 (.868 win pct.) as a head coach. He was an assistant at the school from 1996 to 2003 and helped HCCC win a Division III crown in 2003. Barnard coached at SUNY Cortland for two years prior to returning to Herkimer in August 1996.

Barnard was a captain on the 1992 Herkimer squad that went undefeated and won a national championship. He was a two-time NJCAA academic All-American at HCCC in 1991 and 1992. Barnard went on to star at the University of Delaware, where he made the North Atlantic Lacrosse Conference all-conference first team in 1993 and 1994 and was a team captain as a senior. He was inducted into the Jamesville-DeWitt High School Athletic Hall of Fame with the Class of 2008-09. Jamesville-DeWitt posted a record of 32-9 with one sectional and two league titles during his two seasons as team captain.

Barnard has a bachelor's degree in physical education and he earned his master's in education from Cortland. He resides in Chittenango with his wife Courtney and their four children: Collin, Brooke, Caleb and Brendon.


John Giordano is in his first year as an assistant on the Hamilton College men's lacrosse coaching staff. Giordano was a volunteer assistant coach at Utica College in 2014.

Giordano coaches with United Lacrosse in Syracuse. He has been coaching at the modified and junior varsity level at New Hartford High School since 2007 and has worked with the New Hartford Summer Lacrosse Clinic since 2006.

Giordano played midfield and attack at Utica from 2007 to 2010. He received the Empire 8 Conference Sportsman of the Year Award and the Utica College Lacrosse Citizen's Award in 2010. He graduated cum laude with degrees in mathematics and psychology and attended high school in New Hartford.

Matthew Johansmeyer, ASSISTANT COACH

Matt Johansmeyer is in his first year as an assistant on the Hamilton College men's lacrosse coaching staff. He was an assistant coach at Bowdoin College in 2013 and 2014.

Johansmeyer helped guide the Polar Bears to 17 wins and they were ranked in the Division III Top 20 coaches poll both seasons. He coached an honorable mention All-American in 2014. Johansmeyer was an assistant at Clark University in 2011 and 2012. He was part of the coaching staff that received NEWMAC Co-Coach of the Year honors his first year.

Johansmeyer was a four-year varsity letter winner at Plymouth State University and served as a men's lacrosse team representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee from 2006 to 2010. He was a Panther Award recipient and a team captain his senior year. Johansmeyer helped Plymouth State to three Eastern College Athletic Conference championship appearances, including a 2007 title. The team tied a program record with 12 wins the following year. He finished his 67-game career with 29 goals, 25 assists and 72 ground balls.

The Shelburne Falls, Mass., native earned his degree and teacher certification from Plymouth State.