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.
Drew Bezek is in his third year as an assistant coach for the Hamilton College men's lacrosse team. Bezek was the interim head coach at Vassar College in 2011. He guided Vassar to the first Liberty League win in the Brewers' history in the conference. A Vassar defenseman was an all-league selection.
Bezek was a four-year letter winner at NCAA Division II Le Moyne College from 2007 to 2010. He was voted the Division II defensive player of the year in both 2009 and 2010. Bezek was a three-time first team All-American from 2008 to 2010.
As a freshman in 2007, he helped the Dolphins capture the national championship and post an overall record of 15-2. During the next three seasons, Le Moyne was a combined 46-5 and appeared in the NCAA title game each year. Bezek was credited with 93 ground balls for his career. In each of his first three seasons, Le Moyne led Division II in scoring defense.
Bezek graduated with a degree in business. He is from Lowville, N.Y., and attended Lowville High School.
Brandon Misiaszek is in his third year as an assistant coach for the Hamilton College men’s lacrosse team.
Misiaszek was a four-year letter winner at NCAA Division III power SUNY Cortland from 2007 to 2010. The Red Dragons posted a 69-13 record during that span and appeared in the NCAA title game three times. Misiaszek was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 national championship game when Cortland defeated Gettysburg College 9-7 for its second NCAA crown.
Misiaszek finished his career with 73 goals and 29 assists for 102 points. As a senior in 2010, he was a third team All-America selection at midfield and played in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III Senior North-South Game. Misiaszek is from nearby New Hartford and attended New Hartford High School.