Scott Barnard is in his seventh year as the head men's lacrosse coach at Hamilton College. Barnard led the Continentals into their first season in the NESCAC last year, and Hamilton finished with an overall record of 9-6, including 5-5 in the conference.
The Continentals won eight of their last nine games, defeated two ranked teams and qualified for the 2012 NESCAC Championship quarterfinals. Jon Leanos '12 was selected a first team All-American, the NESCAC player of the year and an Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England all-star. Leanos and Luke Sadoff '12 were named to the NESCAC all-conference team and both played in the USILA Division III North-South game. Seven student-athletes made the 2012 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team. Hamilton is 30-13 the last three years under Barnard.
Barnard's players have received 22 all-conference honors and two Liberty League rookie of the year awards at Hamilton. He has directed the Continentals to 44 wins in his first six seasons. 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 degree in physical education from Delaware, and he earned a 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 second year as an assistant coach for the Hamilton College men's lacrosse team. Bezek was interim head coach for the Vassar College men's lacrosse team in 2011. He guided Vassar to the first Liberty League win in the Brewers' 10-year 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 second 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 named a third-team All-American at midfield, and played in the Division III North-South college all-star game.
Misiaszek graduated from Cortland in 2010. He is from nearby New Hartford and attended New Hartford High School.