Nat St. Laurent enters his fifth season as the head men's lacrosse coach at Ohio Northern University. He is the first men's lacrosse coach in school history, having founded the program in the spring of 2016.
A Carthage, N.Y. native, St. Laurent has posted a 44-22 career coaching record at ONU, a .667 win percentage.
He has guided the Polar Bears to four consecutive winning seasons and three straight Ohio Athletic Conference upper-division finishes. Ohio Northern registered an 8-7 mark during its inaugural season in 2016, a 9-7 record in 2017, a program-best 14-3 record in 2018, and a 13-5 overall mark in 2019 under St. Laurent's leadership.
During the 2019 campaign, St. Laurent directed Northern to its first OAC Tournament championship game in program history. As the No. 4 seed, ONU upset top-seeded Capital 10-9 in the semifinal round to book a date in the finals with John Carroll.
In 2018, he guided the Polar Bears to the program's first OAC Regular Season title in just its third season as a varsity sport. For their efforts, they also advanced to their first OAC Tournament in program history.
“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 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 faith in me to build the program. I have very high hopes for the success of Polar Bear lacrosse.”
In addition to his collegiate coaching duties, St. Laurent served as the head coach for the Redwoods squad of the Premier Lacrosse League during the 2019 season. In December 2018, he was named one of six head coaches for the inaugural season, which included the best leaders, strategists, and innovators in the sport.
Prior to his stint with Redwoods, he served as an assistant coach for the Ohio Machine, a professional Major League Lacrosse team, for four seasons.
In his role with the Machine, St. Laurent was responsible for increasing the team’s use of analytics. Additionally, he served as a quality control coach for the offense and helped prepare scouting reports for upcoming opponents.
At the collegiate level, St. Laurent was an assistant lacrosse coach at Washington and Lee (Va.) for four seasons prior to arriving at ONU, where he served as the offensive coordinator.
In his final three seasons, the Generals 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 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 man-up units. 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.
He returned to Washington & Lee following one year as the head lacrosse coach at Ferrum (Va.). In the role, he was responsible for recruiting student-athletes for a first-year program which began competition in 2011.
Prior to his experiences at W&L and Ferrum, St. Laurent had been an assistant lacrosse coach at VMI for three seasons (2005-08). He helped steer the Keydets to their first conference postseason berth and directed 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 from Keuka (N.Y.) College, where he was a member of the lacrosse team. He went on to attain a Master of Arts in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech in 2009.
Nat and his wife, Cristin, have two daughters, Jaylin and Janessa, and a son, Jamarcus.
Men's Lacrosse under St. Laurent
|2019||13-5||.722||6-3 / t3rd|
|2018||14-3||.824||7-1 / t1st|
|2017||9-7||.563||4-4 / 5th|
|2016||8-7||.533||1-6 / 7th|