CAMP DIRECTOR: JON THOMPSON, HEAD COACH, AMHERST COLLEGE HEAD AMHERST LACROSSE COACH (8th SEASON)
Amherst men’s lacrosse head coach Jon Thompson is entering his ninth season at the helm in 2019.
The Mammoths rattled off another successful season in 2017, opening the year 12-3 en route to recording a 13-5 overall record and 8-2 mark in league play. After capturing the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Championship, Amherst would go on to earn an at-large bid and appear in the NCAA Championship tournament for the fourth consecutive year and post an impressive 14-11 win over Springfield in the second round before falling in the national quarterfinals. Finishing the season with the No. 6 national ranking, Amherst placed five players on the All-NESCAC team, seven players on the All-New England squad, and three student-athletes on the USILA All-America teams.
In 2015 Amherst concluded a historical campaign that included a program single-season record 18 wins (18-3 overall), which was highlighted by a 9-1 mark in NESCAC play, the program’s first-ever number one seed in the conference tournament, and a berth in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Championship en route to finishing the season with a national ranking of sixth.
During the season, which included an eight-game winning streak accentuated by an emphatic 12-6 win over national powerhouse Tufts University, the Purple & White had eight players named All-NESCAC and All-NEILA, four players named ECAC Division III All-Stars, and six players selected as USILA All-Americans.
Prior to the memorable 2015 season, Thompson enjoyed his second 15-win season in 2014 (15-5 overall), directing the Mammoths to a second round appearance in the NCAA postseason.
In the remarkable 2011 campaign, Thompson's squad reeled off 13 consecutive victories, including wins over Middlebury and Wesleyan, the program's first since 1989 and 1999, respectively.
The squad climbed to ninth in the USILA Coaches Poll and despite suffering a setback to Bowdoin in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Championship, Amherst secured its first-ever berth to the NCAA Tournament. After a 12-8 win over Keene State in its opening round game, the Purple & White downed Middlebury once again, 12-9, to advance to the national quarterfinals. Amherst's impressive postseason run came to an end with a 15-10 loss to RIT, but not before the team had posted a program-record 15 wins, finishing with a top-ten national ranking as four players earned All-NESCAC and All-NEILA honors.
Prior to Amherst, Thompson served as the head coach at NESCAC rival Colby College, where he led the Mules to the two most successful campaigns in the previous nine years. During his tenure in Waterville, Thompson guided the Mules to three wins over opponents ranked nationally in the top 10, including a win over the highest ranked opponent in program history (No. 5 Endicott).
While leading Colby to back-to-back postseason appearances, Thompson helped develop a trio of All-NESCAC selections, a pair of All-Americans, and Colby’s first two-time All-American. Equally impressive, Thompson helped the Mules raise the team’s cumulative grade-point average nearly half a letter grade in just four academic semesters.
During his time at Colby, Thompson and his teams helped organize and implement four separate civic engagement fundraisers, during which more than $45,000 was raised for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and Alpha 1/25, a Company in the 1st Battalion of the 25th Marine Regiment fighting in Afghanistan.
A native of Freeport, Maine, Thompson is a 2003 graduate of Brown University where he still ranks among the men’s lacrosse program’s top 10 in all-time goal scoring. Thompson, a former captain for the Bears, was a three-time All-New England selection while at Brown. He also earned both Ivy League All-Conference and All-Academic honors in 2002 and 2003, before capping his career as a USILA Honorable Mention All-American and a USILA Academic All-American in 2003.
Following a year volunteering as a member of the Brown coaching staff while playing professionally for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse, Thompson helped lead nearby Springfield to a Pilgrim League Championship as the Pride’s offensive coordinator in 2005.
Thompson returned to the Brown campus prior to the 2006 season, serving as the recruiting coordinator and second assistant for the Bears. After rising to the first assistant position and offensive coordinator for 2007, Thompson helped lead the Bears to one of the largest turnarounds in Division I. In Thompson’s three seasons coaching at Brown, the Bears transformed from a 2-11 team to an 11-3 team that won the 2008 Ivy League Championship with a victory over Princeton.
Thompson graduated Brown with a degree in sports psychology and now holds a Masters in Sports Psychology and is currently pursuing his PhD in sports and exercise psychology at Springfield. He and his wife Susanna have two daughters, Aida and Carolina.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: QUINN MORONEY, AMHERST COLLEGE. ASSISTANT COACH, AMHERST COLLEGE (2nd SEASON)
A 2016 graduate of Amherst College with a bachelor's degree in History, Moroney graduated as one of the most decorated players in Amherst men's lacrosse history, and is undoubtedly one of the best players the program has ever seen. He begins his third season on the sidelines as an assistant coach in the 2019 campaign.
A standout attackman with a keen eye for finding the open man, Moroney completed his superb, four-year career with 267 assists – just nine helpers shy of the NCAA Division III record – and twice finished as the nation's leader in assists per game in 2015 (3.95) and 2016 (3.53). The Manhasset, N.Y. native also capped his collegiate playing career with 228 ground balls, and 109 goals, in addition to setting the program's single-season record for points with 113 in 2015.
A three-time First Team All-NESCAC selection, Moroney also garnered NESCAC Player of the Year honors in 2015 while also earning NEILA Player of the Year praise following his junior campaign. In addition to finishing his career as a three-time All-NEILA honoree, the three-time league leader in assists added a trio of USILA All-American awards to his impressive resume, including a pair of first team mentions in his final two years.
During his four years anchoring the Purple & White attack, Moroney helped Amherst post a combined record of 52-23. During that time, Amherst appeared in four consecutive NESCAC postseason tournaments, and advanced to the championship contest in 2014 and 2015 including as the top seed in 2015. The team also appeared in three straight NCAA Championship tournament from 2014-2016 and advanced to the national quarterfinals in each of the last two seasons.
In 2015, Moroney totaled single-season career-highs in assists (83), points (113), ground balls (77), caused turnovers (14) and shots on goal (82) helping the Purple & White post the program's single-season record for wins in a season as Amherst finished 18-3 overall and 9-1 in NESCAC play. That season also saw Moroney registered a collegiate career-best 10 assists in a 20-4 victory over Castleton State College in an NCAA First Round tilt.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: DAN ANNINO, AMHERST COLLEGE. ASSISTANT COACH, AMHERST COLLEGE (1st Season)
A 2016 graduate of Amherst College with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Annino enters his second season on the sidelines as an assistant coach for the men's lacrosse program.
A cornerstone of the Mammoths' defense as a four-year starter for Amherst, Annino earned New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) All-New England praise following his senior season and concluded his playing career with a stat line that included 76 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers.
During his four years as a staple on the Mammoths’ back line, Annino directed an Amherst defense that posted a combined 10.34 goals against average and a 52-23 overall record while appearing in four consecutive NESCAC postseason tournaments, and advanced to the championship contest in 2014 and 2015 including as the top seed in 2015. The team also appeared in three straight NCAA Championship tournament from 2014-2016 and advanced to the national quarterfinals in each of his last two seasons.
Annino joins the Mammoths’ coaching staff following a year as an investment banking analyst in New York, N.Y. at a firm specializing exclusively in the financial services sector.
ASSISTANT COACH / HITCHCOCK FELLOW: IAN KADISH AMHERST COLLEGE. ASSISTANT COACH, AMHERST COLLEGE (1ST SEASON)
A 2018 graduate of Amherst College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and Economics, Ian Kadish was named the Hitchcock Fellow and is set to join the men’s lacrosse coaching staff as an assistant this spring.
Elected captain in his senior season for the Mammoths, Kadish saw success both on the field and in the classroom at Amherst. A three-time NESCAC All-Academic Team honoree, Kadish earned significant minutes across all four seasons, finishing his career with a stat line of 16 goals, 13 assists, 133 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers and a 244-for-555 record at the face off dot in 76 contests as a face-off specialist and midfielder.
A two-time member of Team Israel whose resume includes participating in the FIL World Lacrosse Championships (2018) and FIL European Championships (2016), Kadish brings several years of coaching experience to the Mammoths staff, with the Salt Lake City, Utah native previously acting as a program coach for 212 Lacrosse in addition to aiding Amherst with their recruiting efforts as a student assistant in the summer of 2017. Dedicated to the expansion of the sport, Kadish has also worked extensively with the Israel Lacrosse Association, spearheading the start of a youth lacrosse program in Be’er Sheva in the south of Israel.
Off the field, Kadish authored a senior honors thesis entitled ‘Pluralistic Ignorance and Being “Put Together”: A Study of Effortless Perfectionism,’ was the NESCAC and Amherst College Chapter President of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), and was an active participant in the Amherst LEADS program.