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Peter Lasagna enters his 20th season as head coach of men’s lacrosse at Bates College in the 2019-20 academic year. He is a three-time NESCAC Coach of the Year award-winner. Lasagna has led the Bobcats to eight appearances in the NESCAC Championships and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Lasagna was named the "Walter Alessi Man of the Year" by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in 2017 and also earned NEILA's Division III Co-Coach of the Year award.
During the 2017 season, his 17th year at the helm of the Bobcats, Lasagna guided the Bobcats to a 14-0 record to start the year, including a perfect 10-0 mark in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) regular season and the No. 1 ranking in Division III for two weeks. The Bobcats made their seventh NESCAC tournament appearance under Lasagna, and their second NCAA Tournament appearance in the last three years, reaching the national quarterfinals and finishing the year with a 16-2 record.
Coach Lasagna led Bates to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015, where the Bobcats advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to eventual national champion Tufts. Lasagna was named both New England Coach of the Year by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and NESCAC Co-Coach of the Year by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
In 2013 Lasagna led the Bobcats to a 7-6 regular-season record, including a 5-5 mark in NESCAC games. Bates made its first appearance in the NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship tournament since 2006, earning the sixth seed and falling in a competitive quarterfinal game at Tufts.
Bates recorded its most victories, overall and in conference play, since 2006, when the team was 9-5 and 5-4. 2013 was Lasagna’s second time being named NESCAC Coach of the Year: he also received the honor in 2005.
Only the third head lacrosse coach ever at Bates, under Lasagna’s leadership eight Bates players have been named USILA All-Americans and one player went on to play for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse.
A 1982 graduate of Brown University, Lasagna came to Bates after 18 years of coaching the Bears at his alma mater, including the last eight as head coach.
Lasagna compiled a 65-51 record as the Bears’ head coach, 30-18 in Ivy League games. Brown went to three NCAA Division I championship tournaments during Lasagna’s tenure, including an appearance in the national semifinals in 1994 and the quarterfinals in 1995. Lasagna was named Division I Coach of the Year by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association that year. He was also named Division I Coach of the Year by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in both 1994 and 1995.
Lasagna won more NCAA playoff games at Brown than any other Brown head coach.
A well-known voice in the collegiate lacrosse community, Lasagna has also been the back-page columnist for the award-winning magazine Inside Lacrosse since 2001.
He has served as master of ceremonies at two US Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s coaches’ conventions.
In 2002, Lasagna was inducted into the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and in 2011 he was inducted into the Greater Rochester (N.Y.) Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Andrew Deane enters his second year on the Bates men's lacrosse coaching staff in 2020. Deane comes to Bates from Western New England University, where he served as a graduate assistant for three seasons, working with the goalkeepers, faceoff players, the man-down unit and defensive players. He helped coach WNE to a pair of Commonwealth Coast Conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. Deane was selected to coach in the 2018 NEILA East/West Senior All-Star Game. He graduated in 2018 with a master's degree in organizational leadership.
Before his time at WNE, Deane was a University/Local Development Officer in Headingly, England, for the English Lacrosse Association. He coached the Leeds Beckett University men's lacrosse team and competed for the Leeds City Lacrosse Club, winning the NEMLA Prem 3 League and Tournament Championship. Deane organized, introduced, and developed lacrosse curricula in physical education settings at local schools for grades K-12.
Mike LeBel enters his fourth year on the Bates men's lacrosse coaching staff in 2020. LeBel comes to Bates from Falmouth High School in Maine, where he was the head coach for 10 seasons (2007-2016). Under LeBel’s guidance, the Yachtsmen won three Class B State Championships (’11, ’12, ’16). LeBel’s teams amassed over 100 wins and earned 14 All-America selections. Falmouth produced four consecutive Maine State Players of the Year from 2011-2014, including Bates alumnus Charlie Fay ‘17, won the honor in 2013. LeBel has been named U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Year, as well as Portland Press Herald Coach of the Year.
Prior to Falmouth, LeBel was a faculty member and coach at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass. He was named both US Lacrosse Man of the Year and Coach of the Year during his tenure there.
LeBel played four years at Alfred University. Three of the four years included a trip to the eight-team field of the NCAA Division III Tournament. After serving his senior year as a captain, LeBel continued with the program as a graduate assistant coach, taking over for current Army head coach Joe Alberici. Alfred made a return appearance to the NCAA tournament during LeBel’s two-year stint as an assistant. LeBel earned both his B.A. and M.S in Education from Alfred.