Dreaming of Des Moines - Seawolves Shine in the National Spotlight
Scores six seconds into overtime
Seawolves tied with Binghamton for fourth in conference standings
Seawolves travel to face Hartford Saturday
Bulldogs topped Seawolves, 9-8, last season
Ward Melville High School graduate Jim Nagle is in his fifth season as head coach of the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team. Nagle joined the Seawolves in 2012 after 10 seasons as head coach at Colgate.
Nagle led Stony Brook to seven wins in each of his first two seasons and a total of three berths in the America East Championship. With one of the youngest rosters in Division I in 2013 & 2014, seven of the team's top eight scorers were underclassmen, including five freshmen.
For a second straight season, Nagle's squad was one of the nation's youngest as four of the top five goal scorers were sophomores. Sophomore Brody Eastwood led the nation in shooting percentage and the Seawolves were one of the teams in man-up offense and face-off win percentage.
Six freshmen played in all 16 games, including Eastwood and Rogers, who each ranked among the top freshmen last season. Eastwood led the Seawolves with 44 goals, which was tied for first among all freshmen in the nation, and Rogers ranked third on the team with 44 points.
Charged with taking over a program that graduated the winningest senior class in school history, Nagle guided Stony Brook back to the NCAA Tournament with a convincing win over Albany in the America East Championship game. Despite a 7-10 record, the 2012 America East Coach of the Year led the Seawolves to their third straight regular-season conference crown.
Six players earned all-conference honors and Mike Rooney was named America East Rookie of the Year.
The sixth head coach in the 29-year history of Stony Brook men's lacrosse, Nagle was 86-64 (.573) in 10 seasons with the Raiders, winning at least 10 games in four of the last six seasons. He is the winningest coach in Raiders history and is a two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year. Nagle mentored four All-Americans during his tenure, including Brandon Corp, Colgate's only first-team All-American and a three-time Patriot League Player of the Year.
In 2011, Nagle led Colgate to an 11-5 record, an appearance in the Patriot League championship game and a win over NCAA runner-up Maryland. The team ended the season ranked No. 12 in the USILA Coaches Poll and No. 14 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, and narrowly missed earning an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. In 2009, Nagle overcame a rough start in the regular season to lead his team to a program-record eight consecutive victories and finish 5-1 in the Patriot League, good for second place. The team was ranked as high as No. 13 and boasted the school's first ever Tewaaraton Award finalist in Corp. In 2008, Nagle led Colgate to its only Patriot League championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. That season included a second straight victory over Syracuse, which was ranked second at the time and went on to win the national championship. The Raiders finished the season ranked 10th in the USILA Coaches Poll.
When Nagle took over Colgate, the Raiders had been 7-19 over the previous two seasons. Nagle led the team to a 7-7 mark in his first season in 2001 and then followed up with an 8-7 overall and a 4-2 conference record to help him earn Patriot League Coach of the Year honors. After two more seasons of .500 or better records, Nagle led Colgate to its best-ever Division I finish in 2006, posting an 11-4 record and 5-2 in conference, good for the school's first-ever regular season title. He was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year once again. He continued to reach new heights by taking Colgate to the Patriot League Championship final for the first time in school history in 2007 before finally breaking through with his milestone 2008 campaign.
Nagle's first head-coaching job was at Oneonta State, where he was 65-39 (.625) in seven seasons. In 1999, Nagle led the Red Dragons to a No. 11 ranking and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, earning USILA Division III Coach of the Year honors. In his seven seasons, he was named conference Coach of the Year three times, and in 1998, Oneonta State boasted the nation's best regular season record at 12-1.
Nagle got his coaching start as an assistant coach at Springfield College from 1992-94, helping the Pride to an ECAC Championship in 1993 and an NCAA Division II Championship in 1994.
Nagle played collegiate lacrosse at Loyola College, where he was part of a Greyhounds squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times, including a spot in the 1990 title game. Nagle earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Loyola in 1992. He also earned his master's degree in Physical Education from Springfield in 1994.
Nagle played on Ward Melville's 1988 state championship team, which went 24-0. He was an All-Suffolk County selection.
Nagle and his wife, Kelly, have three daughters, Jamie, Ryan and Meghan.