Ray LaForte is entering his first season as men’s lacrosse
coach at the Coast Guard Academy. The Bears men’s lacrosse
program is being elevated from club status and will compete at the
Division III level in the New England Women’s and Men’s
Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
LaForte spent last season as associate head coach of the Coast
Guard club lacrosse. The team went 11-5 last season, won the
Pioneer Club Lacrosse League Championship for the first time in
school history, and qualified for the MCLA lacrosse championships
for the second year in a row.
Before coming to the Coast Guard LaForte worked as an
assistant lacrosse coach at Ithaca College. While at Ithaca he
worked under hall of fame head coach Jeff Long and alongside
current University of Maryland head coach John Tillman and 2006
National Coach of the Year Rich Barnes who led Cortland State do a
national championship in 2006.
LaForte served as the head JV coach for the 1995 season and
then moved up to assistant varsity lacrosse coach from 1996-1999.
While serving as assistant coach he was in charge of riding game
and man down defense. The Bombers qualified for the 1998 NCCA
Ray has also been on the Football coaching staff as offensive
coordinator the last ten years and defensive coordinator six years
before that. He has also served as assistant track and field coach
where he mentored Adam Scalese to six All-American finishes in the
Ray, his wife Michelle and children Michael (15), Mason (12)
and Madison (8) reside in Waterford.