Ray LaForte enters his fifth season as men’s lacrosse coach at the Coast Guard Academy. The Bears men’s lacrosse program was elevated from club status for the 2014 season and compete at the Division III level in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
In his first four years LaForte has compiled a career record of 38-26. This past season, the Bears had their best season in program history winning 14 games, tying for the NEWMAC regular season title and made it to the NEWMAC Championship. Early in the season, Coast Guard had the program's biggest win as they topped eventual 2018 Divison III Championship Wesleyan 10-9 in overtime.
Before the men's lacrosse team entered the varsity ranks, LaForte spent the 2013 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 Tournament.
Ray has also been on the Football coaching staff as offensive coordinator the last 13 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 hurdles.
Ray, his wife Michelle and children Michael, Mason and Madison reside in Waterford.