Coaches

Varsity Head Coach

Jason Gifford

Coach Gifford was an All-American midfielder at HVCC before transferring to University of Hartford where he was a two time All-Conference midfielder. He served as Varsity Assistant at Niskayuna from 1998-2006 before coming to Shen. He served as the JV assistant in 2009 before joining the varsity staff in 2010 where he won the Section 2 Assistant Coach of the Year Award in both 2010 and 2011. Coach Gifford has been the Varsity Head Coach since 2013 and was named the Section 2 Coach of the Year in 2016. He is supported by his wife Megan and his two children Ellie and Easton.


Varsity Assistant Coach

Bob Karl

Coach Karl is a Shenendehowa alumni who played on the varsity team for 3 years. He is currently the 5th all-time scoring leader for Shen lacrosse. Upon graduation in 2005, Coach Karl went on to study and play lacrosse at Sacred Heart University. Coach Karl comes from 4 years of coaching at Shaker High School and joined the Shen program as Varsity Assistant Coach in 2015.


Varsity Assistant Coach

Mark Baker

Coach Baker earned his BS from Siena College where he was a 3-year starting midfielder and Captain his senior year. Coach Baker has spent the last 14 years coaching lacrosse at various levels. Coach Baker was the Junior Varsity Head Coach from 2014-2018. In 2019, he will be serving as Varsity Assistant Coach. He is supported by his wife Andrea and kids; Joss and Keira.


Junior Varsity Head Coach

Chad Hagner

Coach Hagner is a Shenendehowa alum who was a part of the 2002 & 2003 NYS semi-finalist team. Coach Hagner went on to study at Cortland where he was a member of the 2006 DIII National Championship and SUNYAC All- Academic team. Coach Hagner was the Shen JV Head Coach in 2013 and moved to Varsity Assistant Coach in 2014. In 2019, he will be serving as JV Head Coach.


JV Assistant Coach

Ryan Leach

Coach Leach is a Niskayuna alumni and helped them to a NYS finalist in 2005. Coach went on to Onondaga CC, where he was a 2 year starting defensemen, elected captain and 2009 National Champion. He enlisted in the USAF in 2013 and currently serves at 109th Airlift Wing NYANG in Scotia, NY. He was a JV assistant coach with Niskayuna in 2016, as well as Albany Power. He is supported by his wife Erin and daughter Harper.


Modified Head Coach

Andrew Gentile

Coach Gentile is a recent graduate from the College at Brockport. Coach Gentile spent the 2018 season as coach for the Shen JV Girls lacrosse team. This will be Coach Gentile's first season as the Boys Modified Head Coach.


Modified Assistant Coach

Joe Leska

Coach Leska attended Vestal High School and after graduating in 1996 he continued his lacrosse career at Hobart College. At Hobart, Coach Leska was a four-year letter winner, as well as a two-time All-Conference Midfielder and Team Captain. Coach Leska has been a Junior Varsity Assistant Coach in the Shenendehowa Lacrosse program since 2016. He will be serving as the Modified Assistant Coach in 2019.