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Scott Nelson was named head coach of the Binghamton lacrosse program on May 18, 2011. Nelson recently finished his third season at the helm of Binghamton, a year in which he guided the Bearcats to their best conference record since 2004 and was honored with America East Co-Coach of the Year honors. In 27 years of coaching in collegiate lacrosse, he has recruited and coached more than 100 All-Americans and his teams have won at nearly a 65% clip, including three national titles on the Division III level.
Nelson’s squad in 2014 had a banner year that resulted in a trip back to the America East tournament for the first time since 2011. The Bearcats went 4-1 in conference play, earning a two seed at the America East Championship. Six players were named on the first two all-conference teams and Binghamton also added a pair of All-Rookie and All-Academic selections. His Coach of the Year award is the third he’s received since 2004 (2011-MAAC Coach of the Year, 2004-New England Coach of the Year).
His second season with the program saw his squad secure a 5-9 record, just narrowly missing the America East tournament on the last day of the regular season. He helped transform the defense in 2013 as the Bearcats finished first in the country in man-down defense (allowing just four goals in 29 opportunities). BU had a pair of all-conference and all-academic selections under his watch during 2013.
In 2012, Nelson guided the Bearcats to one of their best offensive seasons in school history. The team scored a program-record 9.54 goals per game and had a pair of players break the single season points record in just 13 contests. Four players were named to the all-conference squad in 2012 and a pair of student-athletes were selected as all-academic performers.
Nelson served as the head coach of Marist from 2009-11, guiding the Red Foxes to eight wins in each of his last two seasons. His 2011 team finished the regular season by winning seven straight games (program’s longest win streak), reaching the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament for the second consecutive year. They went 4-2 in league play to finish as regular season runners-up. At the conclusion of the 2011 season, Nelson was named MAAC Coach of the Year. His 2010 Marist team won the most regular season games (8) in six years and reached the MAAC tournament for the first time in five seasons.
Before taking over at Marist, Nelson was the head coach at Brown for six seasons, leading the Ivy League members to a top-10 national ranking in 2004 and 2005. His 2002 squad went 4-2 in the Ivy, giving Brown its first winning conference season in five years. In 2004, Nelson was named New England Coach of the Year after his team went 9-5 and was nationally ranked in the top-10.
Nelson made a name for himself while at Division III Nazareth, where he led the Rochester-based school to NCAA titles in 1992, 1996 and 1997. He was the program’s inaugural coach in 1986 and produced 12 NCAA appearances in 15 years, including five national semifinal berths and four straight trips to the championship game (1995-98). Nelson’s 1996 Golden Flyers went a perfect 15-0 en route to the program’s second NCAA crown. He never had a losing season at Nazareth and concluded his tenure there with 10 consecutive NCAA appearances and 13 straight seasons with 10 or more wins. His 177-40 record at Nazareth represented one of the highest win percentages (82%) in the nation over that span.
He began his coaching career at Rutgers, where he was an assistant from 1982-85. He is a 1982 graduate of North Carolina State, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and was a standout lacrosse player.
Nelson has been inducted into three Halls of Fame: the Rochester Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Hudson Valley Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Nazareth Hall of Fame. He has served on numerous national-level lacrosse committees, including the NCAA Lacrosse Rules Committee, the NCAA Regional Tournament Selection Committee and the Division III All-American committee (chairman). Nelson was a member of the USA Team Selection Committee and was a finalist for the Team USA coaching staff.
Scott and his wife, Lynne, have three sons, Tucker, Jake and Jared. Lynne, a former elite soccer player at Nazareth, is also a member of that school’s Hall of Fame. Tucker is a current standout on the Binghamton lacrosse team, entering his senior season in 2015.
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Assistant Matt Francis finished his second year with the Binghamton men’s lacrosse program in 2014. Since joining Nelson’s staff in 2012-13, Francis has coached eight all-conference members and helped Binghamton earn their first America East tournament berth since 2011 this past season.
Francis started his coaching career at his alma mater, Marist, from 2010-12. While there, Francis was instrumental in helping guide the Red Foxes to six and eight wins, respectively, in his pair of seasons with the MAAC school.
During a four-year playing career at Marist, Francis logged substantial time as a face-off specialist for the Red Foxes. Following a terrific junior campaign, he finished fifth in the nation securing 6.46 ground balls per game and obtained an outstanding face-off percentage of .576 (seventh nationally). In his final season, Francis won an impressive 158 face-offs and helped push his team to the MAAC semifinals for the first time since 2006.
Not only was he a standout on the field, but also in the classroom. A three-time MAAC All-Academic honoree, Matt earned the President’s Academic Achievement award as a senior- an award that is handed out annually to the male and female student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA at Marist.
Continuing his education at Marist, Francis completed his master’s in Business Administration in the spring of 2012. He served as an assistant coach on Nelson’s coaching staff in 2011 and once again with newly appointed head coach Keegan Wilkinson in 2012. Matt was responsible for face-offs, wing play and was the assistant defensive coordinator for the Red Foxes. He also was a big help in the Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement at Marist, serving as an academic advisor and main contact for 10 of 23 athletic programs. During his two-year tenure, he helped secure 14 MAAC All-Academic selections and one USILA Scholar All-American.
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Newly hired assistant Erich Skelly joined the Binghamton lacrosse program in the fall of 2013. Skelly arrived in Vestal by way of SUNY Brockport where he served as an assistant and defensive coordinator at his Alma mater.
Skelly’s first season on head coach Scott Nelson’s staff was a successful one, helping guide Binghamton to a 7-8 overall record, including a 4-1 standing in America East play.
The Buffalo native was employed by the Golden Eagles from 2011-2013, helping guide them to an overall record of 17-27 during that span. Last season, he directed his defense to a GAA of 9.07, the third best mark in program history since 2004.
He enjoyed a successful four-year playing career at the College at Brockport where he competed in 48 games with the Golden Eagles. He led the squad in caused turnovers in both his junior and senior seasons. He accumulated 82 career ground balls to go along with two goals and two assists from 2007-10. A three-time SUNYAC All-Academic Team member, Skelly graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.76.
In addition to his collegiate and high school coaching experience, Skelly has been active teaching the game to youth players. He was the camp director of FastBreak Lacrosse Camp for three years in Amherst, N.Y. and also delivered instruction at both the University of Michigan and Fairfield University lacrosse camps.
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- Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Phone Number: 607-777-6652
Bryan McGovern became Head Strength and Conditioning Coach here at Binghamton University in August of 2001. Bryan graduated from Springfield College in 1996 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Following his graduation he spent a year as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach at Boston College. Starting in the fall of 1997, Bryan spent two years working as a graduate assistant in the strength and conditioning department at Ball State University in Indiana, while earning his Masters degree in Exercise Science. In August of 1999
Bryan became the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Richmond in Virginia, and spent two years at Richmond before coming here to Binghamton. Through Bryan’s travels to four Division I institutions he has worked with many different sports, and has trained future professional athletes. At Binghamton, Bryan designed the new varsity weight room located in the Events Center, and has also started Maximum Athletic Performance Camp, which is a six-week camp, run during the summer geared towards high school athletes. Originally from Massachusetts, Bryan lives in Vestal with his wife, Libby, and their two sons Kevin and Micky.
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- Phone Number: 607-777-7011