Women's Lacrosse Coaching Staff

Tony Zostant
Head Coach
Fourth Season

With an experienced and hungry team, head coach Tony Zostant will be entering his fourth season at the helm of the rising Binghamton women's lacrosse program. After just three seasons Zostant is already the winningest coach in the program's short history. He led the Bearcats to its best-ever finish in 2008 with a 5-11 record.

Zostant led the Bearcats to a 2-13 record last season, including the program's second-ever America East victory. BU defeated Stony Brook 12-10 at the Bearcats Sports Complex last spring. As the season progressed the Bearcats suffered several disappointing losses but continued to grow as a team. From the 2010 squad, 11 starters are returning and Zostant is eyeing a successful 2011.

Offensively, coach Zostant wants his team to value the ball and dictate to the defense how they should react to his attack. Defensively, the line will look to play as one and crash inside the eight meter. Similar to his offensive philosophy, Zostant coaches his defense to dictate to the offense where they can go and manipulate their actions. He wants his defense to be aggressive and look to take the offense out of its comfort zone.

Zostant continues to produce model student-athletes while at Binghamton. He ushered two players on the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll this past season to build upon his impressive academic accolades. In the 16 seasons that Tony Zostant has been a college head coach, his teams have earned Academic Squad honors 14 times.

Zostant brought his winning pedigree to the Bearcat lacrosse program after an impressive six-year tenure at St. Bonaventure University, where he was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in both 2002 and 2003. Zostant compiled a record of 61-37 while at St. Bonaventure. He led the Bonnies to a school-record 14 wins in 2006 as well as their first-ever IWLCA national ranking (No. 18 that same year). Four times during Zostant's six years at the helm, St. Bonaventure qualified for the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

Prior to arriving at St. Bonaventure, Zostant was the head coach at SUNY Brockport in 2000 and 2001. He guided the program to a 19-11 record during his stay and was named the 2001 SUNYAC Coach of the Year. From 1995-99, Zostant was the head coach at Nazareth, where he had a record of 49-18. Overall, Zostant has been a head women's lacrosse coach 16 years. He has an overall record of 139-103 (.574). Zostant began his coaching career at LeMoyne, where he served as head women's lacrosse coach in 1993. A native of Johnstown, N.Y., Zostant and his wife, Kerry, have two sons, Connor (6) and Tucker (4).

Stephanie Allen
Assistant Coach
Fourth Season

Assistant Coach Stephanie Allen arrived with head coach Tony Zostant three years ago and continues to spearhead the rise of the Binghamton program. Bringing with her a wealth of relevant playing and coaching experience, Allen will look to steady and nurture a maturing team.

Allen brings a players voice that resounds with young athletes. Her player’s mentality relates to the squad and adds powerful insight. The Bearcats return its top three scoring threats in 2011, all mentored under Allen's tutelage. This season, Allen will look to continue developing the young talent and lay a foundation for the young program.

Allen comes directly from Presbyterian College located in Clinton, S.C., where she was the programs inaugural head coach and led the team for its first three season from 2005-2007. She arrived at Presbyterian in January 2004 and coached the squad during the 2004-05 season when it competed on the club level. The ensuing two years, Presbyterian played at the NCAA Division II level and is now competing on the Division I level. Allen successfully recruited athletes from eight states, including four All-Americans and a pair of State Player of the Year selections.

A 2003 graduate of Limestone College, Allen was a four-year starting midfielder on the lacrosse team and a team captain her senior year.

Ben Paige
Assistant Coach
Second Season

Assistant Coach Ben Paige is joining the BU coaching staff for his second season. Bringing with him a diverse set of playing and coaching skills, Paige continues to strengthen the foundations of the Bearcat program. In addition to coaching at Binghamton University, Paige also coaches the local Grogger's girl's club team.

A 2001 graduate of Pace University, Paige was a three year starter on the men's lacrosse team for the Setters. Currently, he in enrolled in the Binghamton University school of education MSEd program studying Inclusive Childhood Education. Paige is a life long resident of Vestal and currently resides there with his wife Kim and two daughters, Baily (3) and Makayla (2).