John Svec enters his fourth season as the head men's lacrosse coach at Siena College. A two-time Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year (2012, 2014), Svec guided the Saints to the program's third MAAC Championship in 2014.
Appointed the ninth head coach in Siena Men's Lacrosse history on July 15, 2011, Svec has posted a 30-20 (.600) overall record including an impressive 16-2 (.889) mark in MAAC play over his first three seasons. He has led the Saints to the MAAC Championship game in each of his first three years as well as a pair of regular season titles (2012, 2014). Svec was appointed to the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee in July of 2014.
"We wanted to find somebody who could continue the success we've had and help us win games and championships, and to get things done the right way while keeping the interest of our student athletes at heart," said Director of Athletics John D'Argenio upon Svec's hiring. "We found John Svec and he's the person to help us continue that success here at Siena College."
Svec led the Saints to the program's third MAAC Championship in six seasons in 2014 and was named the Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year. Siena posted an 11-6 overall record and an unblemished 6-0 mark in the MAAC for the second time in Svec's first three seasons. Svec guided the Saints to the NCAA Play-in Game where Siena dropped a hard fought 9-8 decision on the road against a Bryant squad that ultimately advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Under Svec's guidance, the Saints boasted a program record 11 All-MAAC selections and six Second Team All-MAAC honorees. Svec mentored red-shirt junior attackman Richie Hurley who was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and a USILA All-American Honorable Mention selection, junior Casey Dowd who was tabbed the MAAC Faceoff Specialist of the Year and Colin Clive, who was named a Senior CLASS Award candidate. Svec also led the Saints to seven true road wins which tied for the second most in the nation.
In 2013 Svec led the Saints back to the MAAC Championship Game for a second consecutive season. Despite playing arguably the toughest non-conference schedule in program history which pitted the Saints against three USILA Top-10 opponents, Siena won six of its final eight games. On Apr. 23, Svec guided the Saints to the program's first-ever win over a USILA Top-10 opponent when Siena upset 10th ranked UAlbany, 10-9.
In his first season at the helm, Svec mentored MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and an Inside Lacrosse Consensus Midseason All-American Bryan Neufeld and MAAC Defensive Player of the Year Tom Morr, who was also just one of 10 finalists nationally for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award. Under his guidance, Siena placed a program record five players on the All-MAAC First Team and for a third straight year tied a then program record with seven All-MAAC selections overall.
Svec matriculated to Loudonville following a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Hobart College in the powerful ECAC Lacrosse League. During his tenure with the Statesmen, Svec coached six All-ECAC selections, two USILA North/South All-Stars and a USILA Scholar All-American. Additionally, in the spring of 2011 Svec served as an assistant coach for the North team at the 69th Annual USILA/LaxWorld North/South All-Star game.
Svec served as defensive coordinator at Hobart, and his corps ranked 11th nationally in scoring defense in 2009, and finished second in the ECAC in caused turnovers per game in 2010.
Prior to his stint at Hobart, Svec had a proven track record in the Capital Region where he was one of the key architects to UAlbany's rise to power. He served as an assistant coach with the Great Danes from 2001-08, helping guide the program to a 70-43 (.619) record. In his seven seasons, UAlbany made four NCAA Tournament Appearances including a trip to the Quarterfinals in 2007 when the program peaked to a No. 2 national ranking.
The Great Danes excelled on the defensive end of the field under Svec's leadership as coordinator, capped by a No. 12 national ranking in scoring defense in 2008.
A native of Arnold, Md., Svec earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Loyola College (Md.) in 2001. A defenseman for the Greyhounds, Svec participated in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Loyola posted an impressive 46-10 (.821) overall record during his playing career and advanced to the Final Four of the 1998 NCAA Tournament.
He is married to the former Lindsey Hart, who served as head women's lacrosse coach at UAlbany from 2006-10.
YEAR-BY-YEAR WITH COACH SVEC
||MAAC Regular Season Champions; Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year
||Upset 10th ranked UAlbany; Adanced to MAAC Title Game
||MAAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions; Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year