Hartford, Conn. – Trinity College is pleased to announce the hiring of Jason Tarnow as its new head men's lacrosse coach. Tarnow, who comes to Hartford from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, is the sixth men's lacrosse coach in the 57-year history of Trinity's varsity program. Tarnow, who led Baldwin Wallace to a 38-9 record over the past three seasons, replaces Mike Higgins, who resigned this summer after seven seasons as head coach.
"We are very excited to have Jason Tarnow join our Bantam family as our head men's lacrosse coach," said Interim Director of Athletics Kristen Noone. "Jason brings a wealth of experience as a successful head coach and player, a passion for the game, and a deep level of commitment to developing our athletes as students and members of our campus and Hartford community. We are thrilled to welcome him to Trinity and excited for the future of the program."
Tarnow was hired as the first head coach in program history for the Yellow Jackets in 2012 where he built the program into a perennial championship contender in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). He led Baldwin Wallace to the OAC semifinals in four consecutive seasons from 2014 to 2017, and to a regular-season co-championship title in 2016. Under Tarnow's guidance, the Yellow Jackets boasted the top-ranked scoring defense in all of Division III lacrosse for the past three seasons, including an average of nearly 13 points per game in 2017. Tarnow, a member of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American Committee, was named the OAC Co-Coach of the Year this spring after leading Baldwin Wallace to a 12-3 overall record and 7-1 mark in conference play.
Tarnow was also the head men's lacrosse coach at The College of Wooster for nine seasons, where his teams never had a losing season and posted a 72-51 record with a .577 winning percentage. He was selected the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Coach of the Year in 2004 after his team won the school's first conference title and reached its first NCAA Tournament, and the Scots were ranked among the best teams in the nation during the 2008 campaign. Tarnow boasts a career record of 123-72 in 14 seasons at the two schools. Tarnow also served as an assistant coach at Butler University and at his alma mater, Salisbury University. He was the defensive coordinator at Butler where he coached two players who were named to the North-South All-Star game and helped lead Salisbury to the NCAA Division III National Championship game in 2000.
"I am incredibly honored and humbled to be the next head men's lacrosse coach at Trinity College," said Tarnow. "I would like to thank Kristen Noone and the entire search committee for this opportunity. I am excited to join the current team and the many proud alumni of Bantam Lacrosse as we work together to move this program forward."
Also owning athletic administration experience at the Severn School in Maryland, Tarnow graduated from Salisbury with a bachelor's degree in communications. As a player at Salisbury, he was a two-time USILA All-American and ranks in the top ten all-time in saves. He was named the 1998 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Player of the Year as well as the MVP of the 1999 National Champion team. Prior to Salisbury, Tarnow was a two-year starter at Michigan State before the program was cut in the winter of 1997. He also ranks among the top-ten in all-time saves for the Spartans.
The Trinity men's lacrosse program has a rich history with nine appearances in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships and seven New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship bids. The Bantams posted its highest-ever win total with a 12-4 record and made its first appearance in the NESCAC Championship Semifinals in 2011. In 2012, the Bantams recorded an 11-7 mark, returned to the NESCAC Semifinals, earned the program's first bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, and downed Eastern Connecticut, 13-9, for the first NCAA win in team history. The Bantams posted a 5-10 record last spring and finished tied with Hamilton for 10th place in the NESCAC with a 1-9 mark against league teams.