U13 National Team

 

Will Koshansky - Head Coach

Will is finishing his first season as the Head Coach at Staples HS in Westport. Staples finished the regular season with a 12-4 record. He spent the previous six seasons as Varsity Lacrosse Assistant Coach & Head Defensive Coordinator at New Canaan High School.   Under Will's direction, the team recorded the lowest goals against average in the history of the program (4.36 goals against) in 2013. 

Will graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.  As a junior he led the Ivy League and was ranked third in the NCAA in Caused Turnovers per Game, garnering his team's Most Improved Player Award.  While at UPENN he was a four year starter, a team captain, and two-time 2nd team All-Ivy Midfielder as an LSM. 

Will played professional lacrosse for seven seasons for the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Rochester Rattlers of the MLL.

Will grew up on Long Island and played for nationally ranked St. Anthony’s High School.  As a senior he was voted captain by his teammates.  In high school Will was a two time All-CHSAA defenseman and won his teams award for the top defenseman.

 

Chris Roberts - Assistant Coach

Chris Roberts coaches lacrosse at Canterbury School in New Milford, CT. Coach Roberts has been the head coach since 2003. During that time he has coached four All-Americans. In addition to coaching, he is the Chair of the Math Department.

Prior to working at Canterbury, Chris played four years of defense legendary coach Bill Tierney at Princeton winning the National Championship three times ('96, '97, '98.) The 1997 National Championship team was crowned Champion of Champions in 2015.

Prior to Princeton, Chris played for Hall of Fame Coach Bob Hartranft at Farmingdale High School. He served as captain during his senior year and was an All-County selection and a runner up Academic All-American.

Coach Roberts has volunteered with New Milford Youth Lacrosse since it's inception and currently coaches the 2023-2024 team.

Jon Basti - Assistant Coach

Jon Basti is entering his sixth season as Sacred Heart's head coach in 2019. Basti came to Sacred Heart after serving as the Associate Head Coach at the University of Hartford from 2009-13.

Basti led the Pioneers to their winningest seasons in the program's Division I history (since 2000) in 2017 when SHU went 9-6 overall and earned a berth in the NEC Tournament for the first time in Basti's tenure as head coach. The Pioneers followed that up with a seven-win campaign in 2018, earning a bid into the NEC Tournament for the second consecutive season. Basti has led SHU to 15 wins over the last two seasons (2017-18) which stands as the highest two-season combined win total for SHU at the Division I level. Basti also guided Max Tuttle, who became the program's first-ever All-American in 2018.

In his first season as head coach in 2014, the Pioneers went 6-9 and were 4-2 in Northeast Conference play. Sacred Heart earned a berth to the NEC Tournament for the second straight season as well. Five Pioneers earned All-NEC honors in 2014, with a program-high three student-athletes (Cody Marquis, Alex Miller, and Andrew Newbold) on the First Team.

During his tenure at Hartford, the Hawks won their first-ever America East Championship and earned their first NCAA Tournament berth in 2011. Under Basti’s guidance, face-off specialist Tim Fallon became the fourth Hartford Hawk to be named a Division I All-American and the first player in program history to be a repeat All-American. Fallon led the nation in 2010 with 9.4 ground balls per game and a 62.2 face-off percentage. 

Basti now presides over the program where his coaching career began. He was an assistant coach at Sacred Heart from 2000-02, working with the face-off and defensive units. Basti then was the head coach at Eastern Connecticut State from 2002-04, leading ECSU to two Little East Conference titles and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. 

A 1999 graduate of Fairfield University with degrees in both politics and history, Basti was a member of the Stags’ 1996 and 1997 MAAC championship teams. Basti also received his Master’s Degree from Fairfield in Education/Social Studies in 2002. He returned to his alma mater in 2005 and was an assistant coach for three seasons. In 2005, the Stags were ranked as high as 15th in the national polls and won the Great Western Lacrosse League championship. He then spent one year at Lafayette before moving on to Hartford.