PLYMOUTH, N.H. - After six months of searching, Plymouth State College found its new men's lacrosse coach in its own back yard.
PSC has announced that Nate Ostis, a four-year standout and two-year captain for the Panthers, has been named new head coach. Ostis takes over the program from former coach Bob Ewell, who resigned in May after one season.
"I have been impressed with Nate Ostis over the last four years as a student-athlete, a team captain and most importantly, as a person," said PSC athletic director Steve Bamford. "He has the respect and admiration of the players, and I am confident that what he lacks in coaching experience will be more than made up for in hard work, dedication and commitment. PSC Athletics is happy to have him aboard."
A 1999 cum laude graduate of Plymouth State with a degree in Physical Education, Ostis was a midfielder for the Panthers the past four seasons. The Yarmouth, Maine, native served as co-captain both his junior and senior years, helping lead PSC to consecutive Pilgrim League play-off appearances. Ostis earned All-League and All-New England honors last spring after scoring 29 goals and 10 assists. A strong face-off man and defensive player, he finished his career with 45 goals and 31 assists in 52 games.
"The program has seen a lot of transition in recent years and it's my goal to provide some stability and continuity," said Ostis, who begins immediately. "We want to establish ourselves by building on the tradition of previous coaches. It's exciting to share my knowledge and energy for the sport I love with players at my alma mater."
Ostis played under former head coach Dave Webster at PSC for three years from 1996-98, and under coach Ewell last season. The Panthers won a school-record 11 games in 1998, and Ostis inherits a squad that finished 7-8 last season.
"We will strive to be competitive every year in the Pilgrim League," said Ostis. "We've made it to the post-season the last two years and hope to return in 2000. We need to improve in some areas, but we have good depth and strong leadership among the returnees."
The new coach is already comfortable in his new role.
"This is going to be an enjoyable year," said Ostis. "We have a unique group of individuals. We have a lot of respect for one another, and these guys lead themselves in a lot of ways."
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