Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/29/18
Coach John Nostrant, who built The Haverford School into an Inter-Ac League and National power with 475 wins over an illustrious career, will step down following a transition year in 2019.
Nostrant informed families and supporters Monday. The decision was a mutual agreement between Haverford and Nostrant, who has two children playing college lacrosse and one that just graduated.
“I will continue to coach Haverford lacrosse in the upcoming year, and will work to ensure that the new head coach is someone who will uphold the values that are so dear to Haverford, and to me,” Nostrant said in a statement. “The team and the program are in great shape.
“As I reflect on my 27 years of coaching lacrosse at Haverford, I feel fortunate. I’ve enjoyed working with coaches, with admissions, and with the administration to find the right kids … the kids who love what Haverford has to offer in the classroom and on the playing fields. Athletics is a subset of what life truly is all about: you have to work well with others and collaborate, you have to find your role and adapt, you have to have open lines of communication.”
In 2018 Haverford School went 16-4 and fell to Malvern Prep, 17-13, in the Inter-Ac League championship. The Fords finished No. 2 in the final Phillylacrosse.com Rankings and were among the Top 20 in the National polls.
The Haverford School has been a power at all levels under Nostrant for years. In 2011 and 2015 the Fords were undefeated and considered North America champions by all rankings. Nostrant has won 14 Inter-Ac championships at Haverford (he also coached one year at St. Albans, VA). He was the Phillylacrosse.com Coach of the Year in both 2011 and 2015 and the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association (NILCA) Co-Coach of the Year for the 2015 season. He was inducted into the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2011.
Nostrant’s eldest daughter, Olivia, just graduated from High Point and son Johnny is a rising sophomore at Top 10 program Penn State who saw playing time as a freshman. Youngest daughter Marcella will be a freshman player this year at Virginia Commonwealth in the fall. He has admitted that juggling the schedule to watch his kids play while coaching has been difficult.
“The most satisfying part of coaching is the ongoing connections with our alumni who have gone on to do really wonderful things. Having guys come back to games, come back to coach on the sidelines, email or text after we win big games … it all reinforces the positive aspects and influences of the program. It has been tremendously impactful for me.”
Nostrant continues to head the Mesa Lacrosse club program.
The Delco Times’ Matt De George reported that Haverford School Headmaster Dr. John Nagl indicated the next hire will come from outside the program and that Haverford School is “already talking to some folks” about the high-profile opening.”
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