Four-time All-American goalie Jake Coon is in his fourth year as an assistant coach at UMass. He joined the UMass coaching staff in September of 2005. Coon came to the Minutemen after serving as an assistant at Nazareth College for five years.
After one season with the Minutemen, Coon was elevated to the top assistant coach position prior to the 2007 season. Coon runs the Minuteman defense and works closely with the goalies.
Coon was largely instrumental in the rise and success of UMass goalie Doc Schneider over the past two years. The freshman was named to the All-Tournament Team of the NCAA Championships after leading the Minutemen to the title game. Schneider was named to the Tewaaraton Watch List in 2007 and finished among the nation's top 10 in goals against and save percentage.
"We are really happy to have Jake in our program," said head coach Greg Cannella. "Jake fits our program as a hard-working, blue-collar type. He has accomplished a tremendous amount in his academic and athletic careers through hard work and determination. He has the type of attributes that suit him very well at the University of Massachusetts."
Coon completed his eighth season as a goalie in Major League Lacrosse in 2007, his third with the Boston Cannons. He spent his first five seasons with the Rochester Rattlers of MLL.
He played infour games in 2008. Coon was the starting goalie for the Cannons in 2007, playing 11 games and posting an impressive 53 save percentage and high-scoring league.
Prior to coming to UMass, Coon was similarly involved in all aspects of the Nazareth program for five years helping the Golden Flyers to four NCAA Tournament berths. He worked directly with the goalies and defense at the highest level including a national championship game appearance in 2004, where the Nazareth goalie Alex Civalier was named the MVP of the game despite the loss.
Coon is one of the most distinguished players in the storied history of Nazareth lacrosse. He was the team's starting goalie for four seasons and in 2000 became the program's first-ever four-time All-American. He was a first-team selection in 1998 and 2000, each time being awarded with the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the Outstanding Goalie in Division III. As a freshman in 1997, Coon was the starting goalie on a Nazareth team that captured the NCAA Division III championship.
A native of Homer, N.Y., Coon was a three-sport standout there. At Nazareth, he set records for most career saves (769) and lowest single season goals-against average (7.32 in 2000). He also holds the NCAA Division III Tournament record (as well as the Nazareth school record) for most saves in a game with 32.
Coon earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in social science in 2001.
Coon was inducted into the Nazareth Sports Hall of Fame in April 2009.
In addition to his coaching, Coon has worked in sales and been a tech representative for Cascade Helmets for the past two years. He has also worked numerous lacrosse camps across the country since 1998.
In addition to his even years in Major League Lacrosse, Coon also played for the Rochester Knighthawks of the of the indoor National Lacrosse League from 2000-03.
Coon currently resides in Belchertown with Kara and their son Jackson (born May 2, 2008).