Jeff McGuigan begins his 12th season as the head coach of the women's lacrosse program at RIT in 2017-18. He is the all-time leader in coaching wins at RIT with 92, guiding the Tigers to three Empire 8 playoff berths in five seasons, and a trip to the Liberty League Tournament appearance in 2012.
RIT is 92-86 in McGuigan's 11 seasons as head coach, including eight wins in 2017. The Tigers have won 10 or more games in a season four times under McGuigan. He has coached over 50 all-conference selections, including Emily Livecchi, Sammy Ward, Nicole Bingo, Jordan Guerreri and Cassie Swan, who were All-Liberty League selections in 2017.
Livecchi enters her final season at RIT fourth all-time in scoring with 179 points on 134 goals and 45 assists. She was the Liberty League Rookie of the Year in 2015, and is a three-time All-Liberty League selection.
McGuigan brought in Shelby Vakiener, RIT’s all-time leading scorer and 2013 RIT Senior Female Athlete of the Year, she finished her career with 351 career points, on 248 career goals, and 103 career assists. Vakiener is just outside the top-20 all time in scoring at the Division III level, cracking 100 points in a season twice, including a school mark 115 points in 2012. She was a three-time All-American.
In addition, Sage Sarkis was a three-time first team All-Liberty League selection (2014-2016), the 2016 Liberty League Co-Player of the Year, a 2013 Synapse Sports National All-Rookie Team selection, as well as a Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) second team All-American in 2014. She finished her career second all-time in scoring at RIT with 267 points and second with 213 career goals.
In 2009, McGuigan led the Tigers to a program-record 13 wins and a second place finish in the Empire 8.
In addition, McGuigan’s squads excel in the classroom, earning Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Team Academic Honor from 2009-2017. Carly Augustyn was a Capital One/Co-SIDA Academic All-American selection in 2013, while Augustyn and Ashleigh Caruso were All-District selections.
McGuigan also coached Kelsey Evans, who became RIT’s first women’s lacrosse All-America in 2009. Under McGuigan's tutelage, Evans was named the Empire 8 Goalkeeper of the Year three consecutive times.
McGuigan arrived at RIT after a very successful stint as the head varsity coach at Penfield High School. In 2005, he was named the Monroe County Class AA Coach of the Year. He has coached 44 Academic All-Americans and two National All-Americans. From 2002 to 2005, he led Penfield to a 52-21 record.
In addition, McGuigan coached girls modified soccer, basketball and cross-country, and was a modified and varsity football coach. McGuigan, a graduate of SUNY Cortland, received his bachelor’s degree in economics and public administration. He also played football for the Red Dragons, and coached the U.S. Lacrosse U15 New York Team to a third place finish in 2009.
McGuigan retired from the Rochester Police Department in 2006. He lives in Penfield with his wife, Susan, and has two children, Erin and Kevin. Erin is married to former Babson College head lacrosse coach, Brendan Gorman, and they have one son, Flynn.