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St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure University Dept of Athletics
P.O. Box G - Reilly Center St Bonaventure, NY 14778
Division 1 New York Northeast
Private Small National competitor

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Jason Levesque

Jason Levesque brings over 14 years of competitive coaching experience to St. Bonaventure across various levels and made an immediate impact upon being named head coach of the program in 2020.


Despite the season being shortened due to COVID-19, St. Bonaventure still posted its first 4-0 start in 14 years and finished the seven-game campaign with a 5-2 mark overall. In addition to the success on the field, the Bonnies were successful in the classroom as well with a department-best 3.79 team GPA in Spring 2020.


Originally from St. Catharines, Ontario, Levesque has coached at multiple levels on the international stage. Working with the Canadian Men’s National Team as an Assistant Coach in both 2014 and 2018, Levesque helped guide Team Canada to the gold medal of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in 2014 and the silver in 2018.


He served as an assistant coach with the Canadian U-19 Junior Men’s National Team from 2015-16, helping Team Canada to a silver medal at the 2016 FIL World Championships. The previous year, he was an assistant coach for the Canadian U-17 Men’s Junior National Team.


He most recently served as a coach at IMG Academy for nearly four years. At IMG, Levesque was one of four coaches that concurrently worked with four teams – the girls varsity and three boys varsity squads. He managed the day-to-day operations of the girls program during its inaugural season at IMG. While working with the lacrosse programs there, he helped develop multiple Division I student-athletes within both the boys and girls programs.


Levesque guided Division II Adams State University’s men’s program from 2014-16. As Adams State Head Coach, he coached the 2015 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Co-Offensive Player of the Year and well as the 2015 Co-Longstick Midfielder of the Year. In 2016, with an affiliation switch to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Levesque recruited and mentored the Conference’s Freshman of the Year. In two years at Adams State, eleven players earned postseason All-Conference nods while ten earned All-Academic honors.


Levesque was hired by Division III Alma College to build both the men’s and women’s programs from scratch in January 2011. In August of 2011, Levesque led the search for and assisted in the hiring of the first-ever head women’s lacrosse coach. During his three years as head coach of the men’s squad, he saw the team’s win total improve each season.


As a player, he was a four-year starter in the midfield for Canisius from 2000-04. He was an instrumental part of helping the Griffs to their first two conference tournament berths in program history. After graduating, Levesque returned to his alma mater as the defensive and recruiting coordinator for the Griffs from 2008-10 following a three-year stint to start his coaching career with the Lees-McRae (N.C.) College men’s lacrosse staff in that same role

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Shannon Mackesey

Shannon Mackesey is in her third season with the Bonnies, serving as an assistant coach on the women's lacrosse coaching staff.


Mackesey joins the Bonnies after graduating from the University at Albany. She was a four-year member of the Great Danes lacrosse team that qualified for the America East Championships all four years of her career. She also helped Albany to an at-large bid in the 2014 and 2017 NCAA Tournament. She has been the assistant coach of the Albany Elite Club lacrosse team for the past three years.

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Courtney Lafler

Courtney Lafler was named St. Bonaventure women's lacrosse assistant coach in August 2021 and joins the staff for her first season in 2022.


Lafler joins the Bonnies after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Limestone (S.C.) College. The Penn Yan, N.Y. native graduated to the coaching ranks after a decorated playing career at Limestone.


During her senior season of 2019, she was nearly unstoppable playing for the Saints, becoming just the second athlete in NCAA Division II to score 100 goals in a single season after leading the nation with 100 goals along with 25 assists for 125 total points. During her senior season, she scored at least two goals in each of her 20 games played including five or more goals 11 times with a high of eight. She finished her four-year career as the Limestone all-time record-holder for career goals, tallying 213 over the course of 79 games including 70 starts.


She was named All-Conference Carolinas First Team three times, captured the conference Offensive Player of the Year accolades as a senior and also earned First Team All-Region and All-American honors from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). She also received Conference Carolinas post-season tournament most valuable player recognition in her senior season and was a standout in the classroom as well, earning Academic All-Conference awards while receiving her bachelor's degree in sport management.

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