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Stephen Wagner

Stephen Wagner joined The College at Brockport Athletic Department in 2012 as the women's head lacrosse coach. Wagner came to Brockport following stints at multiple NCAA programs, with stops at Division I, II, and III programs.


During the 2019 season Wagner led his team to the programs first SUNYAC title, finishing the year with an overall record of 16-5, which broke the record for most wins in a single season. The 2019 Golden Eagles produced six All-Conference selections, including three first-team honorees and Allison Jennings as SUNYAC Rookie Of the Year. In his seventh campaign at the helm, Wagner was named SUNYAC coach of the year after helping to lead a team that broke the school record for most goals in a single-season with 296 tallies, and landing a national ranking as No. 20 in the IWLCA polls and No.15 in the Nike poll. The Golden Eagles received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they fell in the second-round.


Wagner led Brockport to a 9-9 record and 6-2 mark in conference play, which earned them the third spot in the SUNYAC playoffs. The Green and Gold knocked off the second seed SUNY Geneseo in the first round of playoffs to advance to the championship game. Under the helm of Wagner, he coached five members to the All-Conference list. Heather Conklin and Sara Grapevine received First-Team selections, where Jade Williams and Jillian Babinsky landed Second-Team, and Nikki Nolan took a Third-Team honoree.


The 2016 season saw Wagner help Brockport earn a No. 9 ranking in the nation, the highest of his time with the Golden Eagles. In 2016, the Golden Eagles also won 11 consecutive games, a new Brockport record, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, Wagners first appearnce in the NCAA post-season. Wagner was named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year, and earned the Defensive Player of the Year in Courtney Szczesniak. The Green and Gold placed five on the All-SUNYAC list that season, with Kelly Wall, Makensie Schuber, and Szczesniak all named to the First-Team, and Cassandra Minered and Jessica Boddery were named to the Third-Team.


The 2014 season saw attacker Kelly Wall named SUNYAC Rookie of the Year and ECAC Co-Rookie of the Year after a dominating offensive showing in her first collegiate season. The Golden Eagles had three All-SUNYAC selections as Wall and junior Colleen Hathaway were chosen to the first-team and senior Emily Zartman earned a second-team selection. Zartman was named to the North squad for the annual Division III North-South All-Star game. Wagner’s three year coaching record stands at 57-28 (.671 winning percentage).


In his first season at the helm, Wagner led the team to an impressive 10-5 record and a trip to the SUNYAC Tournament. The Golden Eagles finished the season as one of the teams also receiving votes in the season-ending national poll.


Wagner topped his inaugural season with a 12-6 mark in 2013 and a second conseuctive apperance in the SUNYAC Tournament. Brockport, the No. 4 seed, defeated Oneonta before falling to eventual SUNYAC champion Cortland. Brockport finished off the regular season with a 13-8 victory over previously undefeated and No. 14 ranked Fredonia Blue Devils.


The 2013 team saw four players earn all-conference and all-region honors, including Kaila Maguire who became the first Brockport player since 2010 to earn first team All-Empire Region from the IWLCA. Sarah Brown became the all-time record holder in career and single season assists and finished her career ranked second.


Wagner was a former defensive coordinator for the Brockport women's team in its inaugural season in 2001. Wagner helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 10-5 record and a trip to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament semifinals. The Brockport defense was ranked 19th nationally in goals allowed that season.


From there, Wagner's career blossomed into a string of successful seasons. Following one year at Brockport, Wagner accepted a position as the top assistant at St. Bonaventure University. In the program's third season of play, Wagner helped the Bonnies reach seven wins, a school a record for victories in a season at the time.


After the 2002 season, Wagner became the head women's coach at NCAA Division II Gannon University. In his first six seasons at the helm, Wagner posted a record of 61-30 and never had a losing season. The team was nationally ranked every season under Wagner.


Wagner's success led him to an assistant coaching position at Division I University of Connecticut. Following one season for the Huskies, Wagner returned to Gannon to post a 24-12-1 record over the next two seasons. Over the course of Wagner's eight seasons at Gannon, 16 players garnered All-American honors and 23 players collected all-region awards.


Wagner graduated from Nazareth College in 2001 with a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy

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