Pioneer 2023 Head Coach
John Klepacki, who wrapped up his 16th season as the Western New England University men's lacrosse coach in 2017, is among the top coaches in the nation today. Klepacki has posted an impressive 212-90 career and school mark for a .702 winning percentage, which ranks fifth among active NCAA Division III coaches.
The winningest coach in terms of percentage among all current WNE head coaches, Klepacki has overseen all seven of the Golden Bears' runs in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship since 2002. WNE has won more Commonwealth Coast Conference men's lacrosse championships (6) than any other program since joining the league in 2008.
John has 19 years of coaching the club level in Western Mass. He has helped many players develop their high school game to a higher level. Whether that be the jv player making the varisty or taking his game to the college level. John enjoys coaching the youth in the off season to help players challenge themselves.
Plus develop a better understanding of what it takes to be successful in this great sport. It has been his honor to be involved in so many Western Mass players careers. Recently 14 out of the 25 selections for All Western Mass were members of the 413 lacrosse program. John understand how the recruiting process works at all divisions and he is committed to helping players find the proper niche for what they want out of their college experience.
Named Commonwealth Coast Conference Coach-of-the-Year (2012 & 2016
Named ECAC New England DIII Coach of the Year (2016)
Named USILA Division III Coach-of-the-Year and NEILA Coach-of-the-Year (2007)
Named Pilgrim League Coach-of-the-Year (2002, 2004, 2007)
Boston Cannons (MLL) Defensive Coordinator (2016)
Graduate of Springfield College (1996)
Won Division 2 National Championship (1994)
Pioneer 2023 Assistant Coach
Shad grew up in Syracuse,NY. He attended and played lacrosse at Springfield College and graduated with a BA in Early Education. Shad currently runs 3 childcare programs. He is active in his town lacrosse program with his 2 children Carter and Coleson. He currently lives in Longmeadow.