Mike Gongas joined the Marist men's lacrosse coaching staff in August 2013.
Gongas helped lead J.D. Recor to his third All-MAAC Second Team selection in 2017. Recor became the program's and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's all-time assists leader that season and moved up to second on Marist's all-time points list with 222. Recor was also a USILA All-Star and got picked up by the New York Lizards in the MLL Collegiate Draft.
In 2016, Gongas led the no. 1 man up unit in the country, as the Red Foxes went 17-for-28 for a .607 conversion percentage. He coached the program's all-time scoring leader, senior Joseph Radin, to a second consecutive MAAC Offensive Player of the Year award. Radin competed in the USILA North-South All-Star Game in which Gongas also served as an assistant coach on the sidelines and was selected by the Charlottel Hounds in the MLL Collegiate Draft. In the MAAC, Marist finished first in shot percentage (.298), shots on goal per (20.56) and man up goals (17) in 2016.
During Marist's record setting 2015 season in which it won its first NCAA Tournament game, Gongas led the Red Foxes to top 15 finishes nationally in five offensive categories. Marist was second in extra man opportunities, scoring 56 percent of the time (28-for-50). The Red Foxes also finished 13th in assists per game (7.06) and shots per game (.320), 14th in goals per game (11.78), and 15th in points per game (18.83).
As offensive coordinator in 2014, Gongas helped lead the Red Foxes to their first MAAC Championship game appeareance since 2005. Marist topped the MAAC and ranked 21st nationally in scoring offense, averaging 11 goals per game. The Red Foxes ranked second in the MAAC for shot percentage (28.9) and third for points per game (15.87). Freshman J.D. Recor finished the year 11th in the nation for assists per game (2.07) and first among all freshmen. Colin Joka ranked seventh nationally for shot percentage (47.9).
Gongas came to the Red Foxes after serving two seasons as the top assistant and offensive coordinator at Sacred Heart out of the NEC. The Pioneers made their first appearance in the NEC Tournament in 2012, falling to Bryant, the top seed and eventual champions, in the semifinals. Prior to Sacred Heart, Gongas was at Presbyterian College for three years where he was the top assistant for the 2008 and 2009 seasons before being promoted to head coach for the 2011 season. In 2007, he spent a semester as the top assistant at Suffolk Community College.
Gongas graduated from Adelphi University in 2007, where he was an All-Conference and All-American player in his two seasons. He played his freshman and sophomore years at UMass-Amherst, where he advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2005. Gongas was drafted in the 2007 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Supplemental Draft by the Long Island Lizards and participated in their 2008 training camp. He signed a contract with the New York Titans of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) in September of 2007. He also played the majority of four seasons in the Canadian Box Lacrosse League.
What they are saying…
“As a peer, I have always admired Mike's hard work and dedication to his programs. This is evident in both the passion for his players and also his tireless work ethic on the recruiting trail. He is someone I have always had a strong desire to work with and know he will be a great addition to the Marist lacrosse family.” - Marist Head Coach Keegan Wilkinson
“Marist lacrosse took a great step forward with the hiring of Michael Gongas. Coach Gongas is a tireless worker and recruiter, and will bring an immediate positive impact to the Marist program. Coach Wilkinson has not just added a coach to his staff, but more importantly, a great person with tremendous values.” - Seth Tierney, Hofstra Men's Lacrosse Head Coach