Entering his 14th year as head coach of the Keene State men's lacrosse team, Mark Theriault is looking to lead the Owls back to the Little East Conference and a berth to the NCAA Tournament. Posting a 10-6 (6-1 LEC) record last season, the Owls came up just short of their goal, losing a hard fought game against rival Eastern Conn. in last year’s LEC finals.
Under the direction of Theriault, the Owls captured their third consecutive and fourth overall LEC title in 2012, sweeping all three major conference awards, including offensive, defensive player and rookie of the year honors. Theriault’s team earned a reputation for never giving up, coming back from a eight goal deficit to defeat rival Eastern Conn. 19-17 during the regular season and posting a 14-9 win over the Warriors in the LEC finals, tying a school record with their 11th straight victory.
Playing a highly-competitive schedule which includes some of the top teams in the region, Theriault, a four-time LEC Coach of the Year, has led the Owls to a 139-62 (.691) overall record and a highly- impressive 61-8 (.897) mark in conference play since ushering KSC into the league in 2000.
Joining a two-year-old varsity program in 1999, Theriault has seen his hard work pay off. He has not only built the Owls into one of the top programs in New England, but he's also moved the team into the national spotlight, garnering a 17th place finish in the 2008 USILA poll.
Under Theriault, the team has claimed four Little East tournament titles, appeared in eight conference championship games, and produced 61 All-Little East Conference players and seven Offensive Players of the Year, four Rookies of the Year, and the Defensive Player of the Year honoree three consecutive seasons (2006-08) as well as in 2011. In 2010, Griffin Meehan followed up his Rookie of the Year honors by being tabbed the Little East Conference player of the year and being named to the USILA All-American Team. The junior was also the NCAA Division III statistical champion for points per game.
In 2011, Meehan earned LEC player of the year and USILA All-American honors for the second year in a row. In 2008, Tony Santa Fe received Offensive Player of the Year honors, and goalie Matt Johnson '08 was selected as the LEC's Defensive Player of the Year. In 2007, Johnson joined Eric Momnie '05 as Keene State's first two USILA All-Americas.
Eight players have participated in the senior East/West All-Star game, including Matt Schairer and Sean LeBlanc last year. Johnson participated in the 2008 North/South Senior All-Star game. Theriault served as a coach at the North/South All-Star game in 2009.
Prior to his tenure at Keene State, Coach Theriault was the head coach at Western New England College, where he went 14-3 and won the Pilgrim League championship in 1996.
Throughout his coaching career, Theriault has been active in the sport. He was the chair of the men's lacrosse conference, was a voting member of the national Division III poll, and served on the Regional Advisory Committee for the NCAA. Currently, Theriault sits on the All-America selection committee.
Coach Theriault is the owner/director of the Elite 180 Lacrosse Recruiting.
Theriault is a 1996 graduate of Springfield College, where he was a two-time All-American. During his junior year, when the Pride won a national championship, he was the Most Valuable Player of the championship game. At the end of his senior year, Theriault was voted Most Outstanding Midfielder in the nation. Theriault also participated in the North/South Senior All-Star game at Johns Hopkins University. He played lacrosse professionally for the Boston Blazers and in 1996 was voted the Unsung Hero of the team. He continues to play in a summer league in western Massachusetts.
Coach Theriault resides in Winchester, N.H., with his twin boys Jack and Connor, and two Siberian huskies.