B.A., Queen’s University; M.S., Berry College
Zach Nedbalski is entering his sixth year at the helm of the Methodist men’s lacrosse team, having posted a record of 35-30 in the program’s first four years.
The Monarchs had a banner season in 2017, posting a record of 15-3 and capturing the Southeast Independent Lacrosse Championship with a 15-10 win over Ferrum. Of the Monarchs’ three losses, one came to eventual NCAA National Champion Salisbury and another was to an NCAA Division II institution. Nedbalski also picked up SEILC Coach of the Year honors. He was also pegged as the University’s McLean Foundation Coach of the Year, as voted on by a committee of MU faculty and staff.
The 2017 team ranked in the Top 30 nationally in assists, assists/game, face-off winning percentage, ground balls, ground balls/game, points/game, scoring offense and man-up offense. The Monarchs’ winning percentage of .833 was the 11th best in Division III.
Nedbalski had spent the previous two years as a graduate assistant coach at Berry College, where he earned his M.S. in secondary education. He served as the Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator during Berry’s initial two seasons.
Before joining Berry, Nedbalski spent two years as an assistant at Randolph-Macon College. He helped lead R-MC to 14 wins and back-to-back appearances in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference postseason tournament in his two seasons there.
Nedbalski went to Randolph-Macon after spending the 2007-08 season in London. As a Local Development Officer for the English Lacrosse Association, Nedbalski helped develop lacrosse in South London primary and secondary schools.
Before heading across the pond, Nedbalski attended Queen’s University of Charlotte, N.C., where he earned his B.A. in history. Nedbalski was part of the first men’s lacrosse team at Queen’s. Nedbalski served as a two-year captain and earned the Coach’s Award in 2004 and 2007.