Hometown: Fulton, NY
Title: Director of Lacrosse
Lelan Rogers ranks as one of the top head lacrosse coaches nationally, as his .787 winning percentage (185-50) still ranks 14th all-time of any collegiate coach at any level.
A veteran head coach at the Division III and professional levels, Rogers transformed Syracuse University into one of the top defensive teams in the nation before joining SPIRE in 2021.
During his time at Syracuse, he led the team to two national championships (2008 and 2009) and his units have ranked in the top five nationally in score defense three times (2009-20011), top-15 six times and in the top three in their league in 10 of the 12 seasons since Syracuse joined a conference in 2010.
Under Rogers, Syracuse consistently ranked among the national leaders in caused turnovers since they became an official NCAA statistic in 2010. The Orange was second (10.67 per game) in that category in 2010, fifth (9.82 per game) in 2011 and eighth in both 2012 (8.59 per game) and 2020 (9.80 per game).
Rogers’ teams have also been excellent clearing teams, posting six of the 47 total seasons that a team has cleared at 90-percent or better since the statistic was created, including a 91-percent mark in 2020 before the season was stopped. That was fifth in the nation at the time.
His unit’s overall success has led to individual recognition for a host of Orange defenders. Rogers has coached 17 different defensive players to earn a combined 31 defensive All-Americans at Syracuse, highlighted by three- time All-American Brandon Mullins. The group includes two-time USILA First Team selections Joel White, John Lade and John Galloway. All three of those players were voted the best at their positions in either 2010 or 2011. In 2010, White became the first long stick to the win the Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin Jr. Award as the nation’s top midfielder. He was also a Tewaaraton Award finalist as national player of the year as a junior and senior.
In addition to his work with the defense, Rogers also played a key role in Orange recruiting. During his tenure, Syracuse’s recruiting classes were consistently ranked among the nation’s best. In 2014, while he was recruiting coordinator, the Orange welcomed the No. 2 overall class to campus. It featured seven Inside Lacrosse “Power 100” players, including No. 1 overall prospect Jordan Evans.
A 1987 graduate of Syracuse, Rogers returned to his alma mater in 2005, following a five-year stint as head men’s lacrosse coach at Cortland, to serve as the director of lacrosse operations.
He was also the head coach of Major League Lacrosse’s (MLL) Chicago Machine during the summer of 2007.
Rogers resides in Syracuse. He has a daughter, Paige, and son, Casey. Paige is a former member of the Orange women’s lacrosse team, Casey is a defensive end on the Nebraska football team.
Education and Professional Development:
- Higher Education Administration/Athletic Administration, M.S. – Syracuse University (SU)
- Speech Communications, B.S. – SU
- USILA National Convention – Guest Lecturer
- Syracuse Coaching Clinic – Director of Clinic and Guest Lecturer
- NYSPHSAA Lacrosse Coaching Clinic – Guest Lecturer
- US Lacrosse National Convention – Guest Lecturer
- 2009 and 2008 NCAA Division I National Champions
- 14 NCAA Tournament Appearances
- Coached 79 USILA All Americans
- Coached Tewaaraton Award Winner
- Coached Two Midfielder of the Year
- Ranked 14th goals against (7.62) in 2008 and 4th (7.38) in 2009
- 2005 Head Coach USILA Division III North Team
- 2003 SUNYAC Coach of the Year
- 1998 NCAC Coach of the Year
- 1998 Finalist for USILA Division III Coach of the Year
- 1996 NCAC Coach of the Year
- 1995 NCAC Coach of the Year
- 1995 Head Coach USILA Division III South Team
- 1993 NCAC Coach of the Year
Experience (Coaching and Playing):
- Ranks as one of the top head coaches nationally, as his .787 winning percentage (185-50) still ranks 14th all-time of any collegiate coach at any level
- Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Defensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator, Syracuse University (2007-2021)
- Director of Men’s Lacrosse Operations, SU (2006-2007)
- Chicago Machine Head Coach, MLL (2006-2007)
- Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, State University of NY at Cortland (2000-2006)
- Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Ohio Wesleyan University (1990-1999)
- Captain – SU Wrestling team, NCAA qualifier and New York State Collegiate champion and two-time Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) finalist
- Graduate assistance for SU’s national championship squads (1988-90)
- Member of Syracuse University’s NCAA semifinal team (1987)
- Lawrence University wrestling team captain. He was the Division III national wrestling champion at 190 pounds in 1985 and the national runner-up at 177 pounds in 1983.