Zach Nedbalski

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Zach Nedbalski is entering his sixthyear at the helm of the Methodist men's lacrosse team.

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 Div. II institution.

Under Nedbalski's leadership, five players were named to the all-conference team, including SEILC Offensive Player of the Year Jake Smerka. Smerka also took home the two top University awards as he as named MU's top male senior athlete, as well as the Mason Sykes cup - given to the University's top overall student-athlete.

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. The 2017 team also saw Smerka rank 6th nationally in man-up goals, Kyle Clarkson was 26th in assists/game, and Jackson Bingham was 28th in goals-against average,

In 2016, the Monarchs posted their second consecutive .500 season with a record of 9-9. Nedbalski led his team to the title game of the Southeast Independent Lacrosse Championship, where they fell to Ferrum, 16-13, on the Panthers' home field. He saw five players selected to the All-SEILC team, including SEILC Newcomer of the Year Kyle Clarkson.

His 2016 team ranked in the top 50 nationally in scoring offense, ground balls per game and faceoff winning percentage.

In the team's second season of competition, the Monarchs compiled an overall record of 8-8 - a five-game improvement from the team's 3-10 record in its inaugural season. His 2015 squad ranked fourth in NCAA Div. III in man-up offense, converting nearly 50 percent of their extra-man opportunities.

Nedbalski had spent the previous two years as a graduate assistant coach at Berry College. He served as the Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator while helping to see the program through its 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.