Tom Carmean (carr-MEEN) enters his eighth season as the Quakers’ head men’s lacrosse coach. He came to Guilford in June 2010 and became the 12th head men’s lacrosse coach in school history. The Quakers enjoyed their best season (9-7) since 1993 in 2011 and opened the 2014 campaign with an unprecedented 5-0 record.
Over the previous seven seasons, Carmean has totaled a record of 58-53, which includes five years at .500 or better. He has led the development of 14 All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) selections, including two-time pick Adam Fiore. Fiore graduated in 2016 ranked third in school history with 212 career points, a 3.93 points per game average. Carmean has led the Quakers to two ODAC Tournaments in six seasons.
In addition to wins, Guilford’s team roster size, grade point average and community engagement have increased significantly in Carmean’s tenure.
Carmean served for 11 seasons as the head men’s lacrosse coach at Amherst College where he guided the Lord Jeffs to an 82-76 record from 1999-2010. He coached three All-Americans and 25 All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) selections in his tenure, including two-time league Player of the Year Derek Cherney.
Carmean co-founded the Elite 180 Recruiting Camp and Fall Combine in 2005. The Elite 180 program is geared towards potential student-athletes interested in playing lacrosse at some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities.
Carmean parlayed a prolific scholastic career at Ithaca (N.Y.) High School into a lacrosse scholarship at the University of Massachusetts. The attackman led the Minutemen’s scorers in each of his three seasons and played in two NCAA Tournaments for legendary coach Dick Garber. Carmean earned an honorable mention All-America selection from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in 1985 before securing second-team laurels in 1986 and first-team recognition in 1987. He scored 186 career points (88 goals, 98 assists), which still stand among the Minutemen’s all-time leaders, and graduated in 1988 with a degree in English.
In addition to coaching, Carmean enjoyed an 11-season professional lacrosse career that included five All-Pro seasons. He helped the Boston Blazers to three Major Indoor Lacrosse League Championships Series and also played with the New York Saints and Rochester Knighthawks in the National Lacrosse League. Carmean served as a team captain five times and won six team Most Valuable Player Awards. In 2001, he suited up for the Bridgeport Barrage of Major League Lacrosse. He has also coached in the professional ranks, spending two seasons as offensive coordinator for the Charlotte Hounds, runners-up in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse playoffs.