Catamount Coaching Staff
Aiden is a 6 year member of Catamounts Lacrosse. He attended Rutland Town and Rutland HS and played for both Coach Pollack and Coach Labate. He attended and played for Division 1 Berkshire Private School in Sheffield, MA where he graduated from. Coach McDonnell will be attending Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to pursue his dream of being a pilot and to continue his lacrosse career. We are excited to bring Aiden in as a Catamount coach. He is excited to continue the Catamount tradition.
Rutland High School Lacrosse graduate where he played under Coach Labate and Coach Couture. Currently a sophomore defender at Castleton University under Coach McDougall, a member of the Catamount HS and College Coaches Advisory Board. Matt will focus his efforts on the defensive side of things as a defensive coach.
Coach Nuceder is our Middlebury man! A former defenseman who played his college ball at Castleton University from 1994-1998.. Coach Nuceder coach’s youth teams in Middlebury and is the head JV and Asst. Varsity coach at Middlebury High School. Coach is also the Assistant Manager at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl ski area. John is a Salisbury, Vermont native and currently resides there with his wife Jennifer and his two sons.
Coach Nalette was a standout lacrosse player and graduate of Hartford High School. Vermont State Rising Star Team member in 2017. Worked for PLL in it’s Inaugural Season. As a starting attackman on the Castleton University Lacrosse team he brings a passion and love for the game with him to the Catamounts. He looks forward to assisting in bringing a premier club experience and working closely with club administration on social media support.
Coach Wilk was a standout goalkeeper at Rutland High School. At Castleton University he got the nod for many starts in his freshman campaign and stood strong in between the pipes. During the 20-21 Spartan campaign Coach Wilk has proven to be an impact player on and off the field for the Spartans. Coach Wilk will be concentrating his efforts inside the crease area while working with the Catamount goaltenders.
Pete Hamilton joins the Catamount coaching staff in 2021. Hamilton was named a lacrosse All-American in 2004. He went on to star at Eastern Connecticut State as a four-time Little East First-Team All-Conference selection, and was named to the All-ECAC Second Team in 2008. He even received invitation for the MLL’s Baltimore Bayhawks tryouts in 2009. Hamilton has coached on several levels. Two years as a HS assistant. In the summer of 2010, he spent time in Manchester, England, building and promoting a youth lacrosse program while playing for Rochdale Lacrosse Club. Coach Hamilton was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Skidmore College in 2012/13 and an assistant coach at Castleton University from 2014-2016. Catamounts are excited to have him onboard.
Standout at Hartford HS as a 4-year varsity starter. Six-year member of Catamounts. First Team All -State four years in a row. Currently Coach Porter is playing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Coach Porter is an Industrial and Management Engineer Major at RPI. We are excited for him to bring his defensive knowledge to the club. When not at school he resides in Quechee, Vermont.
A 6 Year Catamount player and RHS player John assists on the defensive side of the ball. Coach Gatto a standout athlete at Rutland High School in football and lacrosse. As a former goalkeeper and close defensive player John is one of the Catamounts Defensive and Goalkeeper Coaches. John attended Springfield College and is currently residing in Rutland.
Coach Hayford is a US Lacrosse All-America high school player and graduate of Rutland High School. A former Catamount and member of the Castleton Men’s Lacrosse team. In HS Tyan was named 1st Team All-State his junior year and All-American as a senior. He is the proprietor of Tyan Strings and is our Catamount in-house pro stringer. His stringing stats include: String League 2017-7th place, STX Sponsor Stringer for the 2017 NCAA Final Four, STX Product Tester, Maverick Product tester, ECD Product Tester.
A native of Bennington, Jacob is a Recreational Athletic Administration an Coaching Education student and member of the Bethany College Bisons in West Virginia. Coach Rantilla is also a former Catamount. He played his HS lacrosse at Mt. Anthony High School.
Impact player at Lasell as an LSM. Former Rutland High School player who was a 4 year starter at Lasell College. He helped led the team to a GNAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 2018. He will be the Catamount LSM specialist. Currently Evan is a sport and medicine athletic trainer who has worked at Merrimack College and Barton College.
Coach Miglorie joins the Catamounts after impressive 2021 junior year campaign at Liberty University as a faceoff specialist. As a DI college player, a former Catamount, and a Vermont All-State at Rutland High School, Jared bring a wealth of skill, knowledge, and passion to the Catamount family. Previously Jared was at Farmingdale State College where he amassed an impressive 72% f/o average and previous to that he spent his freshman campaign with Nazareth College. Jared will be the Catamount face-off specialist.
A teammate of Coach Nucedar at Castleton University from 1994-1998. Coach Freund comes to the Catamounts with a wealth of lacrosse knowledge and coaching abilities. He has coached extensively at the youth levels with the programs and age groups of the Rutland Rec. Coach Freund is also owner of Sushi Yoshi Restaurant of Killington, Stowe, and Lake George. He and his wife Amanda reside in Castleton with their two laxers Gavin and Carter.
Coach Pollack comes to Catamounts with 15 plus years of coaching experience. Coach Pollock was an instrumental component of the success of the Rutland program as their middle school coach for years. Coach Pollack then left the successful and sustainable program to start a new team at Rutland Town School. He has been coaching there since 2013. A dual threat in both soccer and lacrosse, he now coaches both sports for Rutland Town School and has been a Summit FC coach for over 10 years. We are fortunate to have Coach Pollack as a part of the Catamount family.
Catamount Coaches Advisory Board
A part of your Catamount experience there will be consistent communication with both high school and college coaches to assist with player and practice development. Close communication and evaluations will help with position specific individual skill development for different age groups. As a tight knit southern Vermont lacrosse community, our advisory board will allow for the club and schools to work closely together for the benefit of each individual player. The connections and relationships the Catamount staff has made over the years will assure your child has a premier development experience.
Castleton University: Head Coach
Middlebury High School: Assistant Varsity/JV
Brattleboro Union High School: Head Coach
Woodstock Union High School: Head Coach
Rutland Town School: Head Coach