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Josh Kierst announced as next head coach of FLCC men’s lacrosse program

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  • Kyle Evans 

Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) Athletics is proud to announce Josh Kierst
as the next head coach of the men’s lacrosse program. With a rich history and tradition surrounding the men’s lacrosse program at FLCC, Kierst is eager to carry those traditions into this next step in his career. With over fourteen years of coaching experience, Kierst brings a wealth of knowledge, dedication, and a proven track record for developing students into not only exceptional athletes, but exemplary individuals in the classroom and community.

A graduate of FLCC, Kierst’s connection to the institution and the lacrosse program runs deep. Having played for the FLCC lacrosse team from 2001-2003 and serving as a team captain. Kierst’s coaching tenure would begin at Waterloo Central School, where he earned his first coaching experience as the head coach for the Waterloo modified boy’s lacrosse team from 2009 to 2014, an experience Kierst states, “laid the foundation” for his coaching philosophy which is rooted in academic success, community involvement, and personal growth of his players.

Kierst would work his way up to the assistant varsity coach position for the Waterloo boy’s lacrosse
program, where he played a pivotal role in developing the team’s defensive strategies and fostering
positive and influential team culture. Reflecting on his journey, Kierst shared, “my lacrosse journey
started here at FLCC. During that time, I studied and graduated with an associate degree in criminal
justice. After coaching at various levels for Waterloo, I am excited to have the opportunity to return to my alma mater and coach where my own journey began”.

Beyond the lacrosse field, Kierst’s professional life as the Corrections Division Lieutenant at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Department has allowed him to develop leadership qualities and a community-focused mindset, elements he plans to integrate into his coaching. Kierst’s vision for the FLCC men’s lacrosse team is clear, he aims to build a program that not only achieves success on the field, but also fosters a sense of family and pride. “I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to have a positive impact on these student-athletes, not only on the field, but off the field as well. Lacrosse teaches us to be part of something bigger than ourselves, to be a team player, and to make sacrifices for the good of each”, Kierst expressed, highlighting his holistic values and coaching philosophy.

At home, Kierst is supported by his wife, Ashley, and their three children, Rhylee, who plays Division III lacrosse at SUNY Cobleskill, Paiton, and CeJay.