Staff
Head Coach
Brad Jorgensen

Brad Jorgensen was hired as the first head coach of the Saint Leo University Men's Lacrosse team in January 2005. He wrapped up his 12th season in 2016 and currently stands 93-76 record at Saint Leo, and a career mark of 138-126.

The 2017 season saw the Lions go 9-5, including a season-opening win over preseason No. 7 LIU Post, 14-11. Saint Leo earned a national ranking as high as No. 15 during the year. In Sunshine State Conference play, the Lions went 1-4. During the season, junior Jake Gilmour cruised to the top of the Saint Leo record board, smashing the career record for assists. The junior has 82 following his third season of action. Gilmour also broke the single-season record for points with 64 (30g/34a). As a team, the Lions finished the season with the top shot percentage in the nation at 0.378, led by the nation’s individual leader in Kyle Pauwels, 0.690. The Lions also finished in the top ten in ground balls per game (2nd, 36.36), points per game (3rd, 22.64), assists per game (3rd, 8.07), scoring offense (4th, 14.57), caused turnovers per game (5th, 10.21), clear percentage (6th, 0.894), and scoring margin (8th, 5.57). Saint Leo saw nine earn post-season recognitions, led by junior defenseman Jake Bye, who was the lone All-SSC First Team selection. Gilmour, Pauwels, Anthony Visintin, Thomas Tatarian, and Austin DiPietro were Second Team honorees, while DiPietro, Matt Shand, Ethan Ticehurst, and Devin Sparks earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team.

In 2016, Saint Leo returned to their winning ways under Jorgensen, finishing with a 9-5 record, and 2-3 SSC record for a third-place finish. Saint Leo also advanced to their second SSC Tournament in three years. The Lions ranked as high as No. 15 during the season and earned ranked wins over No. 11 Pfeiffer and No. 17 Lynn. Saint Leo placed seven on the All-SSC teams and broke several school records during the season. The Lions finished the year as the NCAA Statistical Champions for man-up offense efficiency with a .521 mark. They were the first SSC School to ever take that category.

In 2015, the Lions went 7-7, and 1-4 in SSC play in their second season in the conference. The team earned a win over No. 10 Mount Olive as the high point of the season. Six Lions earned All-SSC Honors, while Dylan Yonts tied the Saint Leo single-season goals record with 38.

The 2014 season featured a big change for the men’s lacrosse program, as the Lions competed for the first time in the Sunshine State Conference and reached its first ever Sunshine State Conference Tournament. The Lions finished yet another season above .500 (8-7) and also earned the program’s first shutout victory over Lynn University in an 11-0 decision. In addition, the Lions accomplished a three-game win streak during the beginning portion of the season and a home record of 5-2. The team also set several single-season marks including most shots in a season (626) and face off wins and loss percentage (.662). Jorgensen’s Lions earned the “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award and Jorgensen was named as the DI/II South Head Coach for the 73rd USILA/LaxWorld North-South Game. The Lions also posted one USILA Scholar All-America selection, nine All-SSC Selections, and four SSC Player of the Week award winners. Jorgensen’s talented squad also produced a NCAA statistical champion for face-off winning percentage in sophomore Will Cothron.

The 2013 season saw yet another year with a winning percentage above .500, as Jorgensen's squad finished with an 8-7 overall record. The Lions were able to hit their stride in the middle of the season, tearing off a seven-game win streak. Jorgensen's squad was impressive on the field, scoring a total of 160 goals and 90 assists on the season. The 2013 squad also entered the Lions’ All-Time Record books, setting the most man-up goals in a single season with 24. In total, the Lions had two All-DSC Tournament Team selections and one Academic All-District First Team selections.

Finishing with at least a .500 record for the fifth time at Saint Leo, Jorgensen’s club secured critical wins over tough competition in 2012. Upending squads like Wingate and Pfeiffer, the Lions finished the regular season winning three-of-four matches. Earning a 5-1 home record, the team went 4-4 in the conference and now has Jorgensen just one win shy of 100. His team also averaged 10.50 goals per game, including a season-best 38 from All-Deep South Conference selection Matt Obermeyer. Jorgensen’s Lions also compiled more ground balls, shots, points and goals than their opponents. In total, the Lions had three Deep South Conference Players of the Week, three All-Deep South Conference members, A CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selectee, and one All-Tournament team honoree.

Assistant Coach
Sam Scoba

Brad Jorgensen, 15-year men's lacrosse head coach at Saint Leo, announced the hiring of full-time assistant coach, Sam Scoba on Monday, August 5, 2019. Scoba transitions to the Lions sidelines after a pair of seasons at Oberlin College as the Yeomen's offensive coordinator.

"Coach Scoba is a great fit for Saint Leo and our lacrosse program," expressed Jorgensen. "His work ethic and diverse experience will be great assets for our team. We are really excited to have him on board."

Prior to his time at Oberlin, Scoba served as an assistant at Westborough High School.

He played lacrosse at the collegiate level playing for Dean College and Endicott College. Scoba earned the title of Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Champion with his teammates in 2015 while also being named NEILA All-Academic team, receiving the Commonwealth Academic award.

Scoba obtained his Entrepreneurship bachelors from Endicott College's Curtis L. Gerrish School of Business in 2015.

Assistant Coach
Kody Te Kanawa

Kody Te Kanawa joined the Saint Leo men’s lacrosse coaching staff in the 2017-18 academic year.

In 2018, Saint Leo compiled an outstanding 16-3 season, going 7-0 in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC). Te Kanawa saw the Lions become the first team from the State of Florida, among all divisions, to appear in the NCAA National Championship final game. The Saint Leo Lions posted a ten-game win streak on their way to being SSC Regular Season Champions and hosting the SSC Tournament.

A native of Coquitlam British Columbia, Canada, Te Kanawa helped Blue Ridge high school to two all-conference and two all-state titles as team captain.

The defenseman continued his career playing for the Coquitlam Adanacs in British Colombia, Canada from 2011-2013. There he earned three BCLA Junior A Provincial Championships and Minto Cup Finalist finish.

Te Kanawa extended his lacrosse career at Dowling College where he and the Golden Lions became the 2012 NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Champions and 2014 ECC Champions. He graduated in May of 2016 with a degree in Social Sciences with a minor in Secondary Education.

Te Kanawa began his professional career working as a defensive clinch coach, assistant travel coach, camp instructor and box lacrosse coach for multiple programs along with taking on the responsibility of head junior varsity coach at Mattituck high school. He spent a year at Tusculum College as an assistant coach before relocating to Tampa, Florida.