It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce the appointment of John Nostrant as our next varsity lacrosse head coach, succeeding Brooks Matthews ’87. John will join the Gilman faculty this summer. In addition to coaching, John will teach history in the Upper School.
John comes to us from Haverford School, an independent boys’ school in Haverford, Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty and coaching staff at Haverford School and assumed the head coach position in 1991. In addition to his lacrosse duties, John was the director of athletics at Haverford for 22 years. Before Haverford, John served as the head lacrosse coach at St. Albans School in Washington, DC. He also served as an assistant coach for the USA U-19 world team, which won the gold medal in 2008. John began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Washington College. Additionally, John is the founder of John Nostrant Lacrosse Camps for youth boys and is the co-director of Mesa Lacrosse for girls and boys. John also organized the Checking for Cancer Lacrosse Tournament, which has raised money to support cancer research and families stricken by cancer.
John’s record of success is impressive. On the field, his teams have won more than 450 games and earned 13 Inter-Academic League (Inter-Ac) regular-season championships, four Inter-Ac tournament titles, and two state championships (2000 and 2005). Two of John’s Haverford teams (2011 and 2015) finished their seasons undefeated and ranked #1 nationally, and he was named National High School Coach of the Year in 2015. Along the way, John has coached 36 high school All-Americans. Beyond the records and accolades, John has won the hearts of his players and the respect of his peers and colleagues—a fact that stood out to us in the selection process. No stranger to boys’ education, he is committed to supporting Gilman’s mission to educate the whole boy in mind, body, and spirit, using lacrosse as a vehicle to that end.
A 1986 graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, John holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, where he was an All-American lacrosse player and team captain. In addition, John holds a Master’s in Education/Principal Certification from Cabrini University in Radnor, Pennsylvania.