Andrew McMinn | Head Coach
- 2017 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year
- 2012 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year
Andrew McMinn enters his seventh season as head coach at Robert Morris University, part of a team that has excelled on the field and academically in his presence. He has been at RMU for 13 seasons altogether now, beginning his tenure as an associate head coach during the program’s second season in 2006.
Last season the men's team at Robert Morris made its fifth Northeast Conference Tournament in history and fourth under McMinn. A second NEC Coach of the Year award was bestowed upon him and the NEC Team Sportsmanship Award upon the program for the first time since his first year at the helm. Seven Colonials earned all-conference selections, and JonPatrik "JP" Kealey became the 20th alumnus drafted into the National Lacrosse League.
In 2016, McMinn led the Colonials to their fourth overall NEC Tournament appearance and third of his tenure. He saw five players earn All-NEC honors, and added two RMU alums to the pool of eleven who were competing at the professional level in the NLL at the time.
In 2014, he had six players earn All-NEC recognition and saw his team finish the season third in caused turnovers per game with a mark of 10.14. Robert Morris University won the NEC Institutional Academic Award for the second time on McMinn's watch, his team maintaining a grade-point average above 3.0.
The Colonials accomplished a handful of firsts in McMinn’s second season at the helm, finishing an overall record of 8-7 and a mark of 3-2 in conference play. RMU defeated Quinnipiac in the NEC Tournament semifinals, 15-14, for the program’s first postseason win. The victory also pushed the Colonials through to their first NEC Tournament championship game.
In his first season as a collegiate head coach, McMinn continued the rapid rise of the RMU’s men’s lacrosse program. He led Robert Morris to a program-record 11 wins in just 15 games, including posting a perfect 5-0 record in league play. As a result, the Colonials claimed the NEC regular-season crown, the first conference title of any kind for the men’s lacrosse program. Meanwhile, RMU claimed the 2012 NEC Institutional Academic Award, the men's program took one of the team awards from the conference and Kiel Matisz was named Student-Athlete of the Year in NEC Men's Lacrosse.
RMU has also been in the national conversation under McMinn. Robert Morris used a six-game winning streak to earn a national ranking for the second time in program history in 2012 as it entered the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll in April. The Colonials also posted multiple wins over nationally ranked teams in 2012, the first such occurrence in school history, including a 9-7 victory at Ohio State in March. In 2017 the Colonials received votes for the USILA Rankings on two separate occasions.
Prior to being named head coach, McMinn had previously as the associate head coach for the Colonials. He had served on the Robert Morris staff for six seasons, helping RMU develop from its earliest stages as a program to one that had secured three consecutive winning seasons and a national ranking along with its first postseason berth in the two years prior to his appointment as head coach.
McMinn progressively earned additional responsibilities within the Colonial program the years leading up to his appointment, including aiding in the hiring and management of other staff members and overseeing certain budgetary matters. He also represented Robert Morris as a speaker at the USILA national convention in December 2009, where he led a presentation on transition offense.
Before joining the Colonials’ coaching staff, McMinn was a standout goaltender for the Providence Friars of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). In three seasons as the starting goaltender, he helped lead his team to two regular-season championships, a MAAC Tournament Championship and a berth in the 2004 NCAA Tournament. He was a three-time All-MAAC selection, a 2004 MAAC All-Tournament Team honoree, and he held the top two single-season goals against average marks in MAAC history at the time of his graduation.
During his career, he ranked among the top goaltenders in Division I in both save percentage and goals against average. He ranked fourth nationally in GAA in 2003, allowing just 6.91 tallies per game, and was seventh nationally in save percentage in 2005 with a .599 mark.
McMinn earned his Bachelor’s degree in management with a minor in finance from Providence in 2005. He completed his Master’s degree in instructional leadership with a concentration in sport management from Robert Morris in 2014.
Robert Marasti | Assistant Coach
Robert Marasti is entering his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Robert Morris men's lacrosse team.
In September of 2014, Colonials head coach Andrew McMinn hired Marasti, giving the former RMU player his first collegiate coaching job.
Marasti spent 2012 to 2014 as the president of the Pittsburgh Low and Away Lacrosse Club, and doubled as the varsity head coach at Pine Richland (Pa.) High School in 2014. Under his direction, the Rams finished the season with a record of 10-5 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) playoffs.
Prior to that, Marasti was an assistant coach with Seneca Valley (Pa.) High School for the 2013 season, and spent the previous year with Peters Township (Pa.) High School as its Director of Youth Coaches and eighth grade head coach.
Marasti played four seasons with Robert Morris from 2008 to 2011, tallying 24 points in 60 games. He was a very versatile player for the Colonials, as he started his career as an attackman before moving to defensive midfield his junior season. In his senior campaign, RMU finished 9-6 and made the first Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament of its history.
A native of Pittsburgh, Marasti graduated from Robert Morris in 2011 with his Bachelor's degree in education.
Tim Cox | Assistant Coach
Tim Cox enters his second season as an assistant coach with the men's lacrosse team.
In September of 2016, head coach Andrew McMinn offered Cox his first full-time coaching position after Cox spent one year as a volunteer assistant with his alma mater, the University of Albany.
In 2016, Cox helped the Great Danes compile a 12-4 overall record and a spotless 6-0 mark in America East action. Albany earned an at-large berth into the 2016 NCAA Tournament, where they narrowly fell to #6/4 Syracuse in the First Round, 11-9.
Under the guidance of 2016 America East Coach of the Year Scott Marr, Cox and the Albany coaching staff produced five All-America East First Team selections, including 2016 Tewaaraton nominee and America East Defensive Player of the Year, Blaze Riorden. Additionally, one Great Dane was named to the Second Team, while three were selected to the All-Rookie Team, and three earned All-Academic recognition.
Marr, Cox and company coached UAlbany to a No. 4 ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll and Inside Lacrosse Cascade/Maverick Media Poll, the highest ranking for the team since 2007. The 2016 season marked the Great Danes’ fourth consecutive perfect America East regular season.
A former standout Great Dane midfielder, Cox led UAlbany to three America East Tournament titles and a pair of NCAA Tournament victories.
Cox collected America East All-Conference Second Team accolades while wearing the captain’s “C” in 2015. He finished his career with 40 goals and 12 assists for 52 points, adding 55 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers. In his senior season, he recorded at least one point in 16 of 19 games played.
Cox graduated from UAlbany in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in communications and a minor in business.