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.
Brandon Mangan | Assistant Coach
Brandon Mangan enters his first season on the men's lacrosse coaching staff. Mangan, a native of Wantagh, New York, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience obtained from his playing days in interscholastic lacrosse and beyond.
While at Hofstra, Mangan helped guide the 2017 team to a 10-0 start, its best in program history. The Pride finished 11-3 overall that year, narrowly missing the NCAA Tournament. Mangan coached the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year (Ryan Tierney) and CAA Player of the Year (Josh Byrne) in 2017, and he also coached three All-Americans during his two-year Hofstra tenure.
Meanwhile, he has played professionally, most recently suiting up with the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse in 2018. A five-year MLL veteran, Mangan also played for the New York Lizards in 2014, the Florida Launch in 2015 and the Ohio Machine 2016-18. He has tallied 15 goals and five assists in 20 career games and appeared on the winning side of the 2017 MLL Championship Game with the Machine, coached by original Robert Morris men's head coach Kenneth "Bear" Davis.
Mangan, a 2014 Yale University graduate, was a USILA Honorable Mention All-American as a junior, a two-time All-New England First Team selection and an All-Ivy League Second Team pick during his four years with the Bulldogs. He played an integral role on back-to-back Ivy League championship squads 2012-13, and in 2013, Mangan led Yale to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time in 20 years. He finished his collegiate playing career with 178 points on 99 goals and 79 assists, which remains among the top ten in Yale history.
After earning his bachelor's degree in political science in international relations from Yale, he served as the assistant boys' lacrosse coach at Farmingdale (N.Y.) High School 2015-16, working as an offensive coordinator for the 'Dalers.
Previously, Mangan was a U.S. Lacrosse First Team All-American and Nassau County Player of the Year at Wantagh High School. He recorded 195 goals and 138 assists during his four-year scholastic career.