Tobey Farrington
Tobey Farrington
Title: Men's Lacrosse Head Coach
Phone: (207) 228-8589
Email: tobey.farrington@maine.edu
Previous College: Southern Maine '03

             The University of Southern Maine Athletics Department announced on November 15 the appointment of alumnus Tobey Farrington as the new head coach for the men’s lacrosse program.  Al Bean, Director of Athletics at USM, made the announcement following a national search.

            Farrington becomes the fifth person to lead the men’s lacrosse program since 2001 when the sport was elevated to varsity status.  He succeeds Sam Lane who resigned this fall after seven seasons to pursue other professional opportunities.

            "I am extremely excited for the opportunity that the University of Southern Maine has given me,” commented Farrington, who played on the Huskies’ club team and first three varsity squads (2001-2003).  “The university is dedicated to its student-athletes and I look forward to working with them.  I am delighted to be back at my alma mater and look forward to leading the program to new heights."

            A three-time captain, Farrington played in 37 varsity games during his career (2001-03), including making 15 starts.  He scored 26 goals and dished off 14 assists for 40 career points, and was credited with 50 ground balls.

            “It's really exciting to have Tobey join our staff as head coach for men's lacrosse,” said Bean.  “Tobey's passion and excitement for the game of men's lacrosse is really a big reason for USM sponsoring the sport.

            “As a student at USM, Tobey was persistent in pushing forward to organize the club lacrosse team and get funding and practice time so they could compete on a regular basis.  He organized and was part of the club team and later served as captain of our first intercollegiate teams.

            “After USM, he began a successful coaching career, won a state championship and has stayed involved in coaching with the club lacrosse scene” continued Bean.  “Tobey is really excited to be returning to USM as head coach and I know he will work very hard to move the program forward.”

            After graduating from USM, Farrington began his coaching career guiding the Scarborough (Maine) High School program for four seasons (2004-07).  He guided the Red Storm to a 14-1 mark and the state Class A title in 2006, and was named the USLacrosse Coach of the Year in Maine in 2007.

            Farrington has been a coaching staff member for the past 15 years at the Bowdoin College Polar Bear Lacrosse Camp, and has been involved with local private programs, including Maineiax and LaxPros.  He also is the head coach and operator of Downeast Lacrosse Club.

            Farrington earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from USM in 2003, and received an associate’s degree in paramedicine from Southern Maine Community College in 2016.

Matt Brawn
Matt Brawn
Title: Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach
Previous College: New England College '03

            Matt Brawn begins his first season with the University of Southern Maine men’s lacrosse program. Coach Brawn serves as the lead assistant coach and will be focusing on the defense and goalies. Prior to joining the USM coaching staff, he spent 11 seasons as the head coach and Lacrosse Program Director at Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, VA).

            While at Hargrave Military Academy he helped lead the Tigers to eight Patriot League titles and two VIC postseason appearances. From 2005 to 2007, Coach Brawn served as an assistant coach and the head JV coach for the Hyde School (Bath, ME). Coach Brawn has been on staff at the Notre Dame Lacrosse Camp as well as the director of the summer lacrosse camp at Hargrave Military Academy. 

            Coach Brawn is a graduate of Mt. Ararat High School (Topsham, Maine) and Bridgton Academy (Bridgton, Maine). He graduated from New England College (Henniker, N.H.) in 2003 where he was an all-conference goalie and was selected as the 2002 Defensive Player of the Year for New England College.

            Coach Brawn is a physical education teacher at Maine Connections Academy in South Portland and resides in Topsham with his wife Suzie and son Braedyn.

Ralph Nelson
Ralph Nelson
Title: Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach
Previous College: University of Maine '13

            Ralph Nelson begins his third season with the University of Southern Maine men's lacrosse program. Coach Nelson serves as an assistant coach focusing on the attackmen and offense.

            Prior to joining the USM coaching staff, he spent two seasons as the head Boys Lacrosse Coach at Saint Dominic Academy (Lewiston, Maine). From 2013-2015, he served as a varsity assistant and JV coach for Yarmouth High School (Yarmouth, Maine), as well as being an assistant lacrosse coach at St. Joseph's College (Standish, Maine). He has coached high school club lacrosse with Team DIRIGO as well as True Lacrosse National and regional teams in Maryland, California, Delaware, and Utah.

            A graduate of Cheverus High School (Portland, Maine), Coach Nelson graduated from the University of Maine in 2013 where he was a three-time captain of the men's club lacrosse team and an all-conference attackman his junior and senior year. 

            Coach Nelson is a physical education teacher at The Waynflete School in Portland and resides in Cumberland with his wife Megan.

 

Jeff Bathalon
Jeff Bathalon
Title: Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach
Previous College: Wentworth '14

            Jeff Bathalon enters his first season as an assistant coach at the University of Southern Maine. Coach Bathalon works with the program’s goalies and defense.

            Coach Bathalon was a goalie at the Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, Mass.) and played for the Leopards’ from 2011-14. Coach Bathalon graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in architecture.

            Coach Bathalon is a designer at Oak Point Associates in Biddeford, Maine, and for the past three years he has coached for the Scarborough Youth Lacrosse Club (Scarborough, Maine) and the 207Lacrosse Club (Portland, Maine). 

Marc Roy
Marc Roy
Title: Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach
Previous College: Husson '17, '18

            Marc Roy begins his first season with the University of Southern Maine men's lacrosse program. Coach Roy serves as an assistant coach focusing primarily on the midfielders.

            Prior to joining the USM coaching staff, he spent two years as the head assistant coach and offensive coordinator of the boy's lacrosse team at Bangor High School (Bangor, Maione). Coach Roy helped the program move from a club to varsity status in 2018 where they made the Class A playoffs in their inaugural year. 

            Coach Roy is a graduate of Merrimack High School (Merrimack, N.H.). He attended Husson University (Bangor, Maine) where he played three years of lacrosse for the Eagles. Coach Roy graduated from Husson University in 2018 with his master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in sport management. 

            In addition to his coaching duties Coach Roy also serves as the Coordinator of Intramural and Club Sports at the University of Southern Maine. Coach Roy resides in South Portland.