Tom Gravante, who has been at the helm of the Mount men's lacrosse program since 1995, has built the Mount into an annual contender in the Northeast Conference.
During the 2019 campaign, Gravante led the Mountaineers to a program-best 5-1 mark in conference play as they collected their second NEC Regular Season Championship and earned hosting rights for the NEC Tournament. Gravante was named the NEC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career, and seven of his players earned NEC honors, including Dylan Furnback who was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Year. The Mount's victory over 14th-ranked Richmond on March 5 was the team's sixth all-time against a ranked opponent.
Gravante led the Mount to back-to-back conference championships in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, the Mount won the first-ever Northeast Conference Championship in the league's inaugural season. The previous year, Gravante guided the Mount to a school-record in wins, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, and the school's second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Mount won the NEC regular season title in 2011, earning the right to host the NEC Tournament. There, the Mount collected wins over Bryant and Quinnipiac to take the inaugural NEC title. Gravante was named the NEC Coach of the Year for the second season in a row.
In 2010 the Mount defeated Siena, 7-6, on a last-second goal to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title in the school's final season in the conference. With the win, the Mount advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they lost to No. 1 seed Virginia in the First Round.
The Mount finished the 2010 season with a 12-5 record, breaking the school record for wins in a season. Gravante was named the MAAC's Coach of the Year, the fourth time he earned the award. The NEC also handed out postseason awards in 2010 in advance of the league's first year with Gravante earning the NEC's Coach of the Year award as well.
Gravante saw his teams enjoy unprecedented success in the MAAC, advancing to the MAAC Championship game in six of the 11 seasons it has been held, winning the title in both 2003 and 2010.
In 2003, Gravante earned his third MAAC Coach of the Year award after guiding the Mount to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance after a win over Saint Joseph's in the MAAC Championship game. With Gravante at the helm, the Mount posted an impressive 83-28 record in MAAC regular season games.
Gravante was forced to sit out the 2005 season to concentrate on his health, but returned to the sidelines in 2006 and promptly led the Mount to the MAAC title game.
In 1999, Gravante guided the Mountaineers to the MAAC regular season title, sweeping the conference slate, and a school-record 11 wins, earning MAAC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in three years. In 1997, he led his charges to the program's first winning season since 1991.
Gravante was named the recipient of the Howdy Myers Man-of-the-Year Award by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in July 2002. He joined former coaching legends Bob Scott of Johns Hopkins and Carl Runk of Towson as one of 15 to be honored as the USILA's Man of the Year since 1988.
Gravante has been the head coach of in the USILA North-South Senior All-Star game on two occasions (2003 and 2010).
As a player at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., Gravante helped lead the Statesmen to the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth of 12 straight Division III titles won by the Upstate New York powerhouse. For over 10 years, he held Division III tournament records for goals in a game (seven) and goals in the tournament (17). Gravante graduated from Hobart in 1988 with a degree in economics. He was inducted into Hobart's Hall of Fame in 2006. After graduation, Gravante proceeded to work at General Electric in Syracuse in manufacturing test engineering.
Following his term at GE, he owned and operated a fitness center in his hometown of Camillus, N.Y. When offered the opportunity to pursue his MBA degree and coach lacrosse, he decided to return to the game as assistant coach at Mount St. Mary's for the 1993 season. Upon the resignation of A.J. Russo, he was promoted to head coach. In fall of 1995, he was promoted to full-time status.
Gravante lives in Frederick with his wife Nicole and two children . In May of 1998, he received his Master of Business Administration degree with honors from Mount St. Mary's.
The Gravante File
Year Overall/Conf. Notes
1996 7-9 /5-2 ECAC Bid
1997 9-7/7-1 ECAC Bid
1998 7-10/6-1 ECAC Bid
1999 11-5/8-0 MAAC Champion, ECAC Bid
2000 8-8/8-1 MAAC Tournament
2001 11-6/8-1 MAAC Tournament Champion
2002 6-11/6-2 MAAC Tournament
2003 10-8/7-1 MAAC Tournament Champion, NCAA Bid
2005 Missed Season due to Health Reasons
2006 7-9/6-2 MAAC Tournament
2009 5-10/5-3 MAAC Tournament
2010 12-5/7-1 MAAC Tournament Champion, NCAA Bid
2011 9-6/4-1 NEC Tournament Champion
2012 6-9/2-3 NEC Tournament
2015 5-10/2-4 NEC Tournament
2019 9-7/5-1 NEC Tournament