Jon Basti is in his second season as the Sacred Heart men's lacrosse head coach. Basti comes to Sacred Heart after serving as the Associate Head Coach at the University of Hartford for the last five seasons.
In his first season as head coach, the Pioneers went 6-9 and were 4-2 in Northeast Conference play. Sacred Heart earned a berth to the NEC Tournament for the second straight season as well. Five Pioneers earned All-NEC honors in 2014, with a program-high three student-athletes (Cody Marquis, Alex Miller, and Andrew Newbold) on the First Team.
During his tenure at Hartford, the Hawks won their first-ever America East Championship and earned their first NCAA Tournament berth in 2011. Under Basti’s guidance, face-off specialist Tim Fallon became the fourth Hartford Hawk to be named a Division I All-American and the first player in program history to be a repeat All-American. Fallon led the nation in 2010 with 9.4 ground balls per game and a 62.2 face-off percentage.
Basti now returns to where his coaching career began. He was an assistant coach at Sacred Heart from 2000-02, working with the face-off and defensive units. Basti then was the head coach at Eastern Connecticut State from 2002-04, leading ECSU to two Little East Conference titles and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.
A 1999 graduate of Fairfield University with degrees in both politics and history, Basti was a member of the Stags’ 1996 and 1997 MAAC championship teams. Basti also received his Master’s Degree from Fairfield in Education/Social Studies in 2002. He returned to his alma mater in 2005 and was an assistant coach for three seasons. In 2005, the Stags were ranked as high as 15th in the national polls and won the Great Western Lacrosse League championship. He then spent one year at Lafayette before moving on to Hartford.
What They're Saying About Jon Basti...
“I couldn’t be happier for Jon being appointed the new head coach of the Pioneers and wish him the best of luck. He has made a huge impact on rebuilding the program here at Hartford and his presence will definitely be missed.” - Hartford Head Coach Peter Lawrence
“Jon Basti has impressed me in so many ways since the day I met him. Whether it’s teaching 12-year-old campers, tirelessly working the summer recruiting trails, mentoring young coaches, or passionately coaching his own teams, Jon displays energy and astute knowledge of the game. Jon has been a loyal assistant and I believe he is ready to be a very successful Division I head coach. Jon will give Sacred Heart everything he has to ensure his student-athletes a meaningful experience in the classroom and on the lacrosse field. Congratulations to Bobby Valentine for choosing such a great young man.” - Denver Head Coach Bill Tierney
“I am very happy for Jon; he has worked hard to get to this point in his career, and I expect that he is going to do great things in the next several years at Sacred Heart. Jon is a great person and coach and a good friend, and I am thrilled for him to be in the head coaching ranks.” - Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey