Utica, NY (August 14, 2014) – Utica College head coach Mike Parnell recently named Joe Schoen (Whitesboro, NY/Whitesboro) and Brandon Misiaszek (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford) as athletic assistants for the men’s lacrosse program. Schoen and Misiaszek will be responsible for assisting Parnell with all facets of the Pioneers’ lacrosse program.
The last of three Schoen brothers to play lacrosse at UC, Joe capped his career with a program-best 82 assists and earned Empire 8 All-Conference honorable mention in his senior campaign. He also set a new school-record as he was named the College’s representative on the Sportsman of the Year team for three consecutive seasons. He finished his senior season with a team-best 25 assists and ranked sixth in the E8 with an average of 1.56 assists per game.
Schoen headed into his final three games needing 11 assists to break the school-record and he went on a tear, totaling 14 in his last three contests. Over the course of four seasons he helped lead the Pioneers to 27 victories and he graduated ranked fifth on the College’s all-time list with 115 career points, just one point ahead of his older brother Steve Schoen. He also became the eighth player in program-history to join the 100 point club.
In 2013 he guided the Pioneers to a school-record nine victories and the program’s first-ever appearance in the Empire 8 Conference Tournament.
Following his senior season he was named the inaugural recipient of the Greg Roberts Award. The Greg Roberts Award is given annually to a male and female senior student-athlete that best exemplifies what Greg Roberts stood for: hard work, unselfishness, loyalty, and passion for Utica College athletics.
His previous coaching experience includes working the SBLAX Summer Camps as an instructor alongside his older brothers. The goal of the day camp is to help to improve the individual and team skills of every player. Sessions focused on individual skill development as well as team play and concepts.
A 2014 graduate of Utica College, he earned his degree in Chemistry. Originally from Whitesboro, NY, his older brothers Ben and Steve were both stand out lacrosse players and graduates of Utica College. His older brother Ben has spent nearly ten years as an assistant coach for the UC lacrosse team and he is currently the head coach of the Whitesboro girls’ varsity lacrosse team. His sister Corinne played lacrosse at Herkimer College and club lacrosse at Syracuse University. Joe is the son of Claudia and Michael Schoen and he graduated from Whitesboro High School in 2010 where he excelled on the lacrosse field.
Joe currently resides in Whitesboro and is pursuing his master’s degree at UC.
Brandon Misiaszek spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach for the men’s lacrosse team at Hamilton College under the tutelage of head coach Scott Barnard. In the three year span, he helped guide the Continentals to 23 victories and two consecutive appearances in the highly competitive NESCAC Conference Tournament.
The NESCAC is one of the top athletic conferences in NCAA Division III, and men’s lacrosse is no exception. Four NESCAC teams played in the 2012 NCAA Championship and one advanced to the semifinals. Misiaszek was instrumental in helping to develop 2012 NESCAC Player of the Year and First-Team All-American Jon Leanos, who finished his career ranked fourth on the College’s all-time scoring list.
Prior to his time at Hamilton he also gained experience coaching and recruiting at the junior college ranks as he spent one season as an assistant at nearby Mohawk Valley Community College.
During his playing days, Misiaszek was a four-year letter winner under the guidance of head coach Steve Beville at NCAA Division III lacrosse power SUNY Cortland (2007-2010). The Red Dragons posted a 69-13 record during that span and appeared in the NCAA tournament all four years, including three consecutive trips to the national championship game. Misiaszek was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 national championship game when Cortland defeated Gettysburg College 9-7 for its second NCAA crown in school-history. In the national championship game he netted a career-high five goals. He also helped guide the Red Dragons to three consecutive SUNYAC Conference Championships.
He finished his collegiate career with 73 goals and 29 assists for 102 points. He is one of just 43 players in program-history to join the 100 point club. As a senior captain in 2010, he was a third team All-American selection at midfield and played in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III Senior North-South Game. He played in all 21 games that year, scoring 39 points on 31 goals and eight assists.
He graduated with a Business Economics degree from SUNY Cortland in 2010. Originally from nearby New Hartford, NY, he attended New Hartford High School and graduated in 2006. While at New Hartford he was a two-year starter on the lacrosse team and was named first team all-league while guiding the Spartans to a Section III title. He was also a two-year starter, two-time first team all-league selection and MVP of the football team.
Brandon is the son of Laura and Ron Misiaszek and he has two siblings, Dave and Meghan. His brother Dave is a Utica College alum who played three years of varsity lacrosse (2006-2009) and currently ranks tenth on the College’s all-time list with 55 career goals.