Craig MacDerment heads into his fourth season as a men's lacrosse assistant coach with Saint Michael's in 2020, continuing a second tenure on the staff that began in 2019. MacDerment returned to the College after also coaching in 2012 and 2013.
The Purple Knights, who began the year receiving a national vote from the United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), carried 17 first-years in 2019 while finishing fifth in the nation in caused turnovers per game (11.4) - buoyed by Division II leader Will Moriarty '20 (3.0) - and near the top third in scoring defense (10.6). Saint Michael's forged a 3-1 mark to begin the campaign, which included a 9-5 victory at Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.) University, which was receiving national votes. A challenging schedule saw each of the Purple and Gold's first three losses come by five goals or fewer against nationally-ranked squads, as six losses were by five or less. Five of the Purple Knights' 11 Northeast-10 Conference foes were ranked heading into their contests, and two others were receiving votes.
In 2013, the Purple Knights were 9-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference, setting a school record for league wins, and finished 11-5 to match the program's overall victories mark. Saint Michael's, which peaked at No. 9 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, advanced to its third straight NE10 Championship semifinal round. The Purple and Gold also broke a 26-year-old school record by putting together a nine-game winning streak, which included an 11-9 win against previously undefeated No. 2 Adelphi University on April 13. In MacDerment's first season with the Purple Knights, the 2012 squad went 11-5, setting a school record for victories and goals-against average (6.12) while advancing to the NE10 Championship semifinals.
MacDerment has half a decade of high school coaching experience, as well, including serving as Colchester High School's junior varsity head coach in 2014 and assisting the Champlain Valley Union High School varsity team between 2015 and 2018, with the Redhawks capping all four of those seasons with Division I state crowns. CVU was 49-10 in that time, including 40-4 the final three years. MacDerment is also co-owner of Top Strung Lacrosse, a youth- and high school-based lacrosse organization in Vermont.
A four-year member of a Castleton University squad that went 49-27 overall during his career, including 28-2 in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), MacDerment was a two-time captain and helped the Spartans qualify for two NCAA Division III Tournaments. MacDerment totaled 71 points in 72 career contests, but he was even better on the faceoff X, winning 793 draws at a 67.2-percent clip and scooping up 512 ground balls. In addition to being a three-time NAC All-Conference selection and the team MVP as both a junior and senior, MacDerment was named a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Scholar All-America as a senior.
MacDerment, who earned his degree in physical education in 2011, was heavily involved with community activities and serving in leadership positions. He was a community adviser for Castleton Residence Life for two years and an Upward Bound mentor, where he worked with high school students looking to attend college. In addition to being a clinician at the Castleton lacrosse clinic for high schoolers, MacDerment worked in the College For Every Student mentoring program for four years, helped organize a Halloween party for children in the Castleton, Vt., area for three years, and worked his college's Accepted Students Day.
MacDerment teaches physical education at the Shelburne Community School.