St. John Fisher - Men's Lacrosse

Coaching Staff


Assistant Coach | Craig Whipple

Whipple joins the St. John Fisher College men's lacrosse coaching staff in the summer of 2017 and will primarily focus on the team's offense.

He comes to Fisher by way of Hobart College, where he assisted the Division I Statesmen's program since 2014. There, Whipple assisted in the offense, designing and implementing plays both at practice and during live contests. Over his three year tenure there, Whipple helped coach the Statesmen to 26 victories, including a Northeast Conference title in 2016.

Prior to working at the collegiate level, Whipple was stationed right here in Rochester, acting as head coach for the Irondequoit High School boys team. During his time there, he helped turn a .500 program into a squad that would win four Section V titles and appear in four New York State Championship Final Fours. He was named the All-Greater Rochester Coach of the Year in both 2007 and 2012 as well. 

Whipple also brings plenty of playing experience. The Rochester native played four years at the Rochester Institute of Technology (1996-2000), earning an All-American nod as a senior. After college, he took his talents to the National Lacrosse League (NLL) where he played three years of box lacrosse with the Rochester Knighthawks.


Assistant Coach | Mark Rice

Mark Rice began in 2009 as a member of the St. John Fisher College men’s lacrosse coaching staff.

Rice, who mentors Fisher's attack, came to Fisher from Penfield High School, where he coached the lacrosse and football teams from 1976 until his retirement in 2008. Rice amassed over 350 career wins, won four Sectional Championships ('92,'93,'00,'06) and two Regional Championships ('92,'93) during his tenure.

Following a standout career as a player at Fairport High School, Rice went on to play four years of varsity lacrosse at Ashland University (NCAA Division II), and was selected to play in the Midwest College All-Star Game following his senior season.

Rice was inducted into both the Rochester Chapter US Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Penfield Hall of Fame.

Rice and his wife Cindy currently reside in Fairport.  They are the proud parents of four children: daughter Ashley and sons Clay, Trevor and Connor.


Assistant Coach | Randy Garrett

Randy Garrett began in 2011 as a St. John Fisher College men’s lacrosse assistant coach.

Garrett brings with him 28 years of head coaching experience, spending the majority of his career at Fairport High School.  Before coaching at the high school level, he assisted both the Ithaca College football and lacrosse teams for one year each. Garrett went on to lead the lacrosse program at R.L. Thomas High School for four years before taking the helm at Fairport for the next 31 years. 

During his head coaching tenure, Garrett led his teams to five sectional titles, 12 Monroe County titles, and one state final, amassing over 400 wins as a varsity and modified lacrosse coach. He was inducted into the Rochester Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2003 and into Fairport’s Wall of Distinction in 2010.

Prior to his coaching career, Garrett played four years of both football and lacrosse at Ithaca College, captaining both teams as a senior, while receiving both a B.S. and Masters degree.

Garrett hails from Fairport where he recently retired as a Physical Education teacher and coach after 31 years. Randy and his wife, Gayle, have one daughter, Shannon.