Former Haverford (PA) coaching legend reportedly set to become head coach at Washington College; Tony Incontrera named Greyhounds coach


John Nostrant talks to Gilman’s lacrosse team during a timeout in his first MIAA A Conference game against Calvert Hall College in March. Nostrant has stepped down as Greyhounds coach to become the men’s coach at his alma-mater, Washington College.

by Nelson Coffin and Gary Adornato

On a day when his team had hoped to be competing in the MIAA A Conference lacrosse semifinals, VSN has confirmed that John Nostrant has resigned from his post as lacrosse coach at Gilman School, reportedly to accept the men’s head coaching position at Washington College, his alma mater.

According to Gilman co-athletic director Lori Bristow, Nostrant informed his team of his decision on Friday, the day after the Greyhounds suffered an overtime loss at St. Paul’s School in the opening round of the MIAA A playoffs.

Nostrant informed Bristow he was leaving to pursue his dream job.

“He told the team on Friday and initially they were stung,” said Bristow, who admitted the decision caught her and the school by surprise. “Kids are resilient and now they are really happy for him.

“We’re really happy for him. We want to support him in any way we can and he will continue to help our kids. He really values our kids and we found this out when he applied for the job. We got so many calls from kids he coached 15 to 20 years ago. His life is coming full circle by being able to go back to his college alma mater. It’s an awesome opportunity for John.”

Nostrant came to Gilman after a highly decorated 29-year stint at Haverford School (PA), to succeed Brooks Matthews, who stepped down from the post at the end of the 2019 season.

At Haverford, Nostrant won more than 450 games and 13 Inter-Academic League regular season titles and four tournament titles. His Fords won state championships in 2000 and 2005 and two of his teams (2011 and 2015) finished undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Nostrant was also National Coach of the Year in 2015. In addition, he served as Haverford’s athletic director for 22 years and prior to arriving at the school he was the coach at St. Albans School in the District.

Tony Incontrera has been selected to lead Gilman lacrosse. Incontrera led Marriotts Ridge to the Class 2A state championship in 2018, and was named VSN’s Coach of the Year.

That success never had time to take root at Gilman. His first season was cut-short by the COVID-19 pandemic after just three games. This spring, Gilman went 4-9 overall, to bring his total Gilman record to 6-10, and 3-7 in the MIAA A regular season.

Nostrant graduated from Washington College in 1986 where he was a team captain and had an All-American career.

Gilman wasted little name in naming his successor, as Tony Incontrera has been named the new coach. Incontrera is a former coach at Marriotts Ridge in Howard County where he was also an AP History teacher.

Incontrera led Marriotts Ridge to the Howard County title in 2017 and the Class 2A state championship in 2018. He was 77-39 with the Mustangs over seven seasons.

Incontrera, VSN’s Coach of the Year in 2018, stepped down after the 2019 season and was a finalist for the Greyhounds position when Nostrant was hired.