John Raba - Head Men's Lacrosse Coach
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Coming aboard the full-time Wesleyan staff in 1996 and now an adjunct professor in the physical education department as well as an assistant director of athletics, Raba enters his 20th season as head coach of men's lacrosse during 2016. Raba has an impressive 216-103 record at Wesleyan, including an 18-3 mark in 2007, the best season ever at the college, and a 16-4 record in 2006 as the team advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament semifinals both years. For his accomplishment in both 2006 and 2001, when the team went 17-3, Raba was named NESCAC and NEILA Division III Coach of the Year. Raba earned his fifth NEILA Coach of the Year award following a 15-4 season in 2009 as his Cardinals captured the NESCAC tournament title for the first time and qualified for the NCAAs for the fourth time in a five-year span. He was named Co-Coach of the Year by the NEILA in 2005 after his squad posted a 13-6 overall mark, reached the NESCAC finals and received its first-ever bid to the NCAA Division III tournament, making it to the quarterfinals. Both his 2000 and 2001 squads reached the ECAC New England Division III title game. After posting a 14-4 mark and reaching the NESCAC Championship game in 2004, he received NEILA Coach of the Year laurels as well.
His teams have won seven outright Little Three crowns, including 2013, and shared five others over the last 15 years, all of them .500 or better seasons. Raba recently completed his third year of a three-year term on the USILA All-American Committee in 2012-13, after serving his first three-year term with the committee beginning in 2009. He also is a regional representative on the NCAA men's lacrosse advisory selection committee.
In addition to coaching lacrosse, Raba assisted with the football team during the fall from 1996 through 2007, working on the defensive side of the ball each of those 12 seasons with eight as defensive coordinator (1998-2005). He stepped down from that post in 2008, assuming the position of recruiting coordinator for the athletics department.
A 1993 graduate of the University of New Haven, Raba was an All-American lacrosse player for the Chargers as a grad student in 1994 after leading Division II in scoring as a senior in 1993. Also outstanding on the gridiron, Raba was a team captain, a two-time all-New England pick as a fullback and earned team MVP honors as well. He was honored by UNH as its male athlete of the year in both 1991-92 and 1992-93. He was inducted into the UNH. Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
Before coming to Wesleyan in 1996, Raba picked up lacrosse coaching experience as an assistant at New Haven (1993), Quinnipiac (1994) and with the New Haven Silver Bullets men's club team (1993-95). He also served as an assistant football coach at Brown during the 1995 season. John is a Long Island native and attended lacrosse powerhouse Farmingdale High School, graduating in 1989.
Will Parker - Assistant Coach
Will Parker will be in his 18th season as a part-time staffer and has coached both boys and girls high-school lacrosse in Connecticut prior to his work at Wesleyan. He also was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Quinnipiac University, in 1998. A 1996 grad, he earned All-League honors on defense for the Bobcats as a senior and was an All-New England choice at New Haven in 1994 before transferring to Quinnipiac. A veteran clinician as well, he is a special education computer instructor at Foundation High School in Milford and is pursuing a master's degree at Southern Connecticut. Parker was an assistant coach during the NEISL East-West senior all-star game in June, 2005.
Charlie Congleton - Assistant Coach
Charlie Congleton joined the men's lacrosse staff for the 2013 season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator while also serving as an intern in the athletic department at Wesleyan during 2012-13. He continues in that capacity for a third year and recently earned his Master's degree in Liberal Studies at the college as well.
A 2007 graduate of Wesleyan University, Congleton was a three-year starting goaltender, helping the team to a NCAA quarterfinal appearance in 2005 and consecutive NCAA tournament Final Four appearances his junior and senior years. In 2006, he led the country in save percentage, and he was named to the USILA All-American teams in 2006 and 2007. His senior year, Congleton received Wesleyan's Carl R. Ahrens memorial award as the top contributor to men's athletics at the college.
After graduating from Wesleyan, he gained experience as a college coach as a volunteer assistant at Harvard, working primarily with the goalies. In addition, he worked as the club manager for Revolution Lacrosse, a girl's lacrosse club in the Boston area. Following his time in Boston, Congleton moved on to Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Mass., where he taught math, helped run a dormitory, and coached football, hockey, and lacrosse for three years.
Elijah Weeks - Assistant Coach
Elijah Weeks enters his second season as an assistant, as he joined the Wesleyan coaching staff for the first time in 2014-15, inaugurating his duties with the football squad as running backs coach. He then aided the men's basketball team as an assistant during the winter and adds men's lacrosse assistant to his repertoire in the spring.
For the previous five years, Weeks has taught and coached at a number of secondary institutions honing his coaching skills both on the offensive and defensive side of the football. Most recently his work at the Asheville School in North Carolina helped send his team to its first state championship game in the school's history. In addition to being a coach and student of the game, Weeks brings invaluable NESCAC experience to the Wesleyan coaching staff as a 2009 Williams College graduate. At Williams he was a two-year starter at the tailback position, contributing to an undefeated season in 2006, and holds the record for longest kickoff return for a touchdown at the school. Besides playing and coaching football, Weeks also worked on the Sunday Night Football Team at NBC Sports alongside Bob Costa and Andrea Kramer, using his football knowledge and expertise to help coordinate logistics behind the scene during the show.
In addition to his football playing talent for the Ephs, Weeks was a four-year standout as a defensive midfielder for the lacrosse squad.