Andy German was named the first assistant coach of the Cleveland State men’s lacrosse program in July 2015 and served as the program’s defensive coordinator in his inaugural season.
Utilizing a roster composed almost entirely of true freshmen, German helped the Vikings to five wins in their inaugural 2017 season. CSU faced one of the toughest schedules in the nation despite being a first-year program, as the Viking faced five teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament, three that advanced to the quarterfinals, two that made the semifinals and a national finalist.
Cleveland State showed marked improvement as the season progressed, culminating in the program’s first win over a Division I opponent, a wire-to-wire, seven-goal win over a team that advanced to its conference postseason tournament. Growth could be seen in many areas throughout the course of the campaign, ranging from the man-up unit, which German also worked with, to clearing percentage. CSU cleared at 75.2% through the first half of its season, but the Vikings improved that to 87% over the second half of the campaign.
German spent the 2015 season as the head coach at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia where he led the squad to a berth in the Pennsylvania Division I state championship game along with the program’s first Catholic League championship in four years. After going 8-5 in his first 13 games, German led the squad to 11 consecutive wins to reach the state final. He mentored 11 players to the All-Catholic team, including seven who earned first team accolades.
German was an assistant coach at Villanova for four seasons (2011-14), serving as an offensive assistant coach and recruiting coordinator before being promoted to Defensive Coordinator for the final two years.
In 2011, German helped the Wildcats to a No. 7 national ranking as Villanova earned its first-ever at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. The following season, he helped Villanova to new heights after the team was ranked well inside the top-20 for all 16 weeks of the regular season.
In 2013, German helped lead the Wildcats to the Big East regular season title and No. 1 overall seed for the Big East Tournament where the Wildcats fell to eventual NCAA runner-up Syracuse in the title game. Villanova advanced to the Big East Tournament final again during the 2014 season, as German’s defense finished among the top five nationally in caused turnovers per game.
German helped coach such standouts as defenseman John LoCascio, a two-time USILA All-American and back-to-back BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year winner, and Kevin Cunningham, an All-American and the 2012 BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year.
Prior to his stint at Villanova, German was the offensive and recruiting coordinator at Susquehanna for two seasons. He helped the program to a five-win improvement during his time with the River Hawks. German also served as the assistant coach of the Thailand National Team, coaching the squad to four wins at the 2014 World Championships outside Denver.
German played at Alfred University for two years, including earning Empire 8 Rookie of the Year honors, before transferring to Villanova before the 2006 season. At Villanova, he was named a captain and was a two-year starter as a midfielder. German posted 139 career points as a collegian on 78 goals and 61 assists over 53 games played. He was selected to play in the prestigious USILA Division I-II North/South Senior All-Star game in 2007.
A native of Wayne, Pa., German graduated from Villanova in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He and his wife, Sarah, have an infant son and live in Cleveland’s eastern suburbs.