Air Force opens the season Jan. 30 against Notre Dame
A 2007 graduate of the Naval Academy, Cohn comes to Air Force from Furman
Eight Falcons honored by the league
Senior all-star game to be played during NCAA Championship weekend
The Falcons defeat the Statesmen, 16-12, on Senior Day.
The Falcons host the 12th-ranked Buckeyes in ECAC action on April 20.
Falcons visit Stags in an ECAC contest on April 13. (Photos by Doug Dreyer)
Falcons face Golden Eagles on March 2 at Falcon Stadium
Air Force vs. #4 North Carolina (photos by Doug Dreyer)
Eric Seremet enters his 10th season as the head coach for the Air Force lacrosse program in 2018. Seremet has continued to build a culture of success at the Academy following his second-straight SoCon championship title in as many tries and the team’s fifth visit to the NCAA tournament in the 2017 season. Seremet has led the Falcons to three conference championships and three NCAA tournament visits in the last four seasons.
The 2016 SoCon Coach of the Year led Air Force to its highest national ranking to date (No. 8) and the program’s longest win streak (15 games) for the team’s best finish in program history in 2016. Air Force capped the record-breaking season at 15-3 with a perfect mark in conference action, notching an overtime upset over perennial powerhouse, Duke, en route to the program’s fourth NCAA tournament appearance.
Seremet has coached all four of the program’s Major Lacrosse League draftees. Erik Smith and Mike Crampton were drafted to the Boston Canons and Colorado Mammoth, respectively, in the wake of the 2014 season. Following the 2016 campaign, Christopher Allen was drafted to the Charlotte Hounds, while Alex Warden was selected by the Denver Outlaws. Seremet is also credited with guiding four Falcons (five times) to All-America honorable mention status.
In 2014, Seremet was named the USILA Division I Coach of the Year as led the program to unprecedented heights, and at the time, their best season to date. The 2014 Falcons compiled an 11-6 overall record and secured their highest win total since 1988. The Falcons were able to clinch a share of the regular season conference title before going on to win the ECAC Tournament title, earning their first NCAA bid since 1988. Air Force went on to host Richmond in the NCAA play-in game, capturing its first NCAA tournament win in program history, before dropping a first-round match-up to defending national champion Duke. Seniors Mike Crampton and Erik Smith earned All-America honors, the first pair of Falcons to earn All-America honors in the same season since 1971.
A major career highlight for Seremet came in 2010 as Air Force defeated Army, 8-7, in overtime. It marked the first-ever win for the Falcons over the rival Black Knights in Army's first trip to the Academy. A late-season surge by Air Force in 2009 saw the Falcons win four-straight contests, including their first win over Ohio State since 1997, to earn their first-ever bid to the GWLL Championship tournament. Over the course of the year, Air Force averaged nine goals per game, its highest offensive output since 1997, while allowing just 8.93 goals per contest.
In his first season leading Air Force, Seremet guided the Falcons to a 7-7 overall ledger, including a 4-1 record in the Great Western Lacrosse League and a second-place conference finish. Air Force's seven wins were the most since 2006 and more than in the previous two seasons combined, while the team finished at .500 for the first time since 1997. In addition, the Falcons' four league wins were a school-record, while their second-place league finish matched a program-best (set previously in 1995).
As the top assistant for the Falcons from 2002-2008, Seremet worked primarily with the offense, while assisting with recruiting and scouting. Since his arrival at the Academy, Air Force has seen improvement in total goals scored and goals per game. In 2005, the Falcons registered a 41 percent increase in scoring output compared to Seremet's first season at the Academy. Similarly, the Falcons' extra-man offense has ranked in the top 20 nationally three times with a 37 percent success rate in 2003, 40 percent in 2005 and 38 percent in 2013 (ranking 14th, ninth and 18th respectively).
Before arriving at the Academy, Seremet, a native of Camillus, N.Y., and 1988 graduate of West Genesee High School, spent a year as an assistant coach at Cornell University. There he helped the Big Red maintain a top-20 ranking throughout the 2001 season. Prior to his stint at Cornell, Seremet was the top assistant for four years at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. While at Stony Brook, Seremet had his hand in all aspects of the program, coaching both ends of the field. In 1998, he coached the top goaltender in Division I in save percentage, while the defense ranked third in goals against. Seremet also served as a graduate assistant coach at Dartmouth College during the 1993 season.
Seremet attended the University of North Carolina, where he was a four-year letterwinner for the lacrosse team. During his career, the Tar Heels won four ACC titles and advanced to the NCAA Final Four each season. Seremet was also a starter on North Carolina's 1991 national championship team, which finished the season with a perfect 16-0 record. He graduated from North Carolina in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in industrial relations.
In addition to his collegiate experience as both a player and a coach, Seremet also brings eight years of professional playing experience to the table. Seremet began his professional career in 1993 with the Boston Blazers of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. He competed in the National Lacrosse League for seven seasons, playing for the New York Saints from 1995-1999, earning team MVP honors in 1996. Seremet was also a member of the Syracuse Smash from 1999-2000 and the Colorado Mammoth in 2003.