Le Moyne College Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Bassett announced on May 15, 2019 the hiring of Nate Champion ’14 as the ninth head men’s basketball coach in program history.
A native of Logansport, Indiana, Champion returns to the Heights after serving the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. In this role, Champion was responsible for recruiting, player development and preparing pre-game scouting reports. Champion was involved with the recruitment of 2017 transfer Jonathan Lawton and the four members of the 2018-19 freshman class. In working with Champion, Lawton increased his scoring output from 13.7 points per game in two years at St. Thomas Aquinas College to averaging 22.3 points per game at Florida Southern, while earning NABC and D2CCA All-America recognition and D2CCA South Region Player of the Year and Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year honors as a senior. In Champion’s first season at Florida Southern, the Moccasins went 21-11, averaged 88.4 points per game (eighth-best in the nation) and upset top-seeded Morehouse in the first round of the NCAA South Regional to advance to the semifinals. In 2018-19, Florida Southern went 25-8, won the Sunshine State Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA South Region semifinals for the second straight year.
Prior to his time at Florida Southern, he spent one year as a volunteer assistant at NE10-foe Stonehill College. The 2016-17 Skyhawks went 15-12 and featured an NABC all-district and first-team all-conference selection and two all-rookie team members.
Champion got his coaching career started as a graduate assistant coach for the Dolphins in the Fall 2014 semester before embarking on a professional player career with the Ringwood Hawks of the Australia-State League. The Dolphins were 10-3 in the 13 games Champion was on the sideline. Read more
Kelly enters his first season on the sideline for Le Moyne after serving as Director of Player Development at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he was responsible for player management and program operations, and assisted in coordinating official and unofficial visits for recruits.
Prior to his stint at UW-Green Bay, Kelly served as an assistant at Florida Southern College for one year. Kelly was a four-year letterwinner for the Moccasins and played a key role in the Mocs’ NCAA Division II National Championship run during the 2014-15 season. Kelly was part of 109 wins during his playing career at Florida Southern and finished fourth in the school record books for assists with 498. Kelly graduated from Florida Southern in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Luke St. Lifer
St. Lifer enters in his first season on the Le Moyne bench after working as the Director of Basketball Analytics at Bryant University, where he was responsible for analytics and video services. Before joining the Bryant staff, St. Lifer spent time during his undergraduate career as a player development intern alongside Kelly at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2017, as well as coaching at summer camps at the University of Iowa and Georgia Tech.
St. Lifer is a 2018 graduate of Florida Southern with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was a manager on the 2014-15 national championship team and played for the Mocs the following three seasons.