Men's Lacrosse

Mike Ondrusek
Mike Ondrusek
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: (562)-907-4895
Email: mondruse@whittier.edu
Mike enters his third season as the Whittier College Men’s Lacrosse program’s Defensive Coordinator coming off a record breaking year. In 2019, the Poets broke the school record for single season NCAA wins, finishing 13-3. This included two winning streaks at six games and seven games. The team was also a perfect 8-0 at home with quality wins over Wittenberg, Gwynedd Mercy, and NCAA Tournament Qualifier Morrisville State. The Poets also achieved an upset win over Division II powerhouse No. 19 Colorado Mesa. 
As a unit, the Defense improved in six of seven statistical categories in 2019 and finished as a Top 50 Ranked Team in Scoring Defense (43rd), Clearing Percentage (33rd), Faceoffs (23rd), Groundballs Per Game (18th), and Caused Turnovers (8th). The Poets remained a Top 10 Ranked Team in Caused Turnovers despite it being the only statistical category they did not improve in in 2019.

In his first year with the Poets in 2018, Ondrusek coached a defense that was the #1 Ranked Team for Caused Turnovers in NCAA Divison III Men's Lacrosse. This defense included six of the (current) Top Ten Ranked Players in Whittier Lacrosse for Caused Turnovers, Whittier's All-Time Saves Leader Alex Cramer, and 2019 USILA Scholar All-American Max Lepley. 

Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Ondrusek comes to Whittier with extensive coaching and playing experience. In addition to his years coaching at Blue Mountain Lacrosse out of Central Pennsylvania, Ondrusek also played defensive midfield for Coach Marks at Bucknell University from 2012-2015

"We are very fortunate to have such a relentless and intelligent individual such as Mike Ondrusek on our staff", explains Marks. “I coached Mike all four of his years at Bucknell where he was a team captain, and I have a lot of trust in him to run our defense. Mike is inheriting an experienced group that is very eager to learn from a bright mind like his. He is going to make a tremendously positive impact on our student-athletes. Mike is the son of a coach, that has forged him into an effective leader. I could not be more excited about his presence in our program as I believe this individual has a bright future ahead of him.”

Rising from a preferred walk-on to a Team Captain in 2015, Mike lead the defense to a Top 20 Division I ranking in caused turnovers per game (7.33). The Bison achieved this Top 20 ranking all four years Ondrusek was playing at Bucknell. Over the course of his playing career Ondrusek and the Bison achieved wins over Top 20 programs such as Cornell, Brown, Penn, Albany, Drexel, Penn State, Delaware, Bryant, Fairfield, Navy, Army, Loyola, Colgate, Lehigh, and Boston University. Individually, Ondrusek was a "jack of all trades" for the Bison, plugging in at short-stick defensive midfield, long stick defensive midfield, close defense, and on the man-down unit as well. 

Ondrusek received his B.A. from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania with a double major in economics and political science. He now resides in Fullerton.

Alma Mater: Bucknell ‘15