Gernatt tabbed as first Men’s Lacrosse Coach at Potomac State

Potomac State College of West Virginia University has announced the hiring of Michael Gernatt as the Head Coach of the Men’s Lacrosse program. Set to begin the spring of 2015, Potomac State has added men’s lacrosse for the first time in school history.

Michael Gernatt
Michael Gernatt

Gernatt, a native from Gowanda, NY began playing lacrosse at age 8 for the Newtown Golden Eagles organization on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation. The Golden Eagles were part of the Ontario Lacrosse Association of Canada and traveled all over the province of Ontario playing some of the top talent in North America.

A graduate of Gowanda Central High School, Gernatt was part of a team that from 1998-2001 that won 4 sectional titles and made the New York state semifinals each year. That team produced 2 high school all Americans as well an attack man who shattered the state scoring record for a career.

After high school Michael went on to play a year of Division III NCAA lacrosse at Medaille College before transferring and finishing out his career at the University of Buffalo. Most recently he had been an assistant coach at Preston High School in West Virginia.

Currently a sales rep in the medical industry, Gernatt resides in Morgantown, WV with his wife and two Mastiffs dogs.

Gernatt states he is very excited to be the first coach in Potomac State history and hopes to build a program for the future.