Nolan Godfrey

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Nolan Godfrey
— Lacrosse player —
Godfrey Nanaimo lacrosse.jpg
Born (1981-03-31) March 31, 1981 (age 36)
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Position Midfield/FO (field)
Transition/FO (box)
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 193 pounds (88 kg)
NCAA team Merrimack College
MLL Team
F. Teams
Denver Outlaws
Philadelphia Barrage
Boston Cannons
Ohio Machine
Nationality United States
NLL Draft 50th overall, 2006
Buffalo Bandits
Shoots Right
Career highlights
College highlights
Draft history

Nolan Patrick Godfrey (born March 31, 1981) is an American professional lacrosse player, most recently for the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse.[1] A former All-American at Merrimack College, he has experience in Major League Lacrosse, the National Lacrosse League, Senior A level box lacrosse in the Western Lacrosse Association, and for USA Indoor. Godfrey began playing the sport one month short of his 21st birthday. Four years later he was an NCAA All-American and the year following was drafted to the MLL in the 1st Round.[2]

Godfrey is also the president of Elite Player Development, LLC. His company provides lacrosse development and college recruiting programs throughout the United States, and Europe.

Godfrey has a background in the entertainment industry with Hollywood film acting experience along with acting, stunt performing, and production work in television. He was recently involved with MTV's Teen Wolf series as a sports action coordinator and technical advisor, stunt double, actor, and camera operator for several episodes during the show's initial season that debuted in the summer of 2011.[3]


Godfrey was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, attending and graduating from Haverhill High School.

College career[edit]

2005 season[edit]

Godfrey collected All-American (second team), All-Conference (first team), and All-New England honors for the 2005 year. He finished second nationally with a .682 success rate on face-offs.[4]

2006 season[edit]

Prior to the 2006 season, Godfrey was named to the Inside Lacrosse preseason All-America team.[5] Godfrey and teammates traveled to LeMoyne for the NE10 Conference Championship game and closed out as league runners-up as LeMoyne won 10-3.[6] Godfrey capped off a workhorse campaign leading the nation in face-off attempts (345) and ground balls (131) and ranking second in face-off wins (211). He finished his Merrimack career with a 22-10 record and several school records in all face-off and ground ball categories.

Professional career[edit]

National Lacrosse League[edit]

Nolan Godfrey was initially drafted by the Buffalo Bandits in the 4th round (50th overall selection) of the 2006 NLL Entry Draft[7] at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Major League Lacrosse[edit]

In December 2006, Godfrey was selected with the tenth overall pick in the 1st round of the 2007 MLL Supplemental Draft by the defending MLL Champion Philadelphia Barrage.[8] He was acquired prior to the 2008 season by his hometown Boston Cannons.[9] Godfrey began each of his two MLL seasons with his respective teams, though went to Canada both summers to play Senior level indoor box lacrosse. He rejoined the MLL coming into the Ohio Machine 2012 season[10] and prior to appearing in a game for the Machine was acquired mid-season by the Denver Outlaws[11] who he saw brief action with.

Team USA Indoor[edit]

Godfrey prepared for the 2008 indoor season by playing transition for Team USA Indoor at the Warrior Cup in Six Nations (Ontario, Canada) and on their Developmental Team's arena exhibition tour.[12]

Canadian Lacrosse Association[edit]

Godfrey was one of the first Americans to embark on an extended career in Canadian box lacrosse and his first season up North was chronicled in a journal series published in Inside Lacrosse magazine in late 2006.[4] His initial experience in the Canadian ranks was with Brooklin of the Ontario Lacrosse Association in 2006. In 2007, Godfrey played between the Valleyfield and Longueuil franchises in the province of Quebec. His career evolved to the highest level of play in Canada in the summer of 2008 when he signed and suited up with the Nanaimo Timbermen of the Senior-A Western Lacrosse Association in British Columbia. A top draw man throughout his Canadian box career, he also led Quebec in penalty minutes served (PIM) with 108 in 2011.[13]

Coaching and business career[edit]

Godfrey's commitment to the indoor game was evident in 2009 when he partnered with Essex, VT businessman Jeff Culkin in starting the first American box lacrosse franchise to compete in an otherwise exclusively Canadian league.[14] The two co-owners debuted the Vermont Voyageurs in their inaugural season competing in the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League (QSLL) in 2009.

Godfrey is an experienced coach with time in the NCAA ranks at Division II Saint Anselm College, founder of two Massachusetts boys high school programs (Haverhill High School and Central Catholic High School), Massachusetts Division I state finalist with Billerica Memorial High School,[15] and growing the Texas landscape as former head coach of St. Andrew's Episcopal in Austin[16] and Plano Senior High School.[17] He has toured Europe on several occasions to grow the game on a grassroots level by running camps in Spain, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Scotland, and Finland. Godfrey was a guest clinician at the 2008 European Lacrosse Championships in Lahti, Finland and blogged about the trip in Inside Lacrosse.[18] He has also coached for the Spanish National Team in 2007.[19]

An innovative entrepreneur of the sport, Godfrey is known as a preeminent clinician of the face-off position[20] through his company, FaceOff Club. US Lacrosse has invited him to be a featured speaker at their 2011 National Convention in Baltimore and he returned again to speak in 2012.[21] Godfrey's business pursuits extend also to Claddagh Lacrosse and Southern Combat Lacrosse.

His business experience is complemented by graduate work at Boston University in their Master's program in Coaching and Sport Psychology. BU boasts one of the only such programs in the nation and their research is focused through their Institute for Athletic Coach Education. Godfrey has taken his higher education and advanced his business to contracting speaking engagements with major corporations and organizations to train their executives and upper management in the topics of team leadership, group coaching, positive psychology, and motivation.


Godfrey is also involved in the entertainment industry and has appeared in two Hollywood productions. He has produced several documentaries of the lacrosse and sports cultures in several European nations. His latest work has been with MTV in 2011 "Teen Wolf" series in the area of sports choreography and technical advisory, stunt doubling, acting, and camera operation. [22]

Honors and achievements[edit]


  • NCAA All-American (2005) - Second Team, Specialist
  • Northeast 10 All-Conference (2005) - First Team, Specialist
  • NEILA All-New England (2005, 2006) - Midfielder
  • NEILA Senior East-West All-Star Game (2006)
  • Northeast-10 All-Academic (2006)[23]


  • NCAA Statistical Leader in Ground Balls (2006) - 131
  • NCAA Statistical Runner-up in Face-off Wins (2006) - 211
  • NCAA Statistical Runner-up in Face-off Wins (2006) - 197
  • NCAA Statistical Runner-up in Face-off Percentage (2006) - .682

Godfrey was the Merrimack College record holder in all of these single-season categories until 2011[24]



Season School GP FO win FO att FO% GB
2005 Merrimack 16 197 289 .682 89
2006 Merrimack 16 211 345 .612 131
NCAA Totals 32 408 634 .643 220


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