Steven “Coach J” Jeune enters his first season at the helm of the newly formed Florida Polytechnic Men's Lacrosse team. He fell in love with the sport of lacrosse as a freshman in high school, from the sport's storied history, originated by Native American tribes of the Northeastern U.S. and Southeastern Canada, to its high-paced gameplay and physicality in the modern era.
After competing at the varsity level in high school, Jeune walked on to NCAA Division II Franklin Pierce University at the defensive midfield position. As a sophomore, he earned the Coaches’ Award for Men's Lacrosse in 2010 and the Team Spirit Award in 2012. As a member of the Men's Lacrosse program, Jeune represented the team in Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as a member of the community service committee and later Co-Chair of SAAC. He earned the Franklin Pierce University Athletics Community Service Award as a senior.
After graduating from Franklin Pierce University in 2012, Jeune earned a masters' degree in Higher Education - Student Affairs at Salem State University. While pursuing his master's, he served as a volunteer youth lacrosse coach in Woburn, Massachusetts. His first lacrosse players are currently in college, some still competing in the sport at the club level, and in the NCAA. Jeune has served as a residence hall director for first-year student athletes at NCAA Division II HBCU Winston-Salem State University and as the student-athlete academic advisor at NCAA Division III Lesley University. Taking a holistic approach to supporting student-athletes is at the core of his values as a higher education professional.
Currently, Jeune also serves as an ESE teacher at Kathleen Middle School in Lakeland, Florida. He enjoys sharing the passion of learning. Whether the location is the field or the classroom, Jeune always aims to challenge, support, and inspire.