Keith Loftis begins his first season as an assistant coach at Wheaton College in 2012.
Loftis spent the previous 12 seasons as an assistant at Providence College, where he helped the Friars to four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season championships, three MAAC Tournament championships, and three NCAA Tournaments (2004, 2006-07). During that span, he also served as Providence’s recruiting coordinator.
At Providence, Loftis saw his defensive unit finish in the top five in scoring defense on four occasions – including second in 2008. He also had one of his student-athletes named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year on five occasions (2002-04, 2007-08) as well as one United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America selection on defense.
Loftis began his collegiate coaching career at Cobleskill State University in 1998. He spent two seasons as head coach (1998-99) before joining the Friars staff.
A native of Whitesboro, N.Y., Loftis earned his associates degree in liberal arts at Morrisville State University in 1995 and his bachelor of arts in psychology at Potsdam State in 1997. He was an all-region selection in each of his junior college seasons and was selected to participate in the Junior College North/South All-Star Game following the 1995 season. Loftis earned his master’s degree in education/counseling from PC in 2001.
Loftis is a former board member for Rhode Island Lacrosse who received the Rhode Island Lacrosse Outstanding Service Award in 2004. He resides in Providence with his wife, Elisangela. The couple welcomes their first child, Thomas, in March, 2011.