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Former Malvern Prep coach Metzbower named assistant at North Carolina

Monday, 21st July 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 7/21/14
From Press Release

A veteran coach with more than a quarter century of experience on collegiate sidelines, former Malvern Prep coach Dave Metzbower was named Monday as the offensive coordinator for the men’s lacrosse program at the University of North Carolina. UNC head coach Joe Breschi announced Metzbower’s hire.

Metzbower joins the Carolina staff from Loyola University (Maryland) where he had served as an assistant coach and the Greyhounds’ offensive coordinator since November 2012. In his two years on the staff at Loyola, the Greyhounds earned back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and won the Patriot League regular-season and tournament championships in 2014. The Greyhounds went 26-7 in Metzbower’s two years as an assistant coach to Charley Toomey.

“I’m extremely happy that Dave and his family will be moving to Chapel Hill to join the Carolina lacrosse program,” said Breschi. “We’ve known each other since our Loyola High School days and played club lacrosse together for his brother Jimmy in the Maryland area back in the 1980s.

“Dave has a tremendous history of success over the years at both Princeton and Loyola, and will add a wealth of experience and knowledge at the offensive end of the field. He’s a wonderful addition to the UNC lacrosse family.”

Beginning in 1990, Metzbower spent 20 years as an assistant coach, offensive coordinator and goalkeeper coach at Princeton University, the final seven as the Tigers’ associate head coach. Metzbower helped the Tigers win six NCAA Championships and 230 games during his tenure in New Jersey. He resigned in 2009 and spent a year as an assistant at Haverford School and then two years as head coach at Malvern Prep.

Originally form the Baltimore area and a graduate of Loyola Blakefield High School, Metzbower graduated from the University of Delaware in 1986 after a standout career as an attackman.

“My family and I would like to thank Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham, Senior Associate Athletic Director Clint Gwaltney and Coach Breschi for this opportunity,” Metzbower says. “We are thrilled to move to Chapel Hill and join the University of North Carolina lacrosse family. It’s a unique opportunity in college lacrosse, and I am looking forward to coaching these student-athletes. I can’t wait to get started.”

After graduating from UD, he joined the Blue Hens’ coaching staff and spent 1987-1989 on the sidelines in Newark.

In 1990, Metzbower joined the Princeton staff as the top assistant to head coach Bill Tierney and helped create dynamic offenses that averaged 181.6 goals per year over a 20-season span.

Metzbower helped the Tigers win six NCAA championships, reach the NCAA semifinals 10 times and advance to the NCAA quarterfinals on 16 occasions. During Metzbower’s tenure, the Tigers won 14 Ivy League titles while achieving a cumulative 230-65 record.

He helped develop the top five goal scorers in Princeton history, the top four in career points, 22 All-Ivy League attackmen, seven Ivy League Players of the Year, 27 first-team All-Americas and 74 All-Ivy League first-team selections. Under Metzbower, Kevin Lowe (1994) and John Hess (1997) won the Lt. Col. J.L. Turnbull Award as the outstanding attackman in Division I, and Josh Sims twice won the Lt. Donald McLaughlin Award as the top midfielder in Division I (1998 and 2000).

As Princeton’s goalie coach, he directed three players – Scott Bacigalupo (1992-1994), Trevor Tierney (2001) and Alex Hewitt (2006) – who won the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Award as the top Division I goalkeeper a combined five times.

Metzbower and his wife, Mimi, have two children, a daughter, Jordan, and a son, Derek.



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