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Men’s lacrosse: Princeton announces changes to coaching staff

Saturday, 13th September 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 9/13/14
From Press Release

Matt Madalon has been promoted to offensive coordinator for the Princeton men’s lacrosse team, while Chris Cooper will be joining the staff as the volunteer assistant coach.

“In a short period of time, Matt has earned the respect of everyone in our locker room with his knowledge and passion for the game,” says Princeton head coach Chris Bates. “Now as a coordinator, we are confident that he can really help our offense take some nice next steps this season.” madalon.cooper

Madalon came to Princeton last season after seven years on the staff at Stevens, where he was the associate head coach for his last three years, all of which ended in the Division III NCAA tournament. He is a former Major League Lacrosse goalie who was a two-time Division III All-America at Roanoke.

Princeton averaged 12.0 goals per game in his first season with the program to rank 12th in Division I. Princeton was also fifth in Division I in man-up offense at 51.2% (21 for 41).

Cooper comes to Princeton from Denison, where he helped the team to a 32-4 record in two seasons while producing six All-Americas, 19 all-league selections, the league’s offensive and defensive players of the year, the newcomer of the year and the coach of the year.

Denison went 19-1 in 2014 and reached the Division III quarterfinals after winning the North Coast Athletic Conference championship. The Big Red set school records in 2014 for wins, goals and assists and had the fifth-ranked scoring offense in Division III with 16.0 goals per game. Cooper also worked with the face-off group, which ranked fifth in DIII and produced one All-America.

Cooper is a graduate of Central Michigan, where he majored in public administration and community planning and played on the MCLA club lacrosse team. He also coached with the Michigan State club team, helping the team into the MCLA top 10, and with the Dutch national team.

“Chris worked our Princeton camps this summer and did an outstanding job” Bates says. “When our volunteer position opened, he was a clear and easy choice join our staff. Chris has a bright future as a college coach.”

Dylan Sheridan joined the staff recently as the defensive coordinator.



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