Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/19/16
North Carolina offensive coordinator David Metzbower (former Malvern Prep coach and Princeton assistant) and Delaweare veteran head coach Bob Shillinglaw were all honored with awards at the recent U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Coaches Association meeting.
Metzbower was tapped as the NCAA Division I assistant coach of the year. Shillinglaw was one of three to receive the Lifetime Service Award.
Metzbower’s Tar Heels won the NCAA championship in 2016. Metzbower was named in July 2014 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 joined 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.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.
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.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 left the Princeton program in June 2009 as associate head coach after turning down an offer to be the Tigers’ head coach and served as an assistant coach at the Haverford School in 2010. He then served as head coach at Malvern Preparatory School in suburban Philadelphia for two years before moving to Loyola in 2012.
University of Delaware head lacrosse coach Bob Shillinglaw, one of the nation’s most respected and successful coaches, will begin his 39th season as head coach of the Blue Hen men’s lacrosse program and his 42nd season of college coaching overall in 2017.
His head coaching tenure is the second longest in the history of athletics at the University of Delaware, trailing on the late C. Roy “Doc” Rylander, who coached the Blue Hen men’s tennis team for 41 seasons in 1952-93.
He leads a Blue Hen program that has ranked among the nation’s best in NCAA Division I. Between 2004-11, the Blue Hens won 10 or more games five times, captured four Colonial Athletic Association regular season and tournament titles, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times.
The highlight came during the 2007 season when the Hens knocked off defending national champion Virginia and UMBC in the first two round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in school history.
Shillinglaw owns a career record of 303-295 (.507) at Delaware that includes 15 conference titles, including seven in the East Coast Conference, three in the North Atlantic Conference titles, a 1999 America East Conference title, and four CAA titles in 2005 (regular season), 2007, 2010, and 2011. He has led the Blue Hens to six NCAA Tournament appearances in 1984, 1999, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011.
He reached a milestone achieved by just 12 coaches in the history of the game in 2012 when he captured his 300th career victory during the Blue Hens’ season-opening 19-6 win over Detroit Mercy on Feb. 4 in Delaware Stadium.
He reached another impressive milestone during the 2016 season when he led the Blue Hens to a 6-5 win at Manhattan on Mar. 8 to capture his 300th victory at Delaware. Shillinglaw joined former Massachusetts coach Dick Garber as the only coaches in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to win 300 games at one school.