Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/7/22 – From Press Release
With fall break in full swing on campus, the King’s College athletic department and Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Athletics Cheryl Ish are pleased to release a much-anticipated announcement. On Friday afternoon, Ish revealed former men’s lacrosse standout and assistant coach AJ Bungert (Parkland) as the next head men’s lacrosse coach.
Bungert becomes just the fourth head coach since the program became a varsity sport in the 1998-99 academic year and replaces Andy Orlowski who guided the King’s men’s lacrosse program for the past 20 years.
“I would like to thank Cheryl Ish and the search committee for trusting me with the leadership of the men’s lacrosse program,” said Bungert. “I am honored to be able to return to my alma mater to continue and to add to the traditions that make playing at King’s such a special experience.”
Bungert is no stranger to the Monarchs men’s lacrosse program as a standout midfielder who graduated in 2015. The Allentown native was a member of arguably one of the best senior classes in program history that qualified for the MAC Freedom tournament for four consecutive seasons. On the field, Bungert was a two-time All-MAC Freedom selection as a junior and senior while serving as a team captain in his final campaign.
Off the turf, Bungert was extremely active in the King’s community as he served as a Resident Assistant from 2012 to 2015.
After graduation, Bungert joined the Monarchs coaching staff as the offensive coordinator and director of recruiting from 2015 to 2019. During this time, Bungert designed unique stick skills and conditioning programs, created detailed scouting reports, built practice plans with specific individual and team objectives, and handled all recruiting duties that included volunteer coaching at recruiting showcases.
During his time with King’s, Bungert also served as the Head Coach and Program Director of the NEPA Development Lacrosse Club located in Wilkes-Barre for three seasons where he built and managed a summer practice and tournament schedule as well as handled recruiting duties for players with the hope of pursuing a collegiate playing career. Bungert also founded and held roles as the Head Coach and Program Director for the Lehigh Valley Youth Lacrosse Camp in Allentown where he developed detailed plans for each day of the week with specific development objectives for their players.
Bungert made one more coaching appearance in Allentown as a coach for the Headstrong Foundation Lacrosse Club, adding a stint in 2018 as the defensive coordinator for the 8th grade team and the head coach in 2019 for the 10th grade team.
“I am excited to continue and grow the traditions that make King’s College lacrosse the program that it is, and to establish new traditions of excellence both on and off the field for our student-athletes,” said Bungert. “Returning to my alma mater is an incredibly exciting opportunity and I am very much looking forward to returning to Wilkes-Barre and starting this new chapter of the King’s College men’s lacrosse program.
“I am excited about the opportunity to grow this program to new heights in the MAC Freedom and to earn a chance to compete for our first MAC Freedom Championship.”
Since his time in Wilkes-Barre, Bungert was appointed the Head Boy’s Lacrosse Coach at Woodside High School in Woodside, Cal., for the past year where he helped build the program with an emphasis on skill development, competition, and fun. At Woodside, Bungert put into practice many of the skills learned at King’s as he managed game and practice schedules while implementing game plans and scouting reports into their daily routines. His talents and skill set shone through as Bungert tabbed SCVAL – El Camion Coach of the Year this past season.
“I’m thrilled to welcome AJ back to King’s College as our new head coach,” stated Ish. “It was obvious when AJ met with the search committee that he would bring an energy and passion to the program that will resonate with our players. I’m confident that he has the technical knowledge and the personality to bring our program to new heights. AJ is deeply committed to our mission and to the Division III philosophy, and his background in lacrosse coupled with his dedication to providing the best student-athlete experience is very exciting. I’m looking forward to the next era of Monarch lacrosse.”