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Coach Chris Swanenburg

The Patriots field both youth and high school teams and all are led by Chris Swanenburg. A former All-Ivy League goaltender at Yale University, Swanenburg brings 20 years of NCAA college coaching experience to the Patriots. The all-time winningest coach at Division I Radford University, Swanenburg has 15 years of head coaching experience at Division I and III levels. He is widely regarded as one of the top teachers in the sport and has helped produce college All-Americans and professional lacrosse players alike.

Over the course of his career, Swanenburg has helped take programs to their highest levels. In 1986, as a high school senior, he led Dulaney High School to the Maryland state championship. Then, as a collegiate athlete, Swanenburg was a member of three Ivy League Championship squads and led the Bulldogs to their first modern-day NCAA Tournament appearance in 1988. The 1990 team, on which he was a senior, advanced to the NCAA Division I Final Four.

Swanenburg had a similarly positive effect as a Division I coach, significantly impacting the programs at both Radford and Stony Brook. While at Stony Brook, Swanenburg helped coach the Seawolves to their first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance in 2002. Under his tutelage, the team was ranked among the nation’s top defensive units and recorded upset wins over the likes of UMBC and Albany. At Radford, where he held his first head coaching job, the Highlanders became one of the most improved programs in the country and recorded unlikely wins over programs such as Ohio State, Stony Brook, Lehigh, and Villanova. Swanenburg also successfully developed four future professional lacrosse players, including NLL Rookie of The Year Blaine Manning and perennial NLL All-Pro Lewis Ratcliff.

In addition to his time spent at the Division I level, Swanenburg helped start two Division III programs. His first coaching position was as an assistant at Goucher College while the team underwent the transition from club to varsity status. Most recently, he founded the program at nearby Christopher Newport University. While with the Captains, Swanenburg led CNU to a winning season in only its second year of play. He also directed the team to wins over numerous established programs, including Hampton Roads’ rival Virginia Wesleyan. Finally, he cemented his reputation for being an excellent in-game coach, as his young CNU squads recorded an incredible 8-2 record in one-goal games.