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Christopher T. Swanenburg A former All-Ivy League goaltender at Yale University, Swanenburg brings 20 years of 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 the 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.

Christopher T. Swanenburg A former All-Ivy League goaltender at Yale University

Christopher T. Swanenburg, a native of Monkton, Md., is a 1990 graduate of Yale University, where he earned All-Ivy and All-New England honors as a goalie. He finished his Yale career having recorded the third highest single-season save percentage in school history and ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in career saves and save percentage. In 1986, as a high school senior, he led Dulaney High School to the Maryland state championship. 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. Updated to reflect changes and deletions from Capital Lacrosse website.

The 1990 Yale team also included Midfielder Jon Reese ’90 and Goalie Tony Guido ’90. Reese, the most decorated of all Yale players, who received the 1990 Lt. Don C. McLaughlin, Jr. Memorial Award as the nation’s top midfielder. He was a three-time first-team All-Ivy pick, the 1990 Ivy and New England Player of the Year and Yale’s career leader in points (200) and goals (162). Reese, whose 82 goals his senior season are still an NCAA record, was a 1990 All-American, was named to the NCAA Silver Anniversary Team and became a U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee in 2011.

Tony Guido, one of the best-known goalies in the history of the program earned the 1990 Ensign C.M. Kelly Jr. Memorial Award as the top goaltender in Division 1. Guido helped the Elis earn three Ivy titles while playing in three NCAA Tournaments and whose achievements at Yale were remarkably similar to Swanenburg’s bio posted on the Capital Lacrosse website earlier this year.

For lacrosse aficionados the 1990 championship also has special significance as the NCAA ordered Syracuse to vacate the championship title for rules infractions.

Swanenburg began his coaching career as an assistant at Goucher College. According to Swanenburg’s website, he played an instrumental role in developing the Gophers’ club program to Division III status before moving onto Radford and the Capital Lacrosse website states that he  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 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.
Prior to Marymount, Swanenburg spent the previous two seasons as the top assistant at NCAA Division I playoff participant Stony Brook University. There he handled the majority of recruiting and scouting duties as well as serving as the Seawolves’ defensive coordinator and goalie coach. During his first season, the 2001 campaign, the Seawolves improved on consecutive five-win seasons to 7-7 and were ranked as high as #21 nationally.
Before joining Stony Brook, Swanenburg served as the head coach at Division I Radford University for seven seasons. He resigned from his place with the Highlanders after the school’s decision to stop sponsoring men’s lacrosse. Under his guidance, the program Radford improved from 50th to 30th in the nation and was recognized in a study by US Lacrosse and LaxPower as one of the most improved teams in Division I.  Swanenburg left Radford as the winningest coach in school history and as the only one to post a winning season at the Division I level.
Chris Swanenburg was introduced November 3, 2005 as the first-ever men’s lacrosse coach at Christopher Newport University. He arrived at CNU after three years at Marymount University and with 15 years of college coaching experience.  Swanenburg was terminated by CNU on March 30, 2010 and “remains the all-time-winningest coach in CNU history and the only head coach to have ever led the team to a winning season.” Amended Complaint, Case Number: CL1300801T-01, ¶6 and although Swanenburg was terminated by CNU he remains “a highly respected and accomplished teacher of lacrosse related tournaments, camps and events.” Amended Complaint, Case Number: CL1300801T-01, ¶6  
Today Swanenburg is the Director of Capital Lacrosse and the sole member of Capital Lacrosse, LLC. Amended Complaint, Case Number: CL1300801T-01, ¶2 (more…)