Loyola High grad Metzbower joins Greyhounds as assistant coach

Baltimore native and Loyola High alumnus David Metzbower, a former Princeton associate head coach, has joined the Loyola men's lacrosse staff as an assistant, coach Charley Toomey announced Thursday.

Metzbower will start with the defending national champion Greyhounds beginning Monday. He spent 20 years as an assistant coach, offensive coordinator and goalie coach at Princeton, the final seven as the Tigers' associate head coach. Most recently he was head coach for two years at Malvern (Pa.) Prep, a position he resigned from two weeks ago.


"We are very excited to welcome David, his wife, Mimi, and his daughter, Jordan, and son, Derek, to the Loyola family," Toomey said. "It is not often that you are able to bring someone onto your staff who is such a quality coach and a man of outstanding character who also has a Jesuit education background.

"David has a tremendous amount of experience at the offensive end of the field with his work at Princeton and in recruiting in the Ivy League, something that is going to help us tremendously as we transition to the Patriot League" for the 2014 season.


Metzbower takes over a Greyhounds offense that scored 12.05 goals per game (eighth-best in Division I) en route to winning Loyola's first-ever NCAA Division I championship in 2012. The Greyhounds return a Tewaaraton Award finalist in senior Mike Sawyer and another starting attackman in junior Justin Ward, as well as an intact first midfield line of Davis Butts, Chris Layne and Sean O'Sullivan. Metzbower succeeds former offensive coordinator Dan Chemotti, who last week was named the first head coach at Richmond.

"I am excited to get back to college lacrosse, especially at Loyola," Metzbower said. "I looked at this as a great opportunity to be a part of Charley's staff and work with a team that is coming off a national championship. Loyola has a lot of returning talent, and I look forward to being on the field with the players and working with them."

Metzbower graduated from Delaware in 1986 after a standout career as an attackman. He joined the Blue Hens' coaching staff and spent 1987-89 on the sidelines in Newark.

In 1990, Metzbower joined the Princeton staff as the top assistant to then-head coach Bill Tierney and helped create dynamic offenses that averaged 181.6 goals per year during a 20-season span. With Metzbower on staff, the Tigers won six NCAA championships; reached the NCAA semifinals 10 times and the NCAA quarterfinals on 16 occasions; won 14 Ivy League titles; and had a cumulative 230-65 record.

He helped develop the top five goal scorers in Princeton history, the top four in career points, 22 All-Ivy attackmen, seven Ivy League Players of the Year, 27 first-team All-Americans and 74 All-Ivy first-team members. Under Metzbower, Kevin Lowe (1994) and John Hess (1997) won the Jack Turnbull Award as the outstanding attackman in Division I, and Sims twice received the Don McLaughlin Award as the top midfielder in Division I (1998 and 2000).

As Princeton's goalie coach, Metzbower worked with 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 program in June 2009 as associate head coach after turning down an offer to be the Tigers' head coach; he served as an assistant coach at the Haverford School in Havertown, Pa., in 2010.

Metzbower and his wife, Mimi, have two children, a daughter, Jordan, and a son, Derek.