CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - David Metzbower, a member of the University of North Carolina men's lacrosse coaching staff since the summer of 2014, has been promoted to associate head coach of the Tar Heel program. UNC head coach Joe Breschi and athletic director Bubba Cunningham made the announcement Thursday.
Metzbower has served as an assistant coach and the team's offensive coordinator since moving to Chapel Hill in August 2014 after successful college coaching stints at Princeton and Loyola.
“It's my sincere pleasure to elevate offensive coordinator David Metzbower to associate head coach for the Carolina lacrosse program," said Breschi. "He's been one of the most successful and loyal assistant coaches in the country over the past 25 years and his offensive knowledge helped elevate our program to the 2016 national championship and 2017 ACC title. I'm thrilled that Coach Metz and his awesome family will be Tar Heels for many exciting years to come."
Metzbower led a dynamic Tar Heel offense in his first year at the helm of it in 2015, featuring All-Americas Chad Tutton, Joey Sankey and Jimmy Baitter all of whom helped rewrite the Tar Heels' offensive record book. After advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2015, the Tar Heels went one better with Metzbower directing an offense that took off in the post-season. The 2016 Tar Heels were the ACC regular season co-champions and then scored double digits in goals in all four NCAA Tournament games, including 13 against Notre Dame in the quarterfinals, 18 against Loyola in the semifinals and 14 against Maryland in the national championship game, in which the Tar Heels beat the Terps 14-13 in overtime.
In 2017, Carolina rallied late in the season to earn its 11th straight NCAA tournament bid as Metzbower's offense caught fire in the ACC regular season and conference tournament. UNC beat Syracuse 16-15 in the ACC semifinals and Notre Dame 14-10 in the ACC final for its 13th conference title. All three starting attckmen - Luke Goldstock, Chris Cloutier and Andy Matthews - were named to the All-ACC Tournament Team. Cloutier was the tournament Most Valuable Player.
Cloutier was named a third-team All-America in 2017 and Goldstock was an honorable mention All-America. Goldstock finished his career fifth in career goals at UNC and tied for 10th in career points with Billy Bitter (200-11).