Dave Cornell enters his 13th season as the head coach of the Connecticut College men’s lacrosse program in 2018-19.
Cornell has helped Connecticut College register a 100-90 record overall. The Camels have also produced four USILA All-Americans and an additional 10 USILA All-America Honorable Mention selections with him on the sidelines. Faceoff specialist Ben Parens ’18 recently became the first player in program history to be named a USILA All-America First Team selection twice and also recognized as the nation’s faceoff specialist of the year in each season.
The Camels have most notably earned their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in program history in 2010 and 2012 under Cornell’s guidance. The 2010 squad finished with a 14-3 record, hosted an NCAA Tournament game against Rochester Institute of Technology, set a school record by opening the season with 13 straight wins, and climbed all the way up to No. 6 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) National Poll. Cornell was also named the NESCAC and New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Coach of the Year for his efforts.
Cornell joined Connecticut College after spending the previous two years as the lead defensive assistant coach at Notre Dame. Under the direction of Fighting Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan, he assisted in all phases of a nationally-ranked program which qualified for the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
Prior to joining the Division I ranks, Cornell served as the head coach at Muhlenberg College for three seasons. He developed and resurrected a Mules program that was reinstated after 21-year hiatus and helped the team set a school record for victories in 2003 and 2004.
Cornell began his professional coaching career as an assistant at Gettysburg College and under the direction of the legendary Hank Janczyk, who ranks second in NCAA men’s lacrosse coaching victories for all divisions. In this role, he served as the team’s offensive coordinator for three seasons and defensive coordinator for one year. The Bullets made four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the championship game in 2001.
Before coaching at Gettysburg, Cornell was a standout player for the Bullets between 1992 and 1996. He was named a two-time All-American while also helping the program win three Centennial Conference championships and advance to the NCAA Final Four in 1995. In addition, Cornell played in the 1996 USILA Division III North-South Senior All-Star Game.
Cornell, who has served as a United States National Team coach and evaluator, earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and entrepreneurship from Gettysburg in 1996 as well as a master’s degree in health, exercise science, and athletic administration from McDaniel. He currently resides in Mystic with his wife, Amy, and children, Charlotte and Luke.