Towson Gives Nod to Nadelen as Next Lacrosse Coach

May 29, 2011 | WNST Staff

Here is the official release, courtesy of Towson’s Sports Information Department…

SHAWN NADELEN NAMED AS TOWSON HEAD MEN’S LACROSSE COACH

A Champion at All Levels as a Player and Coach, Nadelen Set to be Seventh Bench Boss in Program’s History

TOWSON, Md. – A highly-decorated and respected collegiate and professional player and current Associate Head Coach at Towson University, Shawn Nadelen has been tabbed to take over the Tiger men’s lacrosse program, Director of Athletics Mike Waddell and Interim President Marcia G. Welsh announced Sunday.

“Shawn’s championship experience at the collegiate, professional and international levels as both a player and a coach make him the ideal leader for Towson Lacrosse,” Waddell says. “When you look in his eyes, there is the intensity of a CHAMPION and a resolve which will bring the most out of our student-athletes on and off the field. He is the perfect choice to continue the coaching legacies of Carl Runk and Tony Seaman.

“While at Towson, Shawn has solidified himself as part of the collegiate lacrosse landscape here in Baltimore and across the county as this sport continues to expand from coast to coast,” Waddell added. “As someone who is still active as an athlete, Shawn has great name recognition with the lacrosse community. We look forward to keeping him and his wife, Mary, a professor at Towson, here as key members of our Tiger family.”

Nadelen just completed his seventh season at Towson and his second at the team’s associate head coach and defensive coordinator. Since Nadelen arrived at Towson in 2004, he has sparked a defensive resurgence in which the Tigers have allowed an average of nine or fewer goals four times and finished among the nation’s top 20 defenses twice, including this year when the Tigers allowed 8.23 goals per game.

During his first year at Towson, the Tigers ranked ninth in NCAA Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 7.88 goals per game. It was the Tigers’ best goals against average since the 1974 season when the Tigers won the Division II national championship with a 7.3 goals against average.

In 2006, the Tigers ranked third in the CAA with an 8.42 goals against average while holding opponents to under 10 goals nine times. In 2008, the Tigers were fourth in the CAA with an 8.48 average.

Towson has recruited and developed many talented players during Nadelen’s tenure, including 17 first-team and 17 second-team all-Colonial Athletic Association performers. In addition, eight freshmen have been selected to the CAA All-Rookie squad.

Prior to joining the Towson staff, Nadelen spent three years as an assistant coach for Coach Bill Tierney at Princeton and was a member of three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams. Princeton won the NCAA Division I title in 2002 and reached the semi-finals in 2004. 

A four-year starter and a captain for the Blue Jays as a senior, Nadelen moved from the midfield position to close defense as a junior. He led the Blue Jays to the NCAA semi-finals twice during his playing career and was named an all-American in 2001.

In addition to coaching, Nadelen has continued his playing career at the indoor and outdoor professional level. A three-time Major League Lacrosse champion with the Chesapeake Bayhawks, Nadelen is currently in his 11th season with the franchise. He is the only player to have all played in all 11 years of the team’s existence.

Nadelen also completed his 10th season as a player in the National Lacrosse League. He has played seven seasons for the Philadelphia Wings after stints with the New Jersey Storm and Minnesota Swarm.

One of his greatest highlights as a player came in the Summer of 2010 when he recovered from a serious knee injury to help Team USA win the gold medal at the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in England. 

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Nadelen is married to the former Mary Ciolek, who is a certified athletic trainer and a member of Towson’s kinesiology faculty. The couple resides in the Baltimore area.

“Our search committee did an outstanding job of reviewing many qualified candidates while providing great insight into what Towson Lacrosse has been and what we hope to be in the future,” Waddell says. “I want to thank these folks and the many generous coaches around the country on the high school, college and professional levels for their counsel during this process.”

The members of the search committee included:

Greg LaCour (Committee Co-Chair): Director of Development, Major Gifts at Towson and former men’s lacrosse student-athlete
Mike Harris (Committee Co-Chair): Senior Associate Director of Athletics, External Relations and men’s lacrosse oversight
Carl Runk: Retired Head Men’s Lacrosse and Football Coach, Towson University
Sonia LaMonica: Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, Towson University
Heather Crowe: Kinesiology Professor at Towson University and men’s lacrosse Faculty Fellow
Steve Heaney: Lecturer in English at Towson University and men’s lacrosse Faculty Fellow
Norm Engelke: Cornell alumnus and two-time United States National Team World Games player
Bob Shriver: Washington College alumnus and head boys’ lacrosse coach at Boys’ Latin School
Tim Barger: Towson University alumnus and former men’s lacrosse and soccer student-athlete

“Towson University is committed to the sport of lacrosse and with the tandem of Shawn Nadelen and Sonia LaMonica leading our teams, I feel as if we have two of the finest coaches in the nation leading our Tigers on and off the field,” Waddell said.

Shawn Nadelen Coaching Timeline

Year  School  Position  Record  Highlights 

2001  Princeton University  Assistant Coach  14‐1  NCAA Champions; Ivy League Champions 

2002  Princeton University  Assistant Coach  10‐5  Ivy League Champions; NCAA Semi‐finalists 

2003  Princeton University  Assistant Coach  11‐4  Ivy League Champions; NCAA Quarter‐finalists 

2004  Towson University  Assistant Coach  11‐5  CAA Champions; NCAA Tournament 

2005  Towson University  Assistant Coach  11‐5  CAA Champions; NCAA Tournament 

2006  Towson University  Assistant Coach  8‐6 

2007  Towson University  Assistant Coach  9‐7  Tigers earn NCAA Tournament at‐large berth  

2008  Towson University  Assistant Coach  5‐9 

2009  Towson University  Assistant Coach  7‐10  CAA runners‐up 

2010  Towson University  Associate Head Coach  7‐8  CAA runners‐up; CAA regular season champions 

2011  Towson University  Associate Head Coach  3‐10

What They’re Saying About Shawn Nadelen

Former Towson Men’s Lacrosse Coach Tony Seaman

“I am very proud that Shawn has been named as the head coach at Towson. I think they hired the right person for the job and I know Shawn will do a great job as the next head coach of Towson Lacrosse.”

Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse Coach Dave Pietramala

“When I think of Shawn, I think of the word class. From the time I met him during his senior year in high school to his senior year  at Johns Hopkins when he played for me, he has been a first class individual. He has continued to do things the right way as a coach and really cares about the kids and wants to be successful. Towson made a great choice in hiring not only a good coach, but an even better person.”

United States National Team and Bryant University Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Mike Pressler

“I am very ecstatic for Shawn. In all of my time as a coach at the collegiate and international levels, I have never come across someone who is more of a competitor and is more selfless than Shawn. He is a tremendous individual who has a lot of character. What he did in five months to come back from his knee injury and play at the level he did in the World Championships last year is one of the most remarkable and incredible things I have ever seen as a coach. To see Shawn named as the head coach at Towson is very exciting for not only Shawn, but for Towson as well because they got a great young coach and an outstanding young man that the players will look up to. Congratulations to Towson on an outstanding hire.”

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