Staff
Head Coach
Matt Karweck

Matt Karweck accepted the reins as the Colgate men's lacrosse head coach in July 2018.

Karweck arrived after eight years as an assistant coach in the Division I ranks, including the previous six seasons at Notre Dame.

Colgate Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Nicki Moore made the official introduction during a press conference at the Class of 1965 Arena.

"We are so proud to be bring Matt Karweck and his family into our Colgate family," Moore said. "The things we heard from our references about Matt that impressed us were things like:
'He's one of the most growth-minded coaches I know;
'He has made it his work to understand new generations of student-athletes and how they are best coached, mentored and led;
'He is a positive coach who values the teaching and learning process and understands the important role that making and learning from mistakes are in that process;
'He is driven to be great.'
"We could not be more excited to welcome our newest head coach back to Central New York."

Karweck, who also played his collegiate lacrosse at Notre Dame, helped the Fighting Irish to their second Atlantic Coast Conference title this past year in a 17-7 championship-game triumph at Virginia. The Irish were matched only by Syracuse in ACC tournament success since Notre Dame joined the league, as both teams now have two championships in the five-year span.

The Irish reached three finals in five appearances.

During his six seasons back at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish compiled a 64-30 record, earned six NCAA tournament bids, including a title-game appearance in 2014, captured the 2014 and 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference championships, and reclaimed the regular season ACC title in 2015 and 2016.

The Irish reached at least the NCAA quarterfinals in five of the six seasons Karweck served under head coach Kevin Corrigan.

"You know this is a special place when you walk in the door and you are immediately welcomed," Karweck said. "Community is so important for my wife, my son and me, and this place is incredible.

"My mentors, Kevin Corrigan and Gerry Byrne at Notre Dame, have taught me over the last six years many things, but certainly about the relationships with the student-athletes that you have to have. We have an amazing group of young men here and you can tell the guys are really excited to push this program to be great."

Over the past six years, the Notre Dame program produced 27 All-America honorees and 25 All-ACC selections. The Fighting Irish also had 10 players drafted into Major League Lacrosse.

Karweck came to Notre Dame from Merrimack, where he spent one season as an assistant coach/offensive coordinator at the NCAA Division II school. The Warriors posted a 13-3 record in 2012 and reached the title game of the Northeast-10 Conference tournament. They also were ranked fifth nationally during the season and produced three All-Americans, including the player of the year.

Prior to his stint at Merrimack, Karweck was an assistant coach at the Detroit-Mercy for one season. He was the offensive coordinator for the Titans during the 2011 campaign and helped the second-year program improve by three wins from its first season of NCAA Division I play to its second. Detroit also earned its initial berth into the MAAC tournament and advanced to the title game.

Karweck was the head coach of Indiana University's club lacrosse program from 2007-10. The squad competed in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA).

He led Indiana to 25 wins in three seasons and was named the 2009 Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference Coach of the Year. While at Indiana, he earned a Master of Science degree in kinesiology and owned and ran Overtime Lacrosse, a summer camp program.

Karweck earned four letters (2003-06) and tallied 60 goals and 30 assists in 52 games during his playing career at Notre Dame. He received first team all-Great Western Lacrosse League honors as a senior after copping second-team accolades during his junior campaign. He graduated with a degree in psychology from Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters.

After graduating from Notre Dame, Karweck competed professionally in England for one season with the Sheffield Steelers in the English Lacrosse Premiership. The Steelers captured the 2006 Bath Eights Tournament Championship. While in England, he also served as a men's lacrosse coach at Sheffield University, and taught lacrosse in the surrounding area for the English Lacrosse Association.

He returned to the United States and played two seasons for the Chicago Machine in Major League Lacrosse.

"I'm so excited to get back to upstate New York; it's where I'm from," said Karweck, who is a native of Penn Yan in the Finger Lakes Region and attended Penn Yan Academy. He led the team to the Section V Class C High School title all four seasons, as well as the state title in 2001.

Assistant Coach
Chris Cooper

Colgate’s Matt Karweck announced the addition of Chris Cooper to his men’s lacrosse coaching staff in August 2018.

Cooper arrived after two seasons as the top assistant at Binghamton, while Crawley spent last season as the volunteer assistant at Notre Dame.

“Chris is a true educator, a dynamic leader, and comes from a long history under some of the great coaches and mentors in the game.” Karweck said. “He brings a knowledge on all sides of the ball and will lead our defensive, recruiting and rebranding efforts.”

Cooper already has put together successful stops at multiple levels. Most recently in the last two seasons as the top assistant at Binghamton, he boosted the Bearcats to a program record for wins in a season and only their second appearance in the America East tournament championship game.

The squad under Cooper’s watch produced two USILA All-Americans and six All-Conference performers, including the defensive player of the year, as well as America East coaching staff of the year.

“I would like to thank Matt Karweck and the entire search committee for this incredible opportunity,” Cooper said. “Through the interview process, it became very clear that the experience offered at Colgate to young people and their families is both high level and well-rounded.

“This, coupled with the vision of Coach Karweck to help develop his student-athletes into the best versions of themselves both on and off the field, made us feel like it was the perfect fit for our young family and my professional career.”

Head Coaching Experience
Before Binghamton, Cooper spent one season as head coach at Division III John Carroll. He led JCU to a 12-6 record, a OAC regular season championship, OAC tournament championship and its first NCAA tournament appearance. Other honors included OAC offensive player of the year and coaching staff of the year.

Prior to JCU, Cooper served one season as volunteer coach at Princeton. The Tigers that season won a share of the Ivy League regular season title and advanced to the Ivy League tournament championship.

His first NCAA experience came in the 2013-14 seasons as an assistant at Division III Denison. Over that two-year span, the Big Red set records for consecutive wins and wins in a season (19). They captured the NCAC regular season and tournament championships, made an NCAA quarterfinals appearance and were named NCAC coaching staff of the year.

Cooper’s coaching career started at Michigan State, where he helped the Spartans to new heights. They earned CCLA Conference regular season and tournament championships as well as MCLA national coaching staff of the year.

Cooper is a 2013 graduate of Central Michigan University. He and his wife, Stephanie, are the parents of sons Walker and Wells.

Assistant Coach
John Crawley

Colgate’s Matt Karweck announced the addition of John Crawley to his men’s lacrosse coaching staff in August 2018.

Crawley worked alongside Karweck at Notre Dame, helping the Fighting Irish win the 2018 ACC championship. Crawley worked primarily with the face-off unit and in developing players on the offensive side of the ball.

“John has an incredible offensive mind,” Karweck said. “His experiences at Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame and playing in the MLL have really shaped a unique ability to see the game in different ways.

“With the shot-clock era about to begin, John’s knowledge and awareness can really help us with strategy and execution. His real value as a coach is his profound ability to build and develop relationships with players. John will lead our offensive as well as manage our social media content and distribution.”

Crawley plays in both attack and midfield for the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse. In his first MLL game, Crawley earned League Player of the Week honors after scoring six goals and assisting on another.

"I was able to spend a lot of time with Coach Karweck in the past year, getting to know him and his family at Notre Dame." Crawley said. "I'm fortunate to have learned from him as a coach and as a man.

“I couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to work with him toward building something special here at Colgate. His vision, combined with his contagious energy and passion, puts this program and these players in great hands."

NCAA All-Tournament Selection
Crawley was a two-time USILA All-America and 2017 USILA Academic All-American at Johns Hopkins. He helped the Blue Jays advance to the 2015 national semifinals and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team after scoring four goals during championship weekend.

The Port Washington, New York, native was a two-time team captain at Johns Hopkins. He graduated in 2017 with a degree in economics.

Assistant Coach
Nick Acquaviva
Assistant Coach
Pat Shelley