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David Metzbower

David Metzbower Joins Matt Brown's Coaching Staff at Denver

July 12, 2023
USA Lacrosse Magazine Staff
John Strohsacker

Denver has hired David Metzbower, a seven-time NCAA champion assistant coach, to fill out its men’s lacrosse staff under first-year head coach Matt Brown.

Metzbower most recently spent time at North Carolina (2015-23). That came after a two-year stop at Loyola (2013-14), which followed a historic run at Princeton as Bill Tierney’s offensive coordinator from 1990-2009. 

"Metzy is one of the best coaches in our game and without question the best Division I assistant of all time,” Brown said in a statement. “Seven national championships, 12 Championship Weekend appearances and the countless list of All-Americans he's coached doesn't even begin to measure up to the character of the man and his ability to mentor others."
In his 37 years as an assistant, Metzbower has a 403-166 record with 24 NCAA tournament appearances, 19 NCAA quarterfinals appearances, 12 Championship Weekend appearances, nine NCAA championship game appearances and seven national championships.
"I hope to contribute to the growth and continued achievements of the program and look forward to teaming up with one of the best offensive minds in our game,” Metzbower said in a statement. “My wife and I are looking forward to moving to Denver and starting our next chapter."
Metzbower won a national championship with North Carolina in 2016 with, a season in which he also earned USILA Assistant Coach of the Year honors. But Metzbower is perhaps best known as the Princeton assistant who paired with Tierney to win 14 Ivy league titles and win six national championships in 20 years.
Between his stops at Princeton and Loyola, Metzbower was an assistant at the Haverford School (2010) and then the head coach for two seasons at Malvern Prep (Pa.). Prior to his time at Princeton, Metzbower followed a standout career at Delaware by spending three seasons on the Blue Hens' sidelines from 1987-89.