Dave Cornell, who served as head coach of Connecticut College’s men’s lacrosse team for 13 seasons between 2007 and 2019, has stepped down from his position at the College.
Cornell led the team to a 100-90 record with four USILA All-Americans and an additional 10 USILA All-America Honorable Mention selections. One of his recruits, Ben Parens ’18, recently became the first player in program history to be named a USILA All-America First Team selection twice and also was recognized as the nation’s faceoff specialist of the year in each season.
The Camels 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 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.
“I want to thank Dave for his service to the College,” said Director of Athletics and Chair of Physical Education Mo White. “He has been an important part of the Conn lacrosse program, and during his tenure, he took the program to national prominence in 2010 and 2012. We wish him all the best.”
In January, the College announced that Jim Nagle would serve as interim head coach of the men’s lacrosse program for the spring 2020 season. An announcement about Cornell’s successor will be made at a later time.