David Metzbower

David Metzbower was named in July 2014 as the offensive coordinator for the men’s lacrosse program at UNC. He was promoted to associate head coach in 2017.

Within three years the hiring of Metzbower proved extremely profitable to the Tar Heels’ sucess on the field as a dynamic offense led Carolina on a post-season run that resulted in UNC’s first NCAA championship since 1991 during the 2016 campaign. UNC followed that up by winning the ACC Tournament championship in 2017, just its second league title since 1996.

In beating four seeded opponents in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Carolina scored in double digits in all four games including 13 goals against Notre Dame in the NCAA quarterfinals, 18 goals against Loyola in the NCAA semifinals and 14 goals against Maryland in the NCAA championship game. The Tar Heels scored 31 goals in the 2017 ACC Tournament’s two games against the top two teams in the nation in the NCAA RPI. All three starting attackmen were named to the All-ACC Tournament Team and Chris Cloutier was tapped as league tourney MVP.

In the fall of 2016, Metzbower was tapped as the NCAA Division I assistant coach of the year as named by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. In 2016, UNC finished sixth in the nation in goals per game at 13.06 and the Tar Heels were fifth in man-up offense at .500. All three Tar Heel attackmen - Luke Goldstock, Steve Pontrello and Chris Cloutier - were named to the 2016 NCAA All-Tournament Team with Cloutier being tapped as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

In his first season as offensive coordinator, the Tar Heels averaged 14.35 goals per game in 2015 in reaching the NCAA quarterfinals, the best scoring average since 1996 with players like Joey Sankey, Jimmy Bitter, Chad Tutton and Luke Goldstock rewriting large portions of the Tar Heel record book. All four of those players earned All-America honors in 2015 including Tutton on the first team.

Metzbower joined the Carolina staff from Loyola University (Maryland) where he served as an assistant coach and the Greyhounds’ offensive coordinator since November 2012. In his two years on the staff at Loyola, the Greyhounds earned back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and won the Patriot League regular-season and tournament championships in 2014. The Greyhounds went 26-7 in Metzbower’s two years as an assistant coach to Charley Toomey.