Kevin Unterstein

Kevin Unterstein was named the defensive coordinator for the University of North Carolina men’s lacrosse program in August 2018.

Unterstein spent eight years total on the Hofstra men’s lacrosse staff including the past five years as associate head coach before moving to Carolina.

Recently, as a player, he was a member of the gold-medal winning United States Men’s National Team that competed in the 2018 FIL World Championships in Israel as well as a member of the New York Lizards in Major League Lacrosse (MLL).

“I’m humbled and honored to have the opportunity to join the University of North Carolina men’s lacrosse program. I’m truly looking forward to helping bring continued success to such a storied program,” said Unterstein. “I want to thank head coach Joe Breschi, athletic director Bubba Cunningham, and the UNC administration for such an incredible opportunity. I’d also like to thank the athletics department and administration at Hofstra University for eight seasons with an amazing coaching staff under the direction of head coach Seth Tierney. I hope to contribute to the growth, continued achievements, and success of the UNC men’s lacrosse program. I’m excited to help guide our student athletes in pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.”

During his coaching tenure at Hofstra, he worked with the defense, the face-off specialists and the man-down unit. Virtually every year, those units put up some impressive numbers in the CAA and nationally. Last year, the Pride led the Colonial Athletic Association and was second in the nation in scoring defense with a 7.86 goals against average. In 2017, the Pride ranked second in the CAA and 14th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 8.79 goals per game. In 2016, Hofstra led the conference in face-off winning percentage with a .541 mark while the defense was second in the conference and 13th in the nation allowing 8.53 goals per game. In 2015, Hofstra led the CAA and was eighth in the nation in scoring defense (8.44) and was second in the conference and sixth in the country in turnovers per contest (12.1). In 2013, the Pride ranked first in turnovers per game (11.36) and third in scoring defense (7.79 gpga). In 2011, the Pride led the nation in scoring defense (6.56 gpga) and ranked sixth in face-off winning percentage (.622) and turnover average (13.69).