Pat March

Pat March, who has engineered offenses that have ranked in the top-10 nationally in scoring in four of the last-five seasons at both Princeton and Syracuse.

While his first year at SU was shortened, March’s offense provided a glimpse at what his units could accomplish. ‘Cuse finished the shortened 2020 season ranked sixth nationally in scoring offense (16.60 goals per game), fifth in scoring margin (+7.2 goals per game), 10th in points per game (25.20) and the Syracuse first-midfield unit was on pace to be the third-highest scoring trio in program history, behind just the 1988 and 1990 squads that featured the Gait brothers.

Individually, Stephen Rehfuss was on pace for a historic season, averaging 3.6 assists per game, Chase Scanlan was third in the ACC at 3.6 goals per game and Jamie Trimboli led the nation in scoring by a midfielder at 3.4 goals per game. ‘Cuse was also tenacious on the ride, with Griffin Cook leading all attackmen nationally with seven caused turnovers.

His second season saw 'Cuse post the 13th-best scoring offense nationally, while Owen Hiltz put up a historic freshman season, leaving Orange fans excited about the future. Hiltz had the eighth-most productive season in cumulative points, goals and assists in Syracuse history, despite the Orange playing just 13 games with the COVID-impacted 2021 schedule, en route to an All-America season.

March came to Syracuse having spent the three seasons prior as the Princeton offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, with previous coaching stops at Vermont, Dickinson College, his alma mater, Roanoke, and professionally with the Atlanta Blaze.

In addition to March’s offensive expertise, he’s brought in top-level talent to the Orange. His first recruiting class featured the signing of talented attackman Owen Hiltz, who was the third-ranked player in the class of 2020 by Inside Lacrosse. It was Syracuse’s top-rated recruit since the 2013 signing class.

March had the same recruiting success with the Tigers. After being unranked in Inside Lacrosse’s recruiting rankings 2017 and not in the top-15 since 2014, March brought Princeton back-to-back top-12 classes in the last two recruiting cycles.

In March’s first season running the offense at Princeton, the Tigers made a 50-percent jump in scoring offense, scoring nearly 15 goals per game. The 2017 squad ranked second nationally in the category and did it efficiently as well, posting the top shooting percentage in the nation. The offense continued to be a national leader in subsequent years, ranking third and 10th nationally in the past two seasons.

March mentored a pair of Major League Lacrosse draft picks in Zach Currier and Austin Sims.