|Alma Mater:||Duke '07|
Former Duke standout Matt Danowski joined the men’s lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in July 2012. Danowski works with Duke’s attackmen.
Duke’s offense has flourished under Danowski’s guidance, ranking second and third nationally in scoring in 2014 and 2013, respectively. In 2015, following the departure of All-American Jordan Wolf, Duke was fourth nationally in scoring offense at 14.28 goals per game. Duke led the ACC and was fourth again nationally with a 13.50 goals per game average. The Blue Devils have averaged over 13.5 goals per game in each of Danowski’s three seasons.
After becoming a household name in his rookie season, Justin Guterding continued to rewrite the records book with Danowski as a mentor. He led the team in scoring with 71 points to become the first Blue Devil to score 70-plus points in each of his first two seasons. He also became the fastest Blue Devil to 100 career points, reaching the benchmark in 25 games. Guterding’s play earned the attackman his first All-ACC and All-America honors.
Guterding had an outstanding rookie season under Danowski’s guidance. The Long Island native finished his first year with 52 goals and 70 points overall, the second most by any freshman in Division I. He was just shy of passing Duke’s rookie records for goals and points.
Perhaps even more impressive was the mentorship Danowski did with attackman Jack Bruckner in his first year at the position. A lifetime midfielder, Bruckner made the switch and ranked third on the team in scoring with 47 goals and 13 assists for 60 points. Overall in 2015, Duke’s attacking trio of Guterding, Bruckner and Matheis accounted fo 42 percent of the Blue Devils’ points.
Danowski’s second season surpassed his debut in 2013 as the Blue Devils offense finished the year ranked second nationally in scoring offense (14.85), assists per game (9.0) and points per game (23.85). Under Danowski’s tutelage, Wolf completed his career in record-setting fashion.
Wolf, a 2014 Tewaaraton Award finalist, became the first Blue Devil and ACC player overall to score over 100 points in a season with 64 goals and 39 assists for 103 points. He finished his illustrious career with 304 points to rank second in Duke history, only behind his mentor Danowski.
In his first season at the helm, Duke’s offense flourished, ranking third nationally with 14.05 points per game. Wolf excelled on attack with a then career-best 57 goals and 85 points. Overall, Duke’s attacking trio of Wolf, Josh Dionne and Case Matheis were three of the team’s top four scorers and combined for 187 points, 40 percent of the Blue Devils’ total. Both Wolf and Dionne were among the top four goal scorers in the ACC.
Danowski, the NCAA all-time leading scorer and the son of the Duke head coach, joined the staff after a stellar career in which he led the Blue Devils to three NCAA semifinal berths, two national runner-up finishes, two ACC Tournament Championships and a 63-18 overall record. The 2007 consensus National Player of the Year as the recipient of both the Tewaaraton Trophy and the USILA Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award, Danowski finished his career with a NCAA record 353 points from 170 goals and 183 assists.
Peppered throughout the ACC and NCAA records books, Danowski collected nearly every award possible during his illustrious collegiate career. He was a three-time USILA first team All-American, three-time Tewaaraton Trophy finalist and three-time ACC Player of the Year selection and is one of just two players in NCAA history to score 90-plus points in multiple seasons. In addition, he twice won the USILA Lt. Col. J.I. Turnbull Award as the nation’s top attackman and is one of three players in ACC history to earn the ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Player of the Year accolades during his career.
Danowski began his career with the Blue Devils in 2004, leading Duke in scoring with 42 points en route to being named the ACC Rookie of the Year and an honorable mention All-American. As a sophomore, the Farmingdale, N.Y., native led the program to new heights as the Blue Devils compiled a 17-3 record, won the ACC regular season title and advanced to the NCAA title game.
He earned the first of his two USILA National Attackman of the Year awards after amassing a then Duke single-season record 92 points.
In 2007, behind Danowski’s 96 points, Duke again advanced to the national title game and finished with a 17-3 overall record. After leading the nation in points with 96, he was voted the consensus national player of the year and a first team All-American. He closed out his career in 2008 by pacing the nation in points with an ACC and Duke single-season record 97. The Blue Devils captured their second consecutive ACC Tournament crown on their way to a program-record 18 wins and a second consecutive berth in the NCAA semifinals.
After graduation, Danowski was selected second overall in the 2008 Major League Lacrosse draft. He is a four-time MLL All-Star and was named to the All-MLL team in 2010 and 2011. He currently plays for the expansion Charlotte Hounds of the MLL and was named to the All-MLL squad after a stellar season in which he led the Hounds to the MLL Championship game.
Danowski, a history major, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007 and completed his master’s degree in liberal studies in 2009. He is married to former Duke women’s lacrosse player Virginia Crotty. The couple married October 11, 2014 in Durham, N.C. They reside in Durham with their daughter Caroline.