DURHAM, N.C.—Duke men’s lacrosse head coach John Danowski will return for a second term as the U.S. men’s senior national team after leading the United States to gold at the FIL World Championships this past summer in dramatic fashion.
This will be the first time in the history of the U.S. men’s program that a coach will serve as a head coach for more than one term. Sue Stahl, Wendy Kridel and Ricky Fried all won multiple titles with the U.S. women’s program.
“I’m humbled and honored to be asked to do this a second time,” Danowski said. “It was such a positive experience on so many levels, from the collaboration with US Lacrosse, the support staff, the coaching staff and the relationships we built with the players. Our goal was to change the culture and create a program, not an all-star team. I don’t think we feel like our work is finished.”
The United States, under Danowski’s watch, returned to the top of the podium this past summer with a 9-8 last-second victory over Canada in Israel. The next world championship event will be in 2022 in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
Danowski enters his 13th season at the helm of the Duke men’s lacrosse program. Since taking over the reins in 2007, he has helped build the Blue Devils to an annual national title contender. The winningest coach in the history of NCAA Division I lacrosse, Danowski has led the Blue Devils to the NCAA title game five times, most recently in 2018, and brought home national championships in 2010, 2013 and 2014.
On the individual side, the longtime head coach has mentored 103 All-Americans and two Tewaaraton Award winners. He has garnered seven conference coach of the year awards. At Duke he owns a 180-55 record and nine NCAA semifinal appearances.
Previously the head coach at C.W. Post and Hofstra, Danowski has a career coaching record of 399-194 at the collegiate level.
The application process for the coaching and support staffs for the two teams will be announced shortly. A committee consisting of past U.S. team coaches and US Lacrosse staff will make the staff selections.
The U.S. men’s national team trains and plays using best-in class products provided by Nike (apparel and footwear), Cascade (helmets), STX (equipment), Warrior (equipment), SISU Guard (mouthguards), The Pearl by Guardian (balls) and DJO (sports braces).
In addition to these partners, MedStar Sports Medicine, Chipotle, Greenfields and Nationwide are official sponsors of the national team. Team training is also aided by products from Motive Pure, NormaTec Recovery and Athletic Republic.