DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University men's lacrosse head coach John Danowski announced on Tuesday the hiring of former Blue Devil standout Matt Danowski as an assistant coach for the men's lacrosse squad. Danowski replaces Chris Gabrielli who recently accepted the head coaching job at Providence College.
"I'm thrilled to have Matt join our staff," John Danowski said. "Obviously his lacrosse experience and knowledge speak for themselves, but more importantly he will be able to give our kids a point of view that none of us can as a former Duke student-athlete. He'll be a great addition to our staff and the Duke lacrosse program."
Matt Danowski, the NCAA all-time leading scorer and the son of the Duke head coach, joins 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.
"I can't even begin to describe how excited I am to begin my lacrosse coaching career," Matt Danowski said. "And to be awarded the opportunity to do so at my alma mater is a dream come true. Duke has giving me so much and I look forward to giving back those experiences to the future student-athletes. I look forward to being a member of the Duke coaching family and can't wait to work closely with the student-athletes as well as the university and athletics staff."
Peppered throughout the ACC and NCAA records books, Matt 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.
Matt 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 Matt 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, Matt 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.
Matt Danowski, a history major, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007 and completed his master's degree in liberal studies in 2009. He returned to Duke as a staff member in the Iron Dukes Development office in the spring of 2012.
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