Chris Feifs Joins North Carolina Lacrosse Coaching Staff

CHAPEL HILL, NC Chris Feifs, a former player at Maryland and offensive coordinator at VMI was hired Wednesday as a full-time assistant coach for the University of North Carolina's men's lacrosse program. UNC head coach Joe Breschi made the announcement of Feifs' hiring. He will take over for Greg Paradine, who left in July to become the head coach of the newly started men's and women's lacrosse programs at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

"I'm thrilled to welcome Chris Feifs to the Tar Heel lacrosse family," North Carolina head coach Joe Breschi said. "Having grown up in the state of North Carolina, Chris has a passion for the game and a tremendous desire to help the Tar Heels continue to build an outstanding overall program, both on and off the field.

"His ability to teach the game offensively, recruit stellar student-athletes and build strong relationships with the players he worked with at VMI were critical factors in my interest in having him join the staff. Chris' character and leadership ability clearly fit the vision I have for the Tar Heel lacrosse program."

Feifs recently completed his second year as Coach Jeff Shirk's top assistant at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. On July 2, 2007, Feifs was named to the VMI staff as an assistant coach and in the summer of 2008, he was officially given the title of offensive coordinator. In 2008, the Keydets earned their first ever bid to the MAAC Tournament, reaching the tournament championship game. It was the first post-season conference tournament bid for VMI in 28 years.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to work at the University of North Carolina and give back to my home state. Coach Breschi and coach (Pat) Myers have been inspirational throughout the hiring process and have me looking forward to getting involved all aspects of the program right from the start. I begin my tenure in Chapel Hill with great excitement and anticipation," said Feifs.

Feifs comes to Carolina with the experience of having played in the Atlantic Coast Conference as an undergraduate. Feifs rounded out his playing career at Maryland where he served as the co-captain of the 2007 team.

Feifs was drafted in the 2007 Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft when he was taken by the Boston Cannons in the draft's third round. He played for the Cannons under the leadership of Coach Billy Daye, a 1993 UNC graduate.

In May 2007, Feifs received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Maryland. He posted a 3.5 grade point average and was a three-time selection to the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Feifs played for Coach Dave Cottle's Terrapins from 2004-07. He played in 35 games in his career. As a senior he started 14 of 15 games for the Terps and had 15 goals and four assists for 19 points. He scored four goals against Yale that season, including the game-winning goal and he also put up three goals against Johns Hopkins.

At 6-4, 240, he was an imposing midfield presence for the Terps. He was the first-ever recruit from the state of North Carolina for Maryland's program as he was from Durham and graduated from Riverside High School in 2004. He was coached by Jim Kirkley at Riverside where he was named a two-time high school All-America. He is the son of Helmuts and Betsy Feifs. Feifs has also spent the past five summers as a camp instructor for several top lacrosse camps on the East Coast.

2009-09-02



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