Towson's Nadelen Promoted to Associate Head Coach

TOWSON, Md. Veteran Assistant Coach Shawn Nadelen of the Towson University men's lacrosse program has been elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach, it has been announced by Head Coach Tony Seaman.

"I want to thank Coach Seaman and our Athletic Director, Mike Hermann, for promoting me to Associate Head Coach," Coach Nadelen said. "Their recognition of my efforts and passion for Towson Lacrosse and our continued growth is greatly appreciated."

Coach Nadelen added, "Tiger Lacrosse is a program on the rise and I am proud to be a part of its continued tradition of success."

Entering his sixth season as a member of the Tigers' coaching staff, Nadelen has served as the team's defensive coordinator during his tenure. In the five years, the Tigers have reached the NCAA Tournament twice while earning a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament four times.

During Nadelen's first season in 2005, the Tigers ranked ninth in NCAA Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 7.88 goals per game. It was the Tigers' best defensive average since 1974 when they won the Division II national championship by allowing just 7.3 goals per game.

In 2006, the Tigers ranked third in the CAA with an 8.42 goals against average while holding opponents to under ten goals nine times. In 2007, the Tigers ranked fourth with an 8.48 goals against average.

While advancing to the CAA Championship Game in 2009, the Tigers posted a 9.11 goals against average and held opponents under ten goals in nine games.

Prior to joining the Towson staff, Nadelen spent three years as an assistant coach for Bill Tierney at Princeton University. During his years at Princeton, he helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament three times. Princeton advanced to the national semi-finals twice during Nadelen's tenure.

"Shawn Nadelen has developed into an outstanding coach, educator and administrator," Coach Seaman said. "With increased responsibilities placed on his desk in the areas of recruiting, academics and compliance in addition to his on-field duties, his promotion to Associate Head Coach is well deserved.

"Shawn has been a key component of Tiger Lacrosse for the last five years," Coach Seaman added. "I have the greatest respect for his knowledge of the game, his leadership skills and the fine example he sets for our players as one of the best active professional defensemen in the game of lacrosse today."

In addition to coaching, Nadelen has had a successful career playing in Major League Lacrosse and completed his ninth season as a member of the Washington Bayhawks this past summer. He will also start his sixth season with the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League this winter.

A 2001 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Nadelen was a four-year starter for the Blue Jays who moved from midfield to close defense as a junior. He led the Blue Jays to the NCAA semifinals twice during his career.


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