Chapman Promotes Berger, Adds Leneau to Staff

Orange, CA - Chapman is pleased to announce the promotion of Ryan Berger to the position of offensive coordinator and the hiring of Jason Leneau as an assistant coach. Both coaches assume their duties immediately and will be instrumental in preparing for the 2012 spring season.

Ryan Berger is a Philadelphia native, where he was a four-year varsity attackman at powerhouse Conestoga High School. He is the only person in school history to lead the team in goals, assists, and points as a sophomore, junior, and senior. He garnered All-State accolades his final two seasons and is one of only two players in Conestoga history to be named team MVP twice.

Berger went on to star as a four-year starter at D-III Denison, where he played under a four-time All-American attackman from UVa and former team USA assistant coach Mike Caravana. As a freshman on a team that made the Final Four for the first time in school history, he was named Co-Rookie of the year and earned 2nd team All-League.

As a sophomore he was named 1st Team All-League, All-American, and the team's offensive MVP. As a junior, the team again returned to the Final Four, and he was again named 1st Team All-League and All-American. In his final season at Denison he was named team captain, again earned 1st Team All-League, All-American, and team offensive MVP honors, finishing with 194 career points, good for 5th in school history.

Berger was offensive coordinator at LMU from 2006-2010 and served as a part-time assistant at Chapman in 2011. He resides in Costa Mesa with his wife Cherstin and his son Tyler, who was born last spring.

Jason Leneau is a Baltimore native, where he was a three-sport varsity athlete at Boys' Latin. A captain his senior year, he played long stick midfield for legendary coach Bob Shriver. His junior season, the team had a perfect 17-0 record and won the MIAA championship, finishing as the #1 ranked hiigh school team in the nation.

Leneau was also an All-County running back on the football team and All-State and All-American wrestler. He went on to the University of Virginia to play lacrosse for multiple national championship coach Dom Starsia, and he also wrestled for the Cavs.

He showcased his skill as a face-off specialist and defensive midfielder for a Virginia team that won back-to-back ACC championships in '99 and '00, appeared in three Final Fours, and won the NCAA National Championship in '99.

Coach Leneau's coaching career began at his alma mater, where he was an assistant coach for both the JV and varsity squads at Boys' Latin. Moving to Orange County in 2005, he played professionally in the MLL for the L.A. Riptide in '06 and '07 and in the LXM Pro tour in '08.

From 20052011, Leneau has been the offensive coordinator and face-off coach at St. Margaret's. Teaching Life Science and P.E., he also served as the school's strength and conditioning coordinator for all sports and is looking to pursue a master's at Chapman in Health. Out of season, Leneau runs and coaches at multiple lacrosse camps around the country and resides in Laguna Niguel.

Berger and Leneau round out the coaching staff with 2nd year head coach Dallas Hartley and 3rd year assistant coach and former Chapman goaltender Daniel Kirkpatrick. Hartley will take over the defensive coordinator duties. Kirkpatrick will work with the goalies and defense. Berger takes over as offensive coordinator and will work with the attack. Leneau will work with the offense, midfield, face-offs, and serve as the team's strength and conditioning coordinator.

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2011-09-07



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