Brother Rice Names Ajay Chawla '93 as Head Lacrosse Coach

For the first time in almost two decades there will be a new man in charge of the Brother Rice Warrior's Lacrosse program. Athletic Director Reg Cavender has named Ajay Chawla '93 as the next coach to follow Hall of Fame coach Rob Ambrose, who retired last week.

Cavender said "We had a number of quality candidates and we were not going to rush the hire, but it was pretty obvious that the right guy was already here on our staff. Trying to replace a coach like Rob is a monumental task, but Ajay has the full support of the administration, the lacrosse families and our Alumni. "

Chawla was very happy when he got the news. "There is something special about being able to coach at your Alma Mater. When Reg offered me the chance to succeed Rob I was very humbled and honored. It's a huge task to follow a friend and mentor like Rob, but this really is a dream come true. There is something special about Brother Rice and The Band of Brothers. I'm blessed to be here."

One of the main reasons Chawla was selected was for his reputation as a leader in the community and the academic demands he placed on his JV and Varsity B players for the last 11 years. Cavender added "We have 100% confidence in him to be a leader for our young men and to ensure that they are challenged to meet our high athletic, but more importantly, academic standards." Since 2010 the Michigan Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association has given out Academic All-State awards, and every one of Coach Ambrose's teams has been recognized for their work in the classroom.

Ambrose is happy to see Chawla take over the program and to continue with the culture and traditions. Ambrose said "They got the right guy, that's for sure. He doesn't just get the culture around here, he helped create it. The results, the trophies and the titles have been a team effort and he's been a part of shaping it for years. The tradition of excellence and the goals the boys set, that comes from our culture and our Alumni. That comes from guys like Ajay."

Chawla is a '93 graduate of Brother Rice where he was a standout defenseman on the lacrosse team. He went on to play 3 years of NCAA lacrosse at Division 3 Marymount, a Catholic University in suburban Arlington, Virginia. He returned home in 1997 to finish his degree at Wayne State and start his career. Chawla currently lives in Troy with his wife Julie and daughter Alexandra. He is the owner and CEO of CS Fasteners as well as a Strategic Accounts Manager for SourceHOV.

Ajay is known as much for his work in the community as he is in lacrosse. A co-founder of Toast for Tykes in 1999, the charity has raised over $700,000 for pediatric causes across Michigan including: Michigan Epilepsy Foundation, Camp Sponsorship's, Children's Hospital of Michigan, U of M Burn and Trauma Center, Kids Kicking Cancer and many more. He was recently named one of Oakland County's Elite 40 Under 40 and sits on the planning committee for Sparky Anderson's CATCH Charity for Children.

Brother Rice Principal, Brother Michael Segvich, CFC said, "We are lucky that Alumni like Ajay always want to come back and pay it forward to the next generation of students. He's been very demanding of his players on the field and in the classroom for years and we expect that to continue in his new role. He's a tremendous role model for the kids through his leadership in the business community and his philanthropic work."

Cavender added "We knew right away who the 'plan A' guy was in Ajay. We were lucky that he said yes and we didn't have to figure out who 'plan B' would have been. The list of Warriors coaching in lacrosse and what they have accomplished is impressive and I'm sure it would have given us several quality people to talk to."

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