Chris Kivlen Rounds out the Cornell Lacrosse Coaching Staff

ITHACA, N.Y. Matt Kerwick, the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Men's Lacrosse, has announced that Chris Kivlen will join the Big Red as an assistant coach for the 2015 season. Kivlen comes to East Hill following three extremely successful seasons as the head coach at Montclair State. He will assist the staff on both ends of the field and play an important role with the face off unit.

"We are excited to add Chris to the Big Red program," said Kerwick. "He was a successful head coach at Montclair, where he brought the program to new heights each year, and as an assistant at Albany, helping them to become the top program in the America East. He brings a wealth of experience to our program that will benefit our student-athletes and his recruiting knowledge, especially on Long Island, will make an immediate impact. The Cornell program deserves three coaches with head coaching experience and we are now eager to make a run at an Ivy Championship."

In his three seasons with the Red Hawks, Kivlen registered an overall record of 41-13, including a perfect conference record (18-0), three league championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. For his efforts, he was named the Skyline Conference Coach of the Year each season and turned Montclair State into one of the top programs in the region.

Last season, Kivlen guided the Red Hawks to the best campaign in school history, going 16-2 and establishing a new single-season record for victories. The team began the year with six straight wins, including the program's first-ever over a top 10 opponent, as it upset No. 6 Dickinson College. The impressive start to the season catapulted MSU into the USILA Division III Coaches' Poll for the first time since 2010 before eventually reaching as high as No. 10 in the poll for the first time in program history.

Under Kivlen's tutelage, MSU swept the Skyline Player and Rookie of the Year honors in each of his three seasons as he coached 28 all-conference selections and eight All-Americans.

Prior to his time at Montclair State, Kivlen spent six seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University at Albany, and helped the Great Danes to become a perennial contender in the America East Conference as well as a fixture in the USILA Coaches' Poll.

During his tenure with the Great Danes, Kivlen coached 25 America East All-Conference selections, including 10 first-team selections and 14 all-rookie team picks.

In just his second season on the sidelines, Albany enjoyed their finest season in program history, winning its first 11 contests, including victories over four-ranked teams, and reaching the No. 2 spot in the USILA poll and remaining there for seven consecutive weeks. Albany would capture its fourth America East title in five years by edging UMBC, 15-14, to reach the NCAA Tournament, where it knocked off Loyola in the first round before falling to Cornell in overtime of the NCAA quarterfinals.

A standout defenseman during his playing career for the Great Danes, Kivlen was part of three conference championship teams. He earned his degree in communications with a minor in business administration in May 2005 and immediately joined the coaching staff under Scott Marr.

A native of Huntington Station, N.Y., Kivlen received all-league recognition at Walt Whitman High.

2014-08-19



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