David Metzbower is an assistant coach for the Denver University.
David previously coached at North Carolina, Loyola, Princeton and Delaware (where he had a standout career) as well as at the high school ranks at the Haverford School and Malvern Prep.
Overall in his 37-year career, Metzbower has combined for a 403-166 record, has made 24 NCAA Tournament appearances, 19 visits to the NCAA Quarterfinals, 12 trips to Championship Weekend, nine Memorial Day clashes and seven national championships.
Metzbower was the offensive coordinator at North Carolina from the 2015 season through this spring’s 2023 campaign, including his last seven seasons serving as the program’s associate head coach. In his second season with the Heels, the 2016 USILA Assistant Coach of the Year helped lead North Carolina to their first national championship in 25 years and his seventh as an assistant coach. UNC finished sixth in the nation in goals per game at 13.06 in 2016 and were fifth in man-up offense, clicking at a 50-percent rate.
A year later, Metzbower guided UNC’s offense to the 2017 ACC Tournament title, the program’s second conference championship since 1996.
Prior to his time at UNC, Metzbower was on staff at Loyola University (Maryland), where he had served as an assistant coach and the Greyhounds’ offensive coordinator in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In his two years on the staff at Loyola, the Greyhounds earned back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and won the Patriot League regular-season and tournament championships in 2014. The Greyhounds went 26-7 in Metzbower’s two years as an assistant coach to veteran Loyola mentor Charley Toomey.
From the 1990 to 2009 seasons at Princeton, Metzbower’s offensive mind was paired with Bill Tierney‘s revolutionary defense. In those 20 seasons, Princeton won six national titles, qualified for Championship Weekend 10 times, advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals 16 times, won 14 Ivy League titles and combined for a 230-65 record. In his days as the Tigers’ OC, Metzbower coached the top five goal scorers in Princeton history (at the time), while producing 22 All-Ivy League attackmen and seven Ivy League Players of the Year. The Princeton Tigers also had 27 first team All-Americans in his tenure.
Former Tigers Kevin Lowe (1994) and John Hess (1997) were named the most outstanding attackmen in Division I lacrosse, and Josh Sims won the NCAA’s top midfielder award in both the 1998 and 2000 seasons. In 2009, Metzbower was named the IMLCA Assistant Coach of the Year and was inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
In addition to his offensive mind, Metzbower also coached the Tigers’ goalies, directing Scott Bacigalupo (1992-1994), Trevor Tierney (2001) and Alex Hewitt (2006) to the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Award as the top NCAA Division I goalie a combined five times.