December 14, 2010

Ambler Reunites with Bates at Princeton

from press release

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Colin Ambler will be starting his lacrosse coaching career at Princeton the same way he started his collegiate playing career at Drexel - with Chris Bates.

Ambler, a 2010 Drexel graduate who won the school's top senior athlete honor last spring, has been reunited with Bates as an assistant coach at Princeton University. Ambler played for Bates for three seasons at Drexel before Bates became the Princeton head coach a year ago.

"Colin is a very committed, hard-working young man," Bates says. "He's academically successful. He's on-the-field successful. The guys here already respect him, which is impressive for a young guy just out of college. I thought he'd be successful in whatever he did, and we're happy to have him

Ambler was the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year in 2007 and then was a two-time firs-team All-CAA selection after that. While he finished among the career leaders at Drexel in goals (88), assists (66) and points (154), he ranks second in his family in all three, as his father Bob is the career leader at the school in points.

Ambler came to Drexel from Abington High School outside of Philadelphia, and he missed the 2006 season with a groin injury. He came back to score 22, 21, 21 and 22 goals, and he led the team in points as a sophomore and junior.

A finance major, Ambler was also a CoSIDA second-team all-district Academic All-America and the winner of the Colonial Athletic Association men's lacrosse scholar-athlete of the year award.

He capped his college career by winning the school's Mary and John Semanik Award, Drexel's top award for a senior student-athlete.

Ambler joins a staff that includes not only Bates but also Greg Raymond and Steven Brundage, who were assistant coaches at Drexel while Ambler was a player.

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