January 11, 2011

Zwickert Named New Coach at Immaculata

from press release

IMMACULATA, Pa. -- Immaculata University Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia Canterino has announced Christian Zwickert as the Mighty Macs' next head men's lacrosse coach as well as Coordinator of Intramurals and Fitness Center.

"I feel fortunate to have someone as experienced as Christian leading our men's lacrosse program," Canterino said. "He will be a great asset for Immaculata University and I look forward to the future of Immaculata Lacrosse under his leadership."

Zwickert, who becomes the program's third head coach, brings nine years of collegiate coaching experience to Immaculata, including five at the head coaching level. Zwickert most recently served as the head men's lacrosse coach at Wesley College in Dover, Del., from 2004-08.

"I am excited and honored to be named the program's first full-time head coach," Zwickert stated. "There is an incredible level of support for athletics here at Immaculata University. I look forward to helping this relatively young program and its student-athletes continue to reach levels of success on and off the field."

Zwickert inherits a men's lacrosse program that has grown each season since its inception in 2007. The Mighty Macs are coming off their most successful campaign to date, winning a program-best nine games and qualifying for the Colonial States Athletic Conference playoffs for the first time.

While at Wesley, Zwickert served as both the head lacrosse coach and Director of Intramurals. He authored a 42-34 (.553) record and four-straight winning seasons during his five-year tenure while qualifying for the conference tournament all five years. He was named the 2004 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Coach of the Year in his first campaign with the Wolverines. Zwickert also served as the PAC and Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) representative for the USILA Division III Coaches Poll from 2005 through 2008. He also served on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee for Division III for three years.

Zwickert directed and organized all aspects of Wesley's intramural program, including marketing, implementation and evaluation of programs offered, formation of teams, development of guidelines and schedules and supervision of work-study employees. Zwickert also held positions in intramurals and fitness at both Providence College and Franklin & Marshall College.

Zwickert began his collegiate coaching career in 1999 as the assistant coach at Providence College. While with the Friars, he served as both the offensive coordinator and goalkeeping coach. He also was involved in recruiting, fundraising and working with student-athletes in their academic progress.

Following his days at Providence, Zwickert was the head lacrosse coach at Salesianum High School in Wilmington, Del., in 2000. He returned to the college ranks in 2001 as an assistant coach at Dartmouth College, where he handled various coaching duties.

In 2002, Zwickert moved to Franklin & Marshall College where he served as an assistant coach and the offensive and recruiting coordinator. The Diplomats finished as the ECAC South Region champions during his one season. He returned to the Division I level during the 2003 season as the special teams assistant coach at Drexel University.

Zwickert has also coached at the national level as a head coach and assistant general manager for the Polish National Team beginning in 2008. Poland finished 14th at the 2010 World Games in Manchester, England. He also served as the German National Team's head coach in 2001, leading Germany to a perfect 6-0 record and winning the nation's first European Championship in Cardiff, Wales. From 1998-2000, Zwickert was a national team player for Germany as both a midfielder and attackman.

He has held various other positions in the lacrosse community ranging from Vice President of Sales for Onyx Lacrosse to coaching lacrosse as head coach at Salesianum School, The Sanford School and DelCastle Technical and Vocational High School. He is currently the Owner and Director of Silverbacks High School Recruiting Travel Teams, Director of Coaching and Player development for the Silverbacks Youth Lacrosse Program, and is a board member and co-vice president of the Delaware Lacrosse Foundation.

Zwickert is actively involved in the community, serving on the Traumatic Brain Injury Council and on the board of directors for United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware where he is the founder and co-director for Lacrosse for Cerebral Palsy, which is an annual recruiting tournament for Cerebral Palsy awareness and is a fundraiser for United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware's Summer Camp program available to children with all types of disabilities.

Zwickert received his bachelor's degree in Physical Education Studies from the University of Delaware in 1995. He and his wife, Heather, have three children – a daughter Avery and two sons Collin and Cameron.

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