Chris Delfausse was named the first ever head men's lacrosse coach at Berry College in June, 2009 and led the Vikings through their inaugural season in 2011.
In the first year of BC lacrosse, Berry went 5-9 and won three of its last four games. In 2012, the Vikings showed improvement by finishing 6-9. The Vikings outscored opponents 151-117 in the program's second year.
“By hiring Chris as our men’s lacrosse coach, we are bringing in someone with a track record of building a winning lacrosse program from the ground up,” said Berry's athletics director, Todd Brooks, when he announced Delfausse's hiring.
Delfausse enjoyed immediate success as head coach at Adrian College in Michigan, leading the Bulldogs to an 8-6 record in 2008, their inaugural season of varsity competition. In the process, his team averaged 13.5 goals per-game to rank 11th nationally in NCAA Div. III.
Delfausse’s crew showed no signs of a sophomore slump in
2009, once again averaging 13.5 goals per-game en route to a second
consecutive 8-6 finish.
“I have been through the process of creating a first-time lacrosse program at a school,” Delfausse said. “At Adrian, we were able to have success early, and that is a trend I hope to continue here at Berry.”
Under Delfausse's leadership, the Vikings have allowed just 8.1
goals each game and produced four shutouts. His NCAA Division III
collegiate teams (Berry and Adrian) have averaged 11.7
During his tenure at Adrian, Delfausse played a key role in the creation of the Midwest Lacrosse Conference. He also served as director of the Nike lacrosse camp held on the Adrian campus.
He currently is director of the Berry Lacrosse Camp and the
founder of Reef Lacrosse, which provides hosts camps and
Earlier in his career, Delfausse was a successful club coach at Wake Forest University and led the Demon Deacons to its only SELC tournament appearance.
Delfausse is a graduate of Connecticut College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental science. He also holds a master's degree from Wake Forest in counseling. As a player, he was a midfielder on the Connecticut College varsity lacrosse team for four years.
He and his wife, Laura, have a son, Paxton, born in July, 2011. They also have a dog, Charlie.