ROME, Ga. -- Curtis Gilbert has been hired as the head men's lacrosse coach at Berry College.
Gilbert arrives from New England College in Henniker, N.H. In 2013, he led the Pilgrims to a record of 10-7 and a runnerup finish in the North Atlantic Conference. In 2012, he led NEC to a berth into the NCAA DIII Men's Lacrosse Tournament after winning the program's first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship.
In the two years that NEC was in the NAC, Gilbert has produced 10 First team and 6 six second team all-conference players, as well as four All-Academic student-athlete selections. Over his seven seasons at NEC Gilbert has an overall coaching record of 59-49--and a conference record of 37-19.
"Coach Gilbert has had proven success as an NCAA Division III head coach and we are delighted to have him join our team," said Dr. Tom Hart, Berry's athletic director. "Every program he has been a part of over the last 12 years has reached its conference champion game. But more importantly, he fits Berry College's mission of serving the Head, Heart, and Hands. He is excited to get here and lead young men to be successful on the field, in the classroom and as citizens of the Berry College and Rome communities."
During the 2011 season, Gilbert led the Pilgrims to an impressive 13-6 overall record, including a 9-0 record at home, and an appearance in The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Semifinals.
In 2010 the Pilgrims boasted an overall record of 10-9 and an appearance in the TCCC Championship game for the first time since 2002. In 2009 the Pilgrims earned a trip to the ECAC New England Championship game. Gilbert's teams played in four conference championship games in the past six years at New England College, a program which produced two All-Americans in the last 3 years--the first in NEC's history.
Coach Gilbert has placed ten players on the TCCC All-Conference team and four of his athletes have been named ECAC New England All-Stars. In addition, Gilbert has coached and developed the TCCC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Matt Vozzolo, and TCCC Offensive Player of the Year, John Gabriel.
Vozzolo earned USILA Scholar All-American accolades and was chosen to play in the USILA North-South game. Gabriel was named a USILA All-American. Most recently, Gilbert coached and developed the 2013 national leading goal scorer, Brian Gillis, who was also selected as both a USILA Scholar All-American, All-American, and played in the North-South game.
Prior to New England College, Gilbert was an assistant lacrosse coach at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. While at Denison, Gilbert helped lead the Big Red to an impressive 20 wins, two NCAC Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Before Denison, Gilbert had stints as an assistant lacrosse coach at Washington College and Whittier College. Over two seasons at Washington College Gilbert led the Shoremen to a record of 28-8, a school-record 15-game winning streak, and an NCAA Semifinal appearance. At Whittier, he helped the Poets to a record of 21-3 and two national tournament appearances--including one NCAA quarterfinal and a semifinal appearance.
Gilbert is a graduate of Washington College, where he was a four-year member of the men's lacrosse team. While at WC, Gilbert was a member of the 1998 NCAA Division III championship team and garnered all-conference accolades.
In addition to coaching lacrosse, Gilbert serves on various committees including the USILA Top 20 poll and All-American Committee. He recently graduated with a master's degree in management and strategic leadership from NEC.
"I would formally like to thank everyone at Berry College for this opportunity," said Gilbert. "With my experiences as a student-athlete, an assistant coach, and a head coach in the NCAA Division III and the liberal arts setting, I couldn't be more excited. I look forward to leading the first graduating men's lacrosse class at Berry College into unchartered territory."
Gilbert becomes the second men's lacrosse coach at Berry College. He replaced Chris Delfausse, who started the program in 2010. In his tenure, his teams compiled a 24-23 record.
"Having met with the upperclassmen, it's obvious that Coach Delfausse did an exceptional job in recruiting men of character and strong moral integrity. He laid the foundation for what is expected of a Berry College student-athlete and I would like to thank him for his efforts."
TRANSACTION -- Berry named Curtis Gilbert head men's lacrosse coach.