Matt Madalon and Brad Conlon, a pair of former goalies, will be joining the completely rebuilt Princeton men’s lacrosse staff, head coach Chris Bates announced today.
In an unprecedented situation for the program, Bates was faced with the task of replacing all three of his assistant coaches from a year ago. John Walker became defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator two weeks ago, replacing Greg Raymond, who became the head coach at Hobart.
“It's certainly new, but we are thrilled to add these three great additions to our program,” Bates says. “They are all proven winners and bring very unique skill sets and experiences to our team. We are very excited for the 2014 season and beyond.”
Matt Madalon spent the last seven seasons on the staff at Stevens, including the last three as associate head coach. Madalon helped the Ducks to the Division III Top 10 and NCAA tournament each of those three seasons, ending a five-year drought with no NCAA appearances.
Madalon served as the offensive coordinator and goalie coach for Stevens, whose teams have averaged 17.6 goals, 14.7 goals and 14.3 goals per game the last three seasons. He also was the recruiting coordinator, and his other administrative responsibilities included working with the admissions office, coordinating team travel, fundraising and academic oversight.
He was honored by the IMLCA as the 2012 Division III Assistant Coach of the Year, and he also earned a master’s degree in management from Stevens.
"I am extremely excited to join the Princeton athletics family," Madalon says. "This is an excellent opportunity, and I am looking forward to working with an outstanding staff and a great group of players while continuing to build upon the great tradition and success that is Princeton lacrosse."
Madalon was a two-time Division III All-America at Roanoke College, where he earned a degree in history with a minor in education. He was the 2005 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year and two-time first-team All-ODAC selection, and he led Roanoke to the 2006 Division III Final Four.
Madalon played in Major League Lacrosse for the San Francisco Dragons and Long Island Lizards. He spent a year at Hampton-Sydney in his first college coaching role.
“Matt Madalon is a very well respected coach,” Bates says. “His energy and passion for the game are contagious, and we are excited to bring him on board. Matt has a very solid coaching background, and he will help us all over the field. He will specifically work with our face-off and man-up units, but he will bring great experience to every facet of the game. “
Brad Conlon comes to Princeton after spending three years at Division II Pfeiffer, most recently as the interim head coach. During the last three seasons, he was the team’s defensive coordinator and goalie coach as well.
Pfeiffer went 36-16 in those three years, including 13-4 this past year, and finished runner-up in the Carolinas Conference to Division II power Limestone each of the three seasons.
Pfeiffer produced 14 first-team and seven second-team all-league selections in his three years with the program, and Pfeiffer players combined to earn eight league positional Player of the Year honors.
"It's an honor to have the opportunity to serve under Coach Bates and for a program with such a great tradition,” Conlon says. “I am excited to help build on the success of last year and reach our goals for the 2013-14 season."
Prior to working at Pfieffer, Conlon was an assistant coach Division III power Rochester Institute of Technology for two seasons.
Conlon is a 2009 RIT graduate with a bachelor’s in international business marketing. He also earned an MBA from Pfeiffer.
“I think Brad is going to help our Tiger program a great deal this year," Bates says. "He has five years of varied experience that will add distinct value to Princeton Lacrosse. As a former goalie, Brad was a successful player between the pipes and he will bring his specific knowledge of the goalie position to help our guys to the next level. He will also work with Coach Walker on the defensive end of the field. We are excited to have him on staff.
In addition the changes to the Princeton staff, former Tiger captain Jeremy Hirsch has joined Raymond’s staff at Hobart.