PHILADELPHIA - No stranger to college coaching or the Ivy League, Chris Wojcik has been hired as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at the University of Pennsylvania. The announcement was made recently by Penn’s head coach, Brian Voelker.
“We are super excited to get someone with Chris’s experience and knowledge of the Ivy League,” said Voelker, who recently completed his sixth season with the Quakers. “He is a hard worker, will do a great job recruiting, and will be involved in all aspects of our program.”
Last year, Wojcik was an assistant coach at Bowdoin College, a Division III institution and member of the powerful New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). His impact was immediate, as the Polar Bears made their first NCAA Tournament appearance, and won a first-round game over Mount Ida College before losing in the second round to NESCAC rival Middlebury. Bowdoin was ranked ninth in the NESCAC prior to the season, but advanced to the conference championship game for the first time in program history. Bowdoin finished the season with a 12-7 record and ranked 20th in the USILA national coaches’ poll.
Prior to last season, Wojcik spent six years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Harvard, under former head coach Scott Anderson. As the program’s offensive coordinator in 2006,Wojcik oversaw an offense that helped the Crimson earn an NCAA Championship berth (its first since 1996). Wojcik also served as a the program’s recruiting coordinator from 2005-07, helping the Crimson bring in several highly regarded classes.
Wojcik was a two-sport standout as an undergraduate at Harvard, earning All-Ivy honors in both lacrosse and soccer. He earned All-America honors and was the captain of Harvard's NCAA tournament team of 1996, when he led the Crimson to a 15-12 win over Hofstra in the first round before they fell to Virginia in the quarterfinals. With 134 career points (89 goals, 45 assists), Wojcik ranks 15th among Harvard lacrosse's all-time scorers.
Wojcik was also the captain of the soccer team, twice earning All-Ivy honors and helping the team to a 16-2-0 record, Ivy League title, and NCAA tournament berth as a senior. Wojcik was the 1995-96 winner of Harvard's Bingham Award, given to the top male athlete in the graduating senior class.
In addition to his degree from Harvard in economics, Wojcik completed his Masters of Education in Secondary Education/Social Studies in 2007.