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Atlantic Elite Director, Dave Cornell enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Connecticut College men´s lacrosse program.


Cornell led Connecticut College to its second NCAA Championship Tournament berth in three years this past spring. The Camels won eight of their last nine regular season contests to qualify for the NESCAC playoffs. 

In 2010, Cornell directed the Camel men's lacrosse program to a 14-3 record that culminated with a home game in the second round of the NCAA Championship. The Camels set a school record with 13 consecutive wins, climbing all the way up to #6 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) National Poll.

At the conclusion of the season, Cornell was honored by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) as Coach of the Year.   

Cornell joined the Camel athletic program after spending the previous two years as the lead defensive assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame.

Under the direction of Fighting Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan, Cornell assisted in all phases of a nationally ranked program that qualified for the 2006 NCAA Championship. While Cornell´s most recent experience is at the Division 1 level, he carries deep ties to Division III intercollegiate lacrosse. Cornell was a two-time All-America selection at Gettysburg College, contributing to three Centennial Conference Championship teams with the Bullets. Gettysburg reached its pinnacle in 1995 with an appearance at the NCAA Final Four.

After graduating, Cornell returned to his alma mater, serving as offensive coordinator for three-seasons and defensive coordinator for one year. The Bullets made four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the national championship game in 2001. In 2001, Cornell was named head coach of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Cornell developed and resurrected program that was reinstated after a 21-year hiatus, setting a program record for victories in 2003 and 2004.

Cornell earned his Bachelor of Arts in business management and entrepreneurship at Gettysburg. He holds a Master´s Degree of Science from McDaniel College in Health and Exercise Science and Athletic Administration.  He lives in Mystic, CT with his wife, daughter, and son.