Cromwell Returns to Rugters as Assistant Coach
from press release
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers men's lacrosse has hired the all-time leading scorer in program history as an assistant coach. Keith Cromwell will take over the offensive coordinator duties, head coach Brian Brecht announced Wednesday.
"I am very excited to have Keith come back to Rutgers as a member of our staff," said Brecht. "I have known Keith for over 10 years and he is one of the best players in program history who will certainly be a great fit for us here at Rutgers."
Cromwell played at Rutgers from 1998 to 2001, amassing some of the best numbers in the over 100 year history of Rutgers lacrosse. He ranks first all-time in points (266) and goals (152), while sitting at number three in assists (114). The Hicksville, N.Y., native was a three-time USILA Lacrosse All-American and two-time team captain while playing for the Scarlet Knights. Cromwell also earned the Coursen Award (Best Athlete) from the Rutgers athletic department in 2001.
After graduating with a degree in Labor Relations, Cromwell entered Major League Lacrosse (MLL) with the Long Island Lizards, winning "Rookie of the Year" in 2001, and the National Lacrosse League (NLL) with the Philadelphia Wings. He also started his coaching career at Yale, working as the recruiting coordinator and assisting with the offense for one year in New Haven.
Additionally, Cromwell has worked as a teacher, earning a master's degree in Childhood Education from Long Island University in 2007.
He most recently coached at Manhasset High School in Manhasset, N.Y. as the assistant varsity coach. Cromwell was responsible for on field instruction as well serving as the team administrator, in charge of providing team apparel and equipment.
Now back at Rutgers, Coach Brecht believes his credentials and experience as a player, coach and alum will help the team on and off the playing field.
"Keith loves Rutgers lacrosse and enjoyed his experience here at RU," said Brecht. "Not only was he one of the best players to put on a Rutgers uniform, he also was a great ambassador of Rutgers University off the field. He will have a great feel for the students and what they go through day-to-day with the academic rigors of Rutgers University, as well as being a Division I student-athlete. I am looking forward to him joining our staff."
Cromwell will be in charge of developing the offensive personnel as well as assisting with the day-to-day operations of a BIG EAST program under Brecht.
"Keith is very energetic and passionate about what he does," said Brecht. "I think that his addition is going to be great for our program in developing the players confidence and skill level as we move forward and look to raise the bar in the BIG EAST Conference as well as nationally."
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