University of Notre Dame Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan has announced the hiring of Chris Wojcik as an assistant coach. Wojcik will serve as the offensive coordinator for the Irish.
“I’m thrilled to add proven coach like Chris Wojcik to our staff,” said Corrigan. “It’s always a win when you get a coach with great talent and experience who shares the same values as our program.”
Wojcik comes to the Irish after leading the Harvard men’s lacrosse program as the head coach for the last nine seasons.
During his time at the helm of the Crimson, Wojcik directed Harvard to a 65-65 overall record, including a pair of 10-win campaigns and 15 wins against ranked opponents. Six individuals collected a total of nine USILA All-America accolades, while 41 were named All-Ivy League.
“I’m excited to join an outstanding program at an outstanding university,” said Wojcik. “Thank you to Coach Corrigan for the opportunity to join the men’s lacrosse program. Notre Dame men’s lacrosse is synonymous with an exceptional student/athlete experience, and I am aligned with the values of the program. I’m eager to begin developing relationships with our student/athletes and starting our journey together.”
Wojcik’s most successful season with the Crimson came during the 2014 season, as Harvard won the program’s first Ivy League championship in 24 years with a league record of 5-1. The feat helped earn Harvard an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament, its first since 2006 and sixth overall, while elevating the Crimson to a ranking of 11th in the nation.
Harvard finished the 2014 campaign with a 10-7 overall record, an impressive 7-1 mark in Cambridge, four wins over ranked opponents and seven selections to the All-Ivy League teams, the second most in program history. Wojcik was tabbed as the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year.
In his first season on the Harvard sideline, Wojcik guided the Crimson to a 10-6 overall record, marking the most wins for the program since 1998. Harvard, which earned a spot in the Ivy League tournament final, finished tied for third in the Ancient Eight with a 3-3 mark and earned four all-conference selections.
During the 2012 campaign, Wojcik led Harvard to as high as a No. 14 national ranking, and the Crimson began Ivy League play 2-0 for the first time since 1998. Harvard finished the season 5-2 at home and saw three players earn All-Ivy honors, most notably Jeff Cohen and Kevin Vaughan who were tabbed to the All-Ancient Eight first team.
Wojcik, who was an All-American in lacrosse and All-Ivy League selection in soccer for the Crimson before serving as an assistant coach, returned to Cambridge after a two-year stint as the top assistant coach at Penn from 2009-10. In addition to serving as offensive coordinator with the Quakers, Wojcik worked as the team’s recruiting coordinator and was able to recruit an outstanding class that included two Under Armour All-Americans.
During the 2010 season, Wojcik helped Penn earn five All-Ivy League selections, the most for the program since 2004. The Quakers averaged 10.2 goals per game, the highest average at Penn in 10 years, and the team’s extra-man offense ranked first in the Ivy League and third in the nation at 53 percent.
Prior to his stint at Penn, Wojcik was the offensive coordinator at Bowdoin College in 2008, aiding in the Polar Bears’ run to their first NCAA tournament appearance, finishing the season ranked No. 20 nationally and 12-7 overall. Bowdoin’s attack ranked first in the New England Small College Athletic Conference that spring.
Previously, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach in Cambridge under former head coach Scott Anderson. As the program’s offensive coordinator in 2006, Wojcik oversaw a unit that helped the Crimson earn its first NCAA Championship berth since 1996. Wojcik also spent three years as the team’s recruiting coordinator from 2005-07 and was the offensive coordinator from 2006-07.
As a two-sport standout with the Crimson, Wojcik earned lacrosse All-America honors in 1996, captaining Harvard to the NCAA tournament. He led the Crimson to a 15-12 victory against Hofstra in the first round of the tournament before the team fell to Virginia in the national quarterfinals. He completed his career with 134 points on 89 goals and 45 assists, placing him first among midfielders and 15th overall on the program’s all-time scoring list.
In addition to his honors on the lacrosse field, Wojcik served as captain of the Harvard soccer team, earning two All-Ivy League honors and leading the team to an Ivy League title and an NCAA tournament appearance in the fall of 1994. Prior to graduation, Wojcik was named the winner of Harvard’s Bingham Award, presented to the top male student-athlete in the senior class.
In 2008, Wojcik was a featured speaker at the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association convention in 2008 for developing offensive personnel and in 2009 for shooting. A member of the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Westfield (N.J.) High School Athletics Hall of Fame, Wojcik graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He also earned a master’s of education in secondary education/social studies from Boston College in 2007.
Wojcik and his wife, Kathryn, have four children, Jack, Clare, Emily and Grace.