Cemented as one of the top coaches in college lacrosse, John Danowski has led the Duke men’s lacrosse team to unprecedented success during his eight-year tenure. Danowski was introduced as Duke’s eighth head men’s lacrosse coach on July 21, 2006 and quickly led the Blue Devils to some of the most successful lacrosse seasons in school history and to three NCAA Championships in five seasons.
In Danowski’s nine years at the helm of the Blue Devils lacrosse program, he has compiled an impressive 151-46 record in leading Duke to seven ACC regular season titles and four ACC tournament titles, eight straight appearances in the national semifinals from 2007-14, four in the NCAA title match and ultimately to the 2010, 2013 and 2014 national titles. The 2014 NCAA crown put Danowski, a winner of 370 career games, among a small group of nine coaches to win three national titles and among eight to capture consecutive crowns. Meanwhile, Duke’s run of eight straight NCAA semifinals rank as the second most of any program since 2000 with Syracuse.
A winner of nearly 80 percent of his games at Duke, the individual awards Blue Devil players have garnered is equally impressive. In 10 seasons, Danowski mentored 61 All-America selections, 31 All-ACC choices, two Tewaaraton Trophy winners, a pair of USILA Attackman of the Year honorees, a USILA Defenseman of the Year, three USILA Midfielder of the Year award recipients and 17 USILA Scholar All-America picks.
While the success on the field is unsurpassed in Duke lacrosse history, the student-athletes excellence in the classroom also is unrivaled. The Blue Devils consistently lead the ACC in All-ACC Academic picks as well as players on the ACC Academic Honor Roll. This past season, Duke had 31 players – nearly 70 percent of the team – achieve a 3.0 grade point average for the entire academic year, while Deemer Class garnered Scholar All-America honors.
Ron Caputo is in his 10th season as a member of the Duke lacrosse coaching staff. One of the great lacrosse minds nationally, Caputo works with the midfield and faceoff specialists.
In his nine seasons with the Blue Devils, Duke has posted a 134-43 record, captured three ACC titles, advanced to the NCAA Semifinals seven times and ultimately won the 2010, 2013 and 2014 national championships. Duke has ranked among the top 11 in scoring offense in each of the past nine campaigns and was among the top six in eight of those, including the No. 4 spot in 2015 and 2016.
The 2015 and 2016 seasons featured the dynamic duo of Myles Jones and Deemer Class at midfield. One season after a record-breaking performance from the 2014 midfield line, the tandem picked up right where they left off in 2014.
Former Duke standout Matt Danowski joined the men’s lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in July 2012. Danowski works with Duke’s attackmen.
Duke’s offense has flourished under Danowski’s guidance, ranking second and third nationally in scoring in 2014 and 2013, respectively. In 2015, following the departure of All-American Jordan Wolf, Duke was fourth nationally in scoring offense at 14.28 goals per game. Duke led the ACC and was fourth again nationally with a 13.50 goals per game average. The Blue Devils have averaged over 13.5 goals per game in each of Danowski’s three seasons.
After becoming a household name in his rookie season, Justin Guterding continued to rewrite the records book with Danowski as a mentor. He led the team in scoring with 71 points to become the first Blue Devil to score 70-plus points in each of his first two seasons. He also became the fastest Blue Devil to 100 career points, reaching the benchmark in 25 games. Guterding’s play earned the attackman his first All-ACC and All-America honors.
Danowski, the NCAA all-time leading scorer and the son of the Duke head coach, joined the staff after a stellar career in which he led the Blue Devils to three NCAA semifinal berths, two national runner-up finishes, two ACC Tournament Championships and a 63-18 overall record. The 2007 consensus National Player of the Year as the recipient of both the Tewaaraton Trophy and the USILA Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award, Danowski finished his career with a NCAA record 353 points from 170 goals and 183 assists.
Former Duke great Ned Crotty joined the men's lacrosse staff in September of 2017 as a volunteer assistant coach. He will be instrumental in helping to lead the Duke offense.
Crotty, the 2010 Tewaaraton Award winner and Duke graduate, has remained active in the sport in playing in Major League Lacrosse and as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team. One of the premier offensive talents in Duke history, Crotty will join Matt Danowski to help lead the Duke offense. They are the lone Tewaaraton Award winners in program history and scored a combined 592 career points.
The New Vernon, N.J., native remains fifth on the Duke career points list with 239 points. He is one point ahead of current attackman Justin Guterding. A three-time USILA All-America pick, and two time first-team All-American at attack, Crotty finished his career with 92 goals and 146 assists for 239 points. His 146 assists are second all-time behind Matt Danowski’s 183.