Chris Berkelbach enters his sixth season as head coach of the Owls and has led the program to some of its most successful campaigns. The highlight was the 2015 NCLL Division II championship, followed by national tournament appearances the past two springs in Division I. Berkelbach has a career record of 66-21 and also has experience as coach of the Southshore Lacrosse Club from 2009-14.
Joining Berkelbach’s staff are four assistants, three of which are newcomers.
Leading the offense will be Coach Ryan Winters. Coach Winters served as the head coach for the Gators from 2007-2015 compiling a 68-57 record competing in the MCLA Div. I SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC). Over those 9 years, he led Florida to 7 postseason appearances as well as 3 MCLA National Tournament appearances (2007, 2008, 2010). He also led the Gators to winning the SELC Conference Championship in 2010. Coach Winters was a high school graduate of Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA before attending the University of Florida where he was a member of the lacrosse team for 4 years. He stepped down as Florida coach in 2015 to move back to Philadelphia and take over his family business of 50 years.
The defensive coordinator duties will be filled by Alex Wenzel. Wenzel played collegiately at South Carolina, where he was named SELC Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-American as a close defender in 2018. Wenzel was critical in helping the Gamecocks advance to the national quarterfinals his senior year.
Collin Mitchell, a four-year standout for Central Michigan, joins the staff and will help with goalies and the offense. Mitchell finished his career with the Chippewas with 133 career points and three all-conference selections.
Please join us in welcoming Coaches Winters, Wenzel and Mitchell to the Temple men's lacrosse family!