The Wilmington University athletics department has named Christian Zwickert as the men's lacrosse program's first head coach in January, 2017. The program began play in the fall of 2017 with its first season of NCAA competition starting in the spring, 2018.
In his first season at Wilmington, Zwickert led the Wildcats to a CACC Tournament berth, finishing fourth in the CACC Regular Season. The Wildcats finished 4-9 overall, going 2-3 in conference play. He coached five players to All-CACC performances in the program's first year, including one on the First Team and four on the Second Team.
Zwickert brings 11 years of collegiate coaching experience to Wilmington, including seven at the head coaching level. After two years at the helm of Immaculata University from 2011-12, Zwickert focused his attention to his Delaware Lacrosse Academy and the Delaware Silverbacks Lacrosse Club in which he has been the owner, director, and a head coach since 2006.
In his two seasons at Immaculata, Zwickert coached 11 players to All-Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) honors, including a program record six players in 2011. He led the Mighty Macs to the 2011 CSAC Tournament Semifinals as the number four seed.
Prior to Immaculata, Zwickert served as the head lacrosse coach at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, from 2004-08. He authored a 42-34 (.553) record and four-straight winning seasons during his five years. He was named the 2004 PAC Coach of the Year in his first season with the Wolverines.
Zwickert also has experience at the national level, creating, coaching, and managing the Polish National Lacrosse Team in 2008 in preparation for the 2010 World Games in Manchester, England. He coached the team to a 5-3 record and a 14th place finish at the 2010 World Games in the program’s first event.
He also served as the German National Team’s head coach in 2001, leading Germany to a perfect 6-0 record and winning the nation’s first European Championship in Cardiff, Wales. Zwickert played on the German national team prior to coaching, playing as both a midfielder and attacker from 1998 to 2000.
Zwickert earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education studies from the University of Delaware in 1995. He was a two-time Blue Hen Lacrosse Club team MVP as well as a three-time captain. He was the club’s vice president in 1994.