Greg Carroll begins his 15th year as head coach Bob Shillinglaw's top assistant with the University of Delaware men's lacrosse staff in 2014. He was promoted to the position of associate head coach on Dec. 6, 2005 and will begin his ninth season in that role this season.
"Greg has given tremendous contributions to the Delaware men's lacrosse program," said Shillinglaw. "He coaches with tremendous passion and enthusiasm and has great rapport with the players. He has been a tremendous asset as a recruiter along with all aspects of the program, especially coaching the defensive end of the field. His contributions will continue to assist our goal of being one of the top teams in Division I."
Carroll, who serves as Delaware's defensive coordinator, has played a key role in helping the Blue Hens rank among the nation's top programs during his tenure. Delaware has captured three Colonial Athletic Association Tournament titles in the last seven years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times in the last nine campaigns. During his 14 years as an assistant, the Blue Hens have recorded 10 or more wins seven times.
He helped guide the Blue Hens to the finest season in school history in 2007. The Blue Hens went 13-6 overall, captured the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title, and advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in school history.
Delaware stormed past defending national champion and No. 2 seed Virginia by a 14-8 score in the first round, defeated No. 13 ranked UMBC 10-6 in the quarterfinals at Navy, and trailed eventual national champion Johns Hopkins 3-2 late in the third quarter before falling to the Blue Jays 8-3 in the national semifinals before a record crowd of 52,004 fans at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium.
The Blue Hens put together back-to-back memorable seasons in 2010-11, rallying late in the season to capture the CAA Tournament title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament where they dropped one-goal decisions to nationally-ranked Atlantic Coast Conference teams each year.
In 2011, Delaware posted a record of 11-7, capturing the CAA Tournament title with a pair of road playoff wins over No. 8 Hofstra (10-9) in the semifinals and over No. 19 Massachusetts (9-7) in the title game. The Blue Hens drew defending national champion and No. 6 ranked Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and gave the Blue Devils all they could handle before a comeback fell just short in a 15-14 setback in Durham, N.C. The Hens were ranked No. 14 in the final USILA regular season poll.
During the 2010 campaign, Delaware won its final three regular season games to earn a spot in the CAA Tournament and proceeded to defeat No. 12 Drexel 10-6 in the semifinals and top-seed Towson 12-9 in the championship game. The win vaulted the Blue Hens into the NCAA Tournament where Delaware gave No. 4 seed North Carolina all it could handle before falling 14-13 in a class back-and-forth battle with the Tar Heels. The Hens, led by CAA Player of the Year and Tewaaraton Award finalist Curtis Dickson, finished with a No. 12 final USILA national ranking.
Carroll led Delaware to an 11-6 mark in 2005 when the Blue Hens captured the Colonial Athletic Association regular season crown and advanced to the CAA Tournament championship game before falling to Towson 9-8 in the title game. The Blue Hens were one of only four teams in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse to win at least 10 games each of those four seasons (2004-07). Despite the championship game setback, the nationally-ranked Blue Hens earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament and traveled to No. 5 seed Navy where they suffered a hard-fought 9-7 setback.
Delaware posted a 10-6 mark in 2000 when the Blue Hens tied for the America East regular season title and advanced to the tournament championship game. In 2004, the Hens posted a mark of 10-6 and fell to Villanova in the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals. In 2006, the Hens went 12-5 and again advanced to the CAA title game before falling to No. 2 ranked Hofstra. During the 2008 season, the Hens went 9-7 and advanced to the CAA semifinals.
A native of Long Island, NY, Carroll, 38, was a standout player at Harborfields High School and moved on to a four-year career at Loyola under then head coach Dave Cottle.
While with the Greyhounds, Carroll played four varsity seasons, appearing in 40 career games and leading nationally-rand Loyola to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
After finishing his playing career in 1997, Carroll began his coaching career in 1998 at Severn Prep High School in Severna Park, Md. while finishing his undergraduate studies at Loyola. He moved on to the college ranks where he served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division III Washington & Lee College in Lexington, Va.
While at Washington & Lee in 1999, he helped lead the Generals to a record of 13-2 and a berth in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Generals won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference title with a 6-0 mark and led the nation in scoring defense at 5.2 goals allowed per game. Washington & Lee ended the season ranked No. 2 in the USILA poll.