Noah Fossner, one of the top goalkeepers in University of Delaware men’s lacrosse history, returned to his alma mater in September, 2013 to serve as assistant coach.
Fossner, a native of Niskayuna, N.Y. (Niskayuna HS), came to Delaware after serving as an assistant coach at Rutgers University in 2012-13.
Fossner coaches the Delaware goalkeepers and joins a staff that also includes veteran head coach Bob Shillinglaw and associate head coach Byron Collins.
During Fossner's first season with the Hens in 2014, he was instrumental in leading a solid defense that featured goalkeeper Conor Peaks, who ranked among the Colonial Athletic Association leaders in goals against average and save percentage.
“We are extremely excited to add Noah to our staff,” said Shillinglaw. “He is one of the outstanding young college coaches in NCAA Division I lacrosse and we are very fortunate to have him return to the University of Delaware. Noah has great work ethic, energy, and leaderships skills. His passion for the game of lacrosse and for the University of Delaware will be a tremendous asset to our program.”
Fossner, a 2011 health and physical education graduate of Delaware, was a four-year letterwinner for the Blue Hens in 2008-11 and remains one of the few players in school history to serve as team captain three times, serving in the role in 2009-11.
"I can't thank Coach Shillinglaw and the University enough for giving me the opportunity to return to UD and coach at an outstanding institution and athletic program,” said Fossner. “My time as a student-athlete in the men's lacrosse program helped shape me both as a person and a player, and I feel very fortunate to have the chance to return to my alma mater and give back. I am excited to compete in the challenging CAA conference and begin working with our student athletes."
Fossner led the Blue Hens to Colonial Athletic Association Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in both 2010 and 2011 as the team’s starting goalkeeper. He earned second team All-CAA honors as a junior in 2010 and was named to the CAA All-Tournament team in both 2010 and 2011, earning tournament Most Valuable Player honors as a senior in 2011.
He also earned the team’s Alumni Association Most Valuable Player Award and the team’s UD Sportsmanship Award as a senior when he also competed in the annual USILA North-South Senior All-Star Game and was selected as the game’s Most Valuable Player.
As a three-year starter, Fossner played in 51 career games, logging 3,003 minutes, posting 552 saves, and allowing 483 goals. He set a school record for minutes played with 1,063 in 2011 and ranks No. 2 all-time at Delaware in career minutes played (3,003), No. 3 in career goals against average (9.65), and No. 6 in career saves (552).
He also ranks among the all-time UD leaders with a .533 save percentage mark. He was the model of consistency, turning back 184 shots as a sophomore in 2009, 187 as a junior in 2010, and 179 as a senior in 179.