NEWARK, Del.  --  Alec Jernstedt, a former standout player at Towson University who worked the last five years as a coach in Oregon and Maryland, has joined the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse coaching staff as a volunteer assistant.

Jernstedt, who will begin working with the UD team in January, joins a staff that includes veteran head coach Bob Shillinglaw, associate head coach Greg Carroll, and first-year assistant coach Noah Fossner. The Blue Hens resume practice Jan. 6 in preparation for the 2014 season opener Feb. 1 vs. High Point.

Delaware captured consecutive Colonial Athletic Association Tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2011 and will be looking to return to the top of the league standings this spring with the return of eight starters. The Blue Hens will host the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals May 18 at Delaware Stadium (tickets available now at

“Our staff is excited to add Alec to our program,” said Shillinglaw, the dean of NCAA Division I head coaches now in his 36th season at the helm of the Blue Hens. “He brings expertise in several positions and being a former CAA player he understands the competitiveness of the conference. His energy and enthusiasm will be a great addition to our program.”

A native of Wilsonville, Ore., Jernstedt was a three-year letterwinner at Towson and earned his degree in economics and geography with a minor in business in 2012. He was a Dean’s List student at Towson where he also was involved with P.A.W.S (Proud Athletes Who Serve) and with Athletes in Action. He graduated from Wilsonville (Ore.) High School where he was an All-State midfielder while also competing for the football, basketball, and track & field teams.

Originally recruited as an offensive midfielder, he switched to defensive midfielder as a sophomore, played longstick midfield as a junior, and played both positions his final campaign in 2012. Jernstedt played in 32 career games at Towson and helped lead the Tigers to CAA championship game appearances in 2009 and 2010. He recorded 29 groundballs and 11 caused turnovers for his career from his defensive position and also added three goals and an assist.

For the past five years, Jernstedt has served as a youth and club lacrosse coach on both sides of the country. He served as the head coach of the Rhino Lacrosse Club in Portland, Ore. in 2009-12 and has worked as a youth coach and marketing director for the Next Level Lacrosse Club in Bethesda, Md. since December, 2012. He has also volunteered as a coach for FCA Lacrosse at the US Lacrosse Under-15 World Championships at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.

He and his wife, Kelly Cianciotta, a former softball player at Georgetown University, were married in July, 2013.