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Dan Chemotti has continued to enhance Loyola's offensive production since coming to the Evergreen campus and helped guide the Greyhounds to record-setting numbers during their NCAA Championship season in 2012.
The 2013 will be Chemotti's sixth as the Greyhounds offensive coordinator.
A year ago, Loyola boasted one of the most prolific offenses and transition games in the nation thanks to Chemotti's guidance. A versitie and diverse offense saw eight players rack up 10 or more goals, three tally more than 20 and three reach the 50-goal barrier.
Teammates Eric Lusby (54) and Mike Sawyer (52) topped the 50-goal mark, becoming the first set of teammates in Loyola history to reach the plateau. In fact, both broke the former school record of 50 set in 2001 by Tim Goettelmann, the Major League Lacrosse all-time leader in goals.
The offense of which Chemotti was the architect afforded Loyola players the ability to shoot quickly, whether in transition or settled offense, and garner a high volume of shots. Despite the high number of shots, Loyola's shot percentage did not drop. In fact, the Greyhounds' shot percentage rose from .249 in 2011 to .299 during the team's 18-1 run to the NCAA Championship.
Since Chemotti's arrival in 2007, the Greyhounds have advanced to four NCAA Tournaments and won at least a share of three ECAC titles.
Two members of Chemotti's offense, Sawyer and midfielder Davis Butts, earned All-ECAC First Team honors in 2012, and Lusby was named to the Second Team. Sawyer was a USILA Second Team All-American, and Lusby and Butts earned All-America Honroable Mention.
In 2010, a pair of Loyola attackers, Collin Finnerty and Cooper MacDonnell, were named to the All-ECAC First Team, and MacDonnell picked up ECAC Offensive Player of the Year honors and was named All-America Honorable Mention. In addition to those honors, Finnerty, MacDonnell and Matt Langan split ECAC Offensive Player of the Week honors five times, and freshman attacker Patrick Fanshaw earned ECAC Rookie of the Week laurels once.
During the 2009 season, Chemotti's attack produced three players with 30 or more total points - Shane Koppens (41), Cooper MacDonnell (38) and Collin Finnerty (37) - a mark not accomplished by a Loyola trio since 2003.
The Greyhounds led the ECAC in goals per game (10.43), a category they finished 17th in all of NCAA Division I during 2009. Koppens led the conference in points per game (3.42) and finished his Loyola career 12th in the nation in the category.
In 2008, the Greyhounds captured the ECAC title behind an explosive offense that ranked second in goals per game and points per game (13.43), and first in shooting percentage, in the league.
In 2007 the Loyola offense ranked 17th nationally in team offense and finished the season with a .640 assist percentage.
In the three seasons during which Chemotti has guided the Loyola offense, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 19 occasions.
Under Chemotti's direction in 2008, Koppens was named ECAC Offensive Player of the Year after finishing as the league's top scorer. In Chemotti's three years calling the offense, nine offensive players have been awarded with post season All-ECAC honors (four first-team and five second-team).
A 2002 graduate of Duke University, Chemotti led the Blue Devils to back-to-back ACC Championships during his junior and senior seasons.
During his career in Durham, N.C., the Blue Devils reached the NCAA Tournament all four years, advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals three times. He was selected a team captain his senior year, and was awarded the school's Roy Skinner Award for Dedication and Sacrifice.
Following graduation, Chemotti worked as an assistant coach at Dartmouth College from 2002-2004, working primarily with the offense and the face-off men. In 2004, the Big Green's offense ranked third nationally in assist percentage and 15th nationally in team offense, and in 2003, Dartmouth's face-off percentage was good enough to finish ninth in the country.
Chemotti worked as an assistant at St. John's for two seasons, 2004-2006 before coming to Evergreen for the 2006-2007 academic year.
In addition to coaching, Chemotti plays lacrosse professionally as a midfielder for the New Jersey Pride and Washington Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse. He was a member of the Pride from 2003-2008 and the Bayhawks in 2009. Serving as a two-way midfielder for the Pride and Bayhawks, Chemotti has amassed 54 points and 143 ground balls in 69 career games. Chemotti also played one season (2003) in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) for the New Jersey Storm.
Chemotti, a native of Skaneateles, N.Y., played high school lacrosse for West Genesee in Syracuse, where he was named an All-American and the Central New York Player of the Year in his senior campaign. He led the Wildcats to a Class A New York State Championship his senior season and to a runner-up finish his junior season.