In just his fifth season at the helm of the program, Shawn Nadelen led the Towson men's lacrosse team to its third Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) crown since 2012, winning the Tigers' CAA-record sixth during the 2016 season. Now in his sixth year guiding the Tigers, Nadelen looks to continue to fill up the win column and trophy case at Towson.
Since Nadelen took over the program, Towson has amassed an overall record of 53-32 (.624). During the 2016 CAA Tournament, Nadelen collected the 50th win of his tenure, besting rival Drexel 10-6 in the semifinals. He became the fastest coach to win 50 Division I games at Towson and is the second-fastest to the mark including the program's Division II days.
For his efforts in guiding the Tigers to the 2016 CAA Regular Season title and the right to host the CAA Tournament, Nadelen was voted by his league peers as the 2016 CAA Coach of the Year, becoming just the second coach in the program's history to be named CAA Coach of the Year. Nadelen also saw then-junior Ryna Drenner voted as the program's second-ever CAA Co-Player of the Year, while Drenner's classmate, Jack Adams, was named USILA Third-Team All-America.
After earning the program's sixth berth to the NCAA Tournament as the CAA champion, the Tigers knocked off defending national champion and second-ranked Denver in the first round with a thrilling 10-9 win in the Mile High City. That victory set a new single-season program record as Towson won its 16th game. During that same season, Towson won a program-record 11 games from the friendly confines of Johnny Unitas Stadium.’s lacrosse team continues to grow under the leadership of Shawn Nadelen. Despite losing an All-American goalkeeper, he led the Tigers to their second straight winning season in 2014, something that has not been done since 2006 and 2007.