|The Covenant School is pleased to announce our next Program Director & Head Coach of our Varsity Boys Lacrosse program, Chris Gilbert (’01). Gilbert has been part of the Covenant lacrosse program over the last six years as an assistant coach. Gilbert replaces Clay Tharrington who was the coach for two years. In addition to being an alumnus, Chris is also a Covenant parent, with three of his four children currently attending the Lower School.
“With Chris’ current commitment to the program, his longstanding and meaningful connections to Covenant as a former alum, student-athlete, and now parent—not to mention his deep love for God, his family, and lacrosse—we believe we have found a true winner in Chris. I was deeply impressed with his goals and strategies that he wants to implement for the program and how he clearly sees this opportunity as a long-term one that will take passion, perseverance, and patience to build. I have no doubt he will pursue all these goals in such a way that will bring the excitement and excellence that our Boys Lacrosse program has had over its history,” says Athletic Director Clark Walker.
Gilbert played with Covenant School’s very first lacrosse team under former coach Dave Breslin. As starting goalie (1998-01), he led the team to four straight conference titles, both as a captain and all-conference player. He went on to start all four years at Messiah College, leading the team to a Conference title as well. Gilber was named Goalie of Year and received all-Conference and All-American awards, as well as being named to the Conference’s all-Century team.
“It is a joy to be a part of the Covenant lacrosse program again. I am excited to coach the young men at Covenant because through the game of lacrosse my coaches challenged, shaped, and mentored me in ways that brought me to who I am today. Through commitment to excellence on and off the field, I grew in character, discipline and faith – all of which I am excited to pass down to the team,” says Gilbert.
Chris and his wife, Elizabeth, have their own health and wellness business and have lived in Charlottesville for the last nine years. He will also be coaching this fall with the Charlottesville Thunder, a local lacrosse club team.
Chris can be reached at email@example.com and will be assisted by Scott Shriver and also will be finalizing his entire staff soon.