3d Lacrosse Adds Longtime Division I Coach Chris Doctor as Director of 3d Tri-State
FAIRFIELD, Conn. — 3d Lacrosse, the nation’s leading lacrosse services provider, has named longtime Division I coach Chris Doctor a Director of 3d Tri-State.
Doctor, who spent the last seven years as an assistant coach at Penn State University, will immediately begin overseeing all aspects of operations in 3d Tri-State, a region that serves the New York Metropolitan area and parts of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
He will work directly with current 3d Tri-State Director Casey Martin in enhancing and growing 3d’s offering of box-field hybrid training, Select teams, leagues, clinics and other player development opportunities in the Tri-State Region.
“I’m looking forward to a new chapter in my coaching career and am excited to join the 3d Lacrosse family,” said Doctor, who hails from Skaneateles in New York’s Finger Lakes Region.
As an assistant at Penn State, Doctor led the face-off unit and goaltending corps, as well as running the extra-man offense. He helped the Nittany Lions to Colonial Athletic Association tournament appearances in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and to Big Ten Conference Tournament showings in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2013 and 2017, Doctor helped lead Penn State to the NCAA tournament.
In his time working under head coach Jeff Tambroni, the Nittany Lions amassed a record of 60-44.
“This is really a great addition for us,” said Martin, who also hails from Central New York. “Chris’s presence is going to be a big boost in Tri-State, especially his knowledge and his enthusiasm to teach the game of lacrosse. He really strengthens our team here and I’m thrilled to work with him.”
Before his time at Penn State, Doctor was an assistant coach at Lafayette College, where he was the offensive coordinator for the Division I Leopards from 2008 to 2010. In 2009, he helped Lafayette reach the Patriot League tournament for the first time in school history.
“I’m excited to use what I’ve learned in the college game and through my other lacrosse experiences to raise an already-high coaching standard in 3d Tri-State and throughout the 3d network,” Doctor said.
Owning experience on the world stage from trips to recent Federation of International Lacrosse tournaments, Doctor was a coach for the Iroquois Nationals men’s team in 2014 and then a staff member for the U-19 Iroquois Nationals squad in 2016. Both of those teams won bronze medals as the Iroquois Nationals fielded two of their strongest teams in the history of either the men’s or U-19 programs.
“I’ve seen the game taught a lot of different ways with unique philosophies in a variety of settings,” Doctor said.
“The more I learn, the more I’ve been impressed with 3d’s approach to coaching the game and developing players through hybrid training and sticking to a proven system. There’s a strong culture at 3d of sharing coaching knowledge and the passion everyone has for lacrosse is contagious. The coaches put a lot of thought into the game, they respect it and work to collectively teach it in an impactful way.”
Immersed in the game since he was a young child, Doctor brings a great legacy of lacrosse to the 3d staff. He was a standout at Skaneateles High School while being coached by his father, Ron, who has led the program since 1982 and is one of the scholastic game’s all-time greatest coaches with nearly 500 career wins.
After playing for his father, Doctor went on to become a four-year starter in college for the Scarlet Knights running both attack and midfield from 2004 to 2007. As a junior and a senior, he led Rutgers in assists and was honored with the team’s Alfred Sasser Award.
“Chris comes to 3d Lacrosse with one of the most impressive resumes of any coach we’ve had on our staff,” said 3d Lacrosse CEO Greg Waldbaum.
“He brings a wealth of knowledge not only in terms of the Xs and Os of the game, but also the ins and outs of college recruiting and understanding what players must do to prepare for and compete at the next level. Additionally, he comes from a family that has been involved in the game for years and has unmatched experience working with people from all walks of life in our sport.”
The Doctors are considered one of the great lacrosse families of Central New York and from the Iroquois community. Doctor’s father is Mohawk and hails from Onondaga Nation; he was an All-American at Syracuse University in 1971. His uncle Laverne also starred at Syracuse, where he was a two-time captain and All-American in the late 1960s.
Doctor’s brothers – Vince and Kyle – played college lacrosse at the Division I level at West Point and Cornell, respectively.
Waldbaum pointed out that Doctor’s hire comes amidst a flurry of key additions at 3d Lacrosse.
“We’re really pleased that 3d Lacrosse continues to attract incredibly high quality coaches and people,” Waldbaum said.
“Chris’ roots in Upstate New York and throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will also help 3d Lacrosse as we continue to bring our training and development services to more families and players. I truly believe that his energy and enthusiasm to teach and grow the game that he loves will have a tremendous impact in Tri-State and beyond.”
For all the many talented lacrosse players that have come out of the Tri-State Region, Doctor believes there’s a large population of players who could greatly benefit from high-level instruction and coaching.
“In this area specifically, there are a lot of untapped opportunities to bring great coaching to players and families who are looking for it and many of them are just getting into the sport,” Doctor said.
“3d’s network and infrastructure, as well as our resources, put us in a great position to make a big impact in one of the most concentrated areas of the country. I’m looking forward to joining a great team and diving in right away.”
Chris recently relocated to Connecticut with his wife, Lauren, and their two children, Alexander and Natalie.
To learn more about 3d Tri-State and 3d Lacrosse’s offerings in the region, visit 3dlacrosse.com/training/find-your-market/tri-state.
About 3d Lacrosse
3d Lacrosse is the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse services company, offering innovative training, premier events, select travel teams, showcases and leagues for boys and girls ages six through 18 at all levels of organized competition. Founded in 2009, the Company trains more than 35,000 athletes annually using its proprietary Box-Field Hybrid™ Development System that combines the tight stick-handling and ball control of box lacrosse with the team-based field strategies used in Division I college programs. In addition to lacrosse-specific training, professional coaches help players develop lifelong skills, including dedication, teamwork and critical thinking under pressure. Based in Denver, 3d Lacrosse also has offices in Annapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Rochester, San Diego and San Francisco. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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