Hempstead, NY – Hofstra University Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Seth Tierney announced today the promotion of assistant coach Kevin Unterstein to associate head coach for the Pride.
“Kevin Unterstein has been an integral member of the Hofstra Lacrosse staff since his return in the fall of 2010,” Tierney said. “Kevin’s many talents, on defense, at midfield and on the special team units, as a student-athlete, have transferred well as a coach. He has a brilliant lacrosse mind, is an outstanding communicator and has a bright future in this profession. Kevin’s promotion is truly deserved.”
Unterstein is entering his fourth season on the Pride staff in 2013-14. During his coaching tenure at Hofstra, he has worked with the defense, the face-off specialists and the man-down unit. In 2011, the Pride led the nation in scoring defense (6.56 gpga) and ranked sixth in face-off winning percentage (.622) and turnover average (13.69). Hofstra was also sixth in man-down percentage (.760) in 2012. Last season, the Pride ranked first in turnovers per game (11.36), third in scoring defense (7.79 gpga) and 28th in man-down defense (.667).
A 2008 graduate of Hofstra with a degree in sociology, Unterstein enjoyed a stellar playing career as a short-stick defensive midfielder from 2005 through 2008. As a senior he recorded a team-leading 70 ground balls while helping to guide the Pride to the Colonial Athletic Association title and the NCAA Tournament. For his efforts, he was an All-CAA first team selection, and was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Year, and the CAA Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player.
In 2007 as a junior, Unterstein earned USILA All-American honorable mention honors, and was named to the All-CAA second team as well as the All-CAA Tournament team. As a sophomore in 2006, Kevin, his twin brother Mike, and their older brother Chris combined to help lead Hofstra to a 17-2 record, a No. 2 national ranking and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. He was also named to the All-CAA Rookie Team as a freshman.
Following graduation in 2008, he became an assistant under Bill Tierney at Princeton in 2009, working with the defense and face-off specialists. He would follow Tierney to Denver in 2010 to help coordinate the Pioneers' man-down unit and work specifically with the defensive midfielders and work with assistant coach Trevor Tierney with the defense and the overall face-off game.
Unterstein has also played professionally in Major League Lacrosse, playing for the Long Island/New York Lizards in 2009, 2012 and 2013, and the Denver Outlaws in 2010 and 2011.
A native of Shoreham, N.Y., he was a high school All-American at Shoreham-Wading River High, where he was part of four Suffolk County championships and one state championship.