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Jeff Tambroni
Jeff  Tambroni

Head Coach

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Hobart '92


#14 MLAX Hosts Michigan for Senior Day

Penn State will host Michigan at 11 a.m. Saturday for Senior Day


#12 MLAX heads to #10 Rutgers

The No. 12 Penn State men’s lacrosse team travels to No. 10 Rutgers for a Sunday night Big Ten showdown in Piscataway, New Jersey at 7 p.m. on Sunday evening


#15 MLAX Hosts #5 Johns Hopkins

No. 15 Penn State men's lacrosse team hosts No. 5 Johns Hopkins on Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m.


No. 18 MLAX Hosts No. 2 Maryland

Penn State men's lacrosse hosts No. 2 Maryland at 7 p.m. on Sunday.


MLAX Opens B1G Play at OSU

Penn State opens league play at Ohio State on Saturday at 3 p.m.


No. 9 Penn State vs. No 12 Loyola (2/15/14)

No. 9 Penn State men's lacrosse fell to No. 12 Loyola on Feb. 15, 2014 at Holuba Hall, 12-11 (OT).


Penn State Men's Lacrosse Beats UMass, 10-7, in CAA Semifinals

Penn State defeated UMass, 10-7, to earn a spot in the CAA Final in Happy Valley. Photos by Steve Tressler


Men's Lacrosse Wins at UMass (3/16/13)

Penn State defeated UMass, 7-5, in Amherst, Mass. (Photos by Steve LaCrosse)


No. 8 Men's Lacrosse Falls to No. 3 Notre Dame, 10-9 in OT

No. 8 Penn State men's lacrosse dropped a 10-9 overtime thriller to No. 3 Notre Dame at Holuba Hall.


No. 15 Men's Lacrosse Downs No. 9 Denver in Jacksonville

No. 15 Penn State men's lacrosse defeated No. 9 Denver in Jacksonville, Fla. on Sunday, Feb. 17.

HOBART HALL OF FAME (Class of '18)

   After guiding the Nittany Lions through their second season of Big Ten Lacrosse, Jeff Tambroni returns for his eighth season as Penn State’s head coach in 2018.

   Tambroni, one of the sport’s most decorated coaches, enters the 2018 season ranking ninth among all active Division I coaches in career win percentage. Tambroni led the Nittany Lions to a 12-4 record, just the seventh season with double-digit win season, and just the second in the last 20 season (2013, 2017). Penn State set a program record after opening the season with a 10-0 record, the best start in school history. The 10th win highlighted the streak as Penn State took down No.5 Ohio State, 9-4, to earn just the eighth win in program history over a top-five team. Penn State also earned their first winning record in Big Ten play, going 3-2. Tambroni saw three earn USILA All-American honorable mention honors, while Nick Aponte added a USILA Scholar All-American honor as well.

During the 2016 season, Tambroni guided Penn State to its fifth season going .500 or above under his guidance. Most notably of the 2016 campaign, he led Penn State to defeat a top-ranked opponent for the first time in program history on March 26, when the Nittany Lions earned a 15-10 victory over defending national champions and No. 1 ranked Denver, snapping the opponent’s 20-game win streak. Penn State notched two other wins over ranked opponents during the 2016 campaign as well, knocking off No. 18 Cornell and No. 8 Harvard in the process.

   Tambroni led Penn State to be one of the most efficient teams in the country in 2016, with the team finishing second in Division I in turnovers per game while finishing sixth in the country in shooting percentage. Penn State earned its first unanimous All-Big Ten selection in attackman Nick Aponte, while Grant Ament and Mike Aronow earned All-Big Ten honorable mentions. Tambroni also led TJ Sanders to be named Penn State’s ninth USILA Scholar All-America selection.

   Tambroni guided the Nittany Lions through a historic season in 2015 that brought Penn State's first appearance in the Big Ten Tournament following the first ever season of Big Ten lacrosse. The Nittany Lions opened the season ranked No. 14 in the USILA DI Preseason Coaches' Poll and knocked off No. 16/11 Penn during the 2015 season. Tambroni also led Penn State to its first two Big Ten conference victories as well as a berth to the conference tournament. He also mentored rising senior TJ Sanders to USILA All-America honorable mention honors.

   In 2014, Tambroni led Penn State to its fourth consecutive above-.500 season. His student-athletes earned the eighth USILA All-American and third Scholar All-America honors of Tambroni’s Penn State career. He also coached goalkeeper Austin Kaut to his school record third All-America honor and conference-best All-CAA first team award.

   Penn State’s 2013 campaign saw Tambroni lead Penn State to one of the greatest seasons in program history while celebrating its 100th season. The Nittany Lions set records for wins (12) and earned the program’s first outright regular season conference title by sweeping the CAA with a 6-0 record. PSU rattled off 10 straight wins from March through May to earn the school’s third NCAA bid and first chance to host an NCAA game.

   Tambroni was named CAA Coach of the Year for the second time in his career (2011), while Kaut (under Tambroni’s tutelage) was named Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award for the nation’s best goalie. Also, Kaut was CAA Player and Defensive Player of the Year. Sanders was named Rookie of the Year and the Nittany Lions placed six on the All-CAA first team.

   During the 2012 campaign, Tambroni led the Nittany Lions to a second-place CAA finish with two USILA All-Americans and six All-CAA honorees. Penn State finished with a 9-6 overall record and a 5-1 mark in conference action.

   The 2011 CAA Co-Coach of the Year, Tambroni led the Nittany Lions to a 7-7 record and their first-ever CAA tournament berth during his first year at the program’s helm.

   In 2011, eight Nittany Lions garnered All-CAA recognition and freshman Kaut earned Rookie of the Year honors while being named a USILA Honorable Mention All-American.

   Prior to Penn State, Tambroni spent 10 seasons as head coach at Cornell (2001-10). He guided the Big Red to a 109-40 record and three NCAA Semifinal appearances (2007, 2009-10), including the 2009 National Championship game.

   Tambroni was named USILA Division I Coach of the Year following the 2009 season and was tabbed the 2007 and 2009 Field Turf/NCAA Division I Coach of the Year. Tambroni was also the 2004 and 2009 Ithaca Journal Male Coach of the Year and a three-time National Coach of the Week.

   While at Cornell, Tambroni became the 10th-fastest coach to reach the 100-win mark when he accomplished the feat in his 134th career game in March 2010.

   During his tenure, his players earned 37 first-team All-Ivy honors, including five Ivy League awards, and three conference Rookie of the Year selections. In addition, 39 players garnered All-America recognition.

   Prior to serving as Cornell’s head coach, he spent four seasons as a Big Red assistant coach (1997-2000). Tambroni also served as assistant coach at Loyola College in 1997 and at his alma mater, Hobart College, for three seasons. With the Statesmen, he helped the program reach the 1994 NCAA Division III National Championship game.

   A 1992 graduate, Tambroni earned his bachelor’s degree in American studies. He earned first-team All-America honors as a senior and was twice named a second-team All-American (1990-91). The MVP of the 1990 NCAA title game, Tambroni helped lead the team to back-to-back NCAA championships (1990-91) and left Hobart tied for seventh on the school’s all-time scoring list with 202 points.

   Before embarking upon his collegiate coaching career, Tambroni coached the Heaton Mersey Lacrosse Club of the English Lacrosse Union for one year and served as a visiting coach for the Czech-American Lacrosse Foundation in Prague in the summer of 1996.

   Tambroni and his wife, Michelle, have three daughters, Carissa, Madison, and Ella. Michelle played field hockey at Penn State from 1988-90 and earned All-America honors as a senior.

Year W-L Pct. Season Notes
2001 7-6 .538
2002 11-4 .733 NCAA Quarterfinals
2003 9-4 .692 Co-Ivy Champions
2004 9-5 .643 Co-Ivy Champions, NCAA Quarterfinals
2005 11-3 .786 Ivy Champions, NCAA Quarterfinals
2006 11-3 .786 Co-Ivy Champions, NCAA First Round
2007 15-1 .938 Ivy Champions, NCAA Semifinalist
2008 11-4 .733 Co-Ivy Champions, NCAA First Round
2009 13-4 .764 Co-Ivy Champions, NCAA Runner-Up
2010 12-6 .667 Co-Ivy Champions, NCAA Semifinalist
2011* 7-7 .500 CAA Tournament
2012* 9-6 .600 CAA Tournament
2013* 12-5 .706 CAA Regular Season Champs, NCAA Tournament
2014* 7-6 .538
2015* 5-9 .357 Big Ten Tournament
2016* 8-7 .533 Big Ten Tournament
2017* 12-4 .750 NCAA Tournament First Round
TOTAL 169-84 .668

*Penn State


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