KEVIN J. DEMPSEY
President & CEO Boys and Girls Youth Lacrosse Programs
a New York native, Kevin J. Dempsey enters his 22nd season as President & CEO and coach of the Silverbacks Lacrosse Association. Dempsey got his start in Lacrosse while on Long Island assistant coaching with the Huntington Boys Club where his son Kevin Michael Dempsey played his youth lacrosse. Through a job transfer taking Dempsey to Delaware, he became actively involved in the Delaware Youth Lacrosse Association serving as it's first President from 1993 to 1996. He currently serves as Treasurer of the DYLA, a position he has held since 2007.
In 1993, he formed the Newark Youth Lacrosse Club starting boys and then girls lacrosse programs. During his tenture as executive director, Dempsey has coached all boys age levels from U9 through U15. In 2003, he served as head coach for the U13 Delaware All-star team playing in the US Lacrosse National Youth Tournament in Binghamton, NY. Dempsey is currently head coach with their U11A team.
From 1993 to 2011, Dempsey served as one of the original board members of the Delaware Lacrosse Foundation helping to contribute to the growth of lacrosse at the boys and girls youth levels and high school as well. In 2003, Dempsey was inducted into the Delaware Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
During the time his middle son Brian was playing lacrosse in high school, Dempsey was President of the Newark Boys Lacrosse Booster Club from 2003 to 2005.
Dempsey and his wife, Fran, have 3 grown children; Kevin M., Brian and John and are the proud grandparents to James and Colin.
Dempsey, who attended the New York Institute of Technology, is Sales Manager for New Process Fibre Company, a privately held manufacturer of custom components to variety of corporate OEM customers.
Director of the Delaware Lacrosse Academy & High School Tournament Teams
a Maryland native, Christian Zwickert enters his second season as the head men’s lacrosse coach at Immaculata as well as Coordinator of Intramurals and Fitness Center during 2011-12.
During his first season at the helm, Zwickert coached six Immaculata players to All-CSAC Honorable Mention status, and had 11 players named to the CSAC Spring All-Academic Team. Immaculata's six all-league selections marked a program-high for the Mighty Macs.
Zwickert led the Mighty Macs back to the CSAC Tournament for the second consecutive season as the No. 4 seed after going 3-3 during conference regular-season play.
Zwickert, who became the program’s third head coach, brought nine years of collegiate coaching experience to Immaculata, including five at the head coaching level. Zwickert most recently served as the head men’s lacrosse coach at Wesley College in Dover, Del., from 2004-08.
While at Wesley, Zwickert served as both the head lacrosse coach and Director of Intramurals. He authored a 42-34 (.553) record and four-straight winning seasons during his five-year tenure while qualifying for the conference tournament all five years. He was named the 2004 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Coach of the Year in his first campaign with the Wolverines. Zwickert also served as the PAC and Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) representative for the USILA Division III Coaches Poll from 2005 through 2008. He also served on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee for Division III for three years.
Zwickert directed and organized all aspects of Wesley’s intramural program, including marketing, implementation and evaluation of programs offered, formation of teams, development of guidelines and schedules and supervision of work-study employees. Zwickert also held positions in intramurals and fitness at both Providence College and Franklin & Marshall College.
Zwickert began his collegiate coaching career in 1999 as the assistant coach at Providence College. While with the Friars, he served as both the offensive coordinator and goalkeeping coach. He also was involved in recruiting, fundraising and working with student-athletes in their academic progress.
Following his days at Providence, Zwickert was the head lacrosse coach at Salesianum High School in Wilmington, Del., in 2000. He returned to the college ranks in 2001 as an assistant coach at Dartmouth College, where he handled various coaching duties.
In 2002, Zwickert moved to Franklin & Marshall College where he served as an assistant coach and the offensive and recruiting coordinator. The Diplomats finished as the ECAC South Region champions during his one season. He returned to the Division I level during the 2003 season as the special teams assistant coach at Drexel University.
Zwickert has also coached at the national level as a head coach and assistant general manager for the Polish National Team beginning in 2008. Poland finished 14th at the 2010 World Games in Manchester, England. He also served as the German National Team’s head coach in 2001, leading Germany to a perfect 6-0 record and winning the nation’s first European Championship in Cardiff, Wales. From 1998-2000, Zwickert was a national team player for Germany as both a midfielder and attackman.
He has held various other positions in the lacrosse community ranging from Vice President of Sales for Onyx Lacrosse to coaching lacrosse as head coach at Salesianum School, The Sanford School and DelCastle Technical and Vocational High School. He is currently the Owner and Director of Silverbacks High School Recruiting Travel Teams, Director of Coaching and Player development for the Silverbacks Youth Lacrosse Program, and is a board member and co-vice president of the Delaware Lacrosse Foundation.
Zwickert is actively involved in the community, serving on the Traumatic Brain Injury Council and on the board of directors for United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware where he is the founder and co-director for Lacrosse for Cerebral Palsy, which is an annual recruiting tournament for Cerebral Palsy awareness and is a fundraiser for United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware’s Summer Camp program available to children of all types of disabilities.
Zwickert received his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education Studies from the University of Delaware in 1995.
Zwickert and his wife, Heather, have three children – a daughter, Avery, and two sons, Collin and Cameron.